When expecting a baby, the to-do list can seem endless. You’ll want to make the transition into this new, exciting phase of life as seamless as possible. So while reviewing your birth plan, don’t forget to prep the apartment for your new arrival.
While everyone has their own approach to raising children, most parents agree that childproofing your home is essential. (And trust us, you’ll want to do more than just add a crib and pinchless baby gate).
But that doesn’t mean you have to feel overwhelmed by preparation. If you’re not sure where to start when getting the space ready for your little one, take a look at these simple steps to help baby-proof your home.
Secure Heavy FurnitureWhen it comes to childproofing your home, one of the first steps will be to assess your living situation. Take a look at the furniture pieces in your apartment and notice if any pose a hazard to your new addition. Heavy bookshelves, dressers, and television sets are best handled by fixing them into place with furniture straps. This will prevent them from toppling over when your toddler begins to move about your home.
Bathroom SafetyThe bathroom is definitely an area to pay attention to when expecting a baby. While excess water can be hazardous, fortunately there are plenty of ways to keep your little one safe. If you have access to your hot water heater, take the time to set a maximum temperature for your bathtub. Less than 120 degrees is a safe bet, to prevent accidental burning when your child begins to discover the faucet knobs. You’ll also want to take steps in securing the toilet seat. Lid-locks are a simple method to baby-proof your toilet. And always remember, keep an unoccupied bathroom door locked, so your curious toddler doesn’t explore on their own.
Tie Up CordsYou likely weren’t aware of how many cords are in your home, until it comes time to baby-proof the apartment. Everything from electrical cords to window treatments can be exciting “toys” for your curious toddler. To avoid tugging and tangling, keep any strings out of sight. Tie up blinds so they’re out of reach, and tape any electrical cords to the wall or floor. This will help your child avoid any potential dangling dangers.
Cabinet LocksKeep cleaning products and harmful chemicals out of your baby’s reach by adding safety locks to cabinet doors. This simple step makes a huge difference in securing your home. While it’s best to store hazardous materials and medicines on higher shelves, take the extra step in adding childproof locks so your baby won’t have access to the lower cabinets as well.
Outlet CoversElectrical outlets tend to be right at a crawling child’s eye level. To avoid any dangerous interactions, buy some outlet covers to keep electrical sockets sealed when not in use. Add tight plugs to outlets you use on a regular basis, and for any spare sockets, consider screw-on plastic plates for added protection.
Baby BumpersYou’ll be surprised how quickly your child will start moving. And once they’re on the move, they’ll want to explore! Add baby bumpers to any sharp edges of furniture or walls. This will keep them from harm while they crawl around.