Your baby’s curiosity could get him into trouble if you’re not very careful with the way you manage the risks around the house. While you can’t really take away every possible risk, you can greatly reduce the possibility of any serious injury by removing major risk factors for your baby.
There a lot that we can think of, but for this one we’ll give more attention to the ones that have potentially serious consequences if not taken cared of immediately. It’s perfectly okay to double or even triple check everything. After all, your baby’s safety matters the most.
Here are some risk factors in and around house you should be aware of and what you should do about them. Take note that these factors are the most urgent ones because they can pose a great risk to your child:
- Crib – Your baby’s crib must be appropriate for your child’s weight and has the child safety seal of approval. If your crib has an adjustable platform, see to it that your child can’t climb out of it. Leave a space of around three feet between the crib and things that he might grab like baby monitors, food trays, plastic bags, etc. which can cause strangulation or suffocation.
- Furniture – By the time your baby is out of the crib, the next thing he wants is go up so he’ll try to climb whatever piece of furniture his little hands can grab hold to. Be mindful of open shelves with several levels or any low furniture that he can climb on to. Make sure they won’t fall over and position them far from the windows. If it’s not upholstered, rounding off the corners and edges or using corner protectors will help prevent injury to your baby’s head or face.
- Floors – Padded floors help minimize the effect of falling over. Since you can’t always take away the possibility of falling over, you could at least have some peace of mind that your child can walk away from it. Puzzle mats made of soft rubber are pretty easy to come by. Install it in areas where you child usually plays like the nursery room or playroom.
- Stored water – Toddlers are especially at risk of drowning since they could easily get into areas like the bathroom, kitchen, or backyard where some stored water is left uncovered. Inspect the house for water-filled buckets, tubs, baths which he could climb and fall into and cause drowning. If you have a tank or swimming pool, do every possible means to make it inaccessible to him.
- Electrical outlets – If you have tamper-resistant outlets installed already, this shouldn’t be a problem to you. These outlets can’t be accessed without simultaneous pressure on each side so it’s virtually impossible for your child to stick anything into it. However, if you still have that standard electrical outlet, you can purchase outlet plug and covers that fits tightly and won’t come off very easily.