When Baby Learns to Crawl: Keeping Your Home Safe

Baby SafetyHouses are generally not built to be safe for babies. With all the extra wires you add, the furniture you buy, and the appliances you plug in, your home can be as dangerous for your baby as any other place. The safety of your child inside your home is your responsibility. Here are some suggestions to help you make your home a less risky place for your baby to grow up in.

Cover the outlets

Exposed outlets are notorious for accidents among children. Don’t buy low-cost outlet caps that are easy to remove; they can be choking hazards too. Buy those that screw or lock in place. If you recently moved into the house, you may want to check the outlets’ functionality with an electric circuit tester. TASCO, Inc. noted that this is to make sure that there’s no danger of electrocution or sparks when you plug in an appliance. Better yet, call an electrician to do it for you.

Watch where your baby crawls

When your baby learns to crawl, it’s only a matter of time before they try to grab on anything to help them get up. Your furniture and appliances become instant risks for toppling and bumps. Attach corner or edge guards to prevent bumps, and secure furniture to the walls to prevent toppling. Use wall mounts for your TVs. Never let your baby crawl near the dishwasher, oven, or washing machine.

Do not let your toddler play unattended in the driveway

There are many cases in which a driver fails to see kids playing in the driveway. Unfortunately, these have led to disastrous consequences. Don’t let your little one play unattended in this area, or don’t let her play there at all. Provide a safe area in your home where a child can play, and be sure to look in on her.

Babies cannot recognize the dangers around them. It’s your job to be their eye. Be sure to apply these precautions around your home to keep your baby safe.