10 Surprising Places (and People!) You Should Check When Baby-Proofing
Babysitters — Even if your babysitter has been background-checked and is certified, doesn’t mean that they know everything about child safety. Show them how to use toilet-locks, gates, cabinet-locks, etc. and explain what exactly to do in an emergency. Be sure to leave Poison Control’s number, just in case an accident does occur.
Bathtubs — Bathtubs are slippery, and a tub full of water makes it possible for a child to drown. But one thing you must make sure of is that you don’t burn your child with too hot of water. A child’s skin burns before ours at 120 degrees. You can prevent access to scalding water by using anti-scald devices and/or setting your water heater to a maximum temperature of 120 degrees.
Doorstops — Kids can, and will, take apart everything…even doorstops. Replace the little rubber tips (a choking hazard) on your doorstop with one-piece rubber doorstops.
Gates — Never ever use a pressure gate on stairs. If it gives (and it will), your child will get hurt. Use a well installed, wall-mounted gate that functions like a door.
Grandparents — A lot has changed since your parents raised you, and some of the things they used to do, may be considered safety hazards to your child now. Be sure to update them on new safety rules for children and how to operate the child-safety products used throughout the home.
Older Children — You may be aware of safety hazards around your home, but your older children may be oblivious to the amount of dangers in your home. Educate them, go over safety tips, teach them how to properly use child-lock items and tell them what to do if there’s an accident.
Plants — Plants and children do not mix well. Some of your indoor and outdoor plants – hydrangeas and azaleas are a few – could be toxic to children if ingested and cause a plethora of tummy problems. Plants like boxwoods are even known for causing nasty rashes, so before you purchase a plant, make sure you learn about its toxicity levels.
Potpourri — Potpourri, nice smelling soaps, dried flowers and incense may look good and smell nice, but they are major choking hazards for children.
Tall furniture — Anything that is taller than it is wide has the potential to be pulled over by a child learning how to pull themselves up. Make sure to attach furniture to the wall, or block it off, to prevent crashes.
Throw rugs — Rugs make it really easy for kids to slip (or trip) and fall. Make sure you buy non-slip carpet tape or carpet non-skid mesh.
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