Congratulations! You’ve seen those two little lines, shared the big news with family and friends, and started planning for all the life changes that come with adding a new member to the family. With so much to do before Baby arrives (including that all-important R&R), it’s never too early to start preparing your home. Read on for some helpful advice on how to baby-proof your house!
5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable With a Baby on the Way
1. Keep Substances Out of Reach
By substances, we mean anything that’s commonly used around the home or for medicinal purposes—things you may just have laying around or sitting in low cabinets. Go through your house searching for things like:
- Bathroom and kitchen cleaning supplies
- Medicines and vitamins
- Dish soap and laundry detergent
- Rodent traps or poison
- Cosmetics and personal hygiene products
2. Secure Furniture and Loose Items
Once Baby starts to crawl, you won’t be able to control where his or her little hands touch, tug, or pull. Make sure every room is safe by bolting heavy furniture to the wall (to prevent tipping), organizing electrical cords safely (to prevent electrocution), and checking for any lose caps on door stoppers and furniture legs (to prevent accidental swallowing).
Because falling is one of the biggest dangers, add soft corner guards on all hard edges and corners.
3. Pay Special Attention to Windows
Windows are a major hazard to young children, even beyond infancy. Keep Baby safe by replacing outdated blinds with cordless ones, replacing floor-length curtains with shorter ones that are out of reach, and by moving furniture—especially the crib—away from windows.
4. Update Your Emergency Kit
This tip is commonly overlooked because it isn’t strictly baby-proofing. Nevertheless, now is a great time to double check that your household emergency systems are in place and functioning properly, including:
- Fire extinguishers
- Smoke detectors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Household alarm systems, if you have them
5. Make Sure You Have Enough Space
Even the most baby-proofed home will still be uncomfortable if it’s too small to accommodate your growing family. If you think you’ll need extra space, it’s better to take care of remodeling or adding a home addition before the due date.
Here are just a few popular ways to remodel your home for Baby:
- Turning an office into a nursery
- Transforming a spare bedroom into a playroom
- Replacing worn-out carpet with easier-to-clean hardwood flooring
- Updating old, potentially toxic interior paint
- Adding a home addition for extra living space
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