It's never too early to baby-proof your home. Even before your baby is mobile, risks abound. Before they're mobile, babies can't get into as much trouble on their own. But there are many hidden hazards to watch out for. And sometimes we don't realize that a hazard exists until an accident almost happens….or does actually take place.
1. Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury to children under the age of one. To prevent your baby from tumbling, and to avoid falls yourself, take these precautions:
2. Cords are always a danger! Watch for television cords, stereo equipment, cell phone chargers and anything with a rope or string. If they got ahold of it and gave a big enough tug, there is the possibility your television could slip forward. Just keep those cords wrapped up and tucked away. This goes for cords for the blinds and curtain near the crib as well (strangulation hazard too).
3. Remove chokables – any small objects that are within your baby's reach. If it's small enough to fit through a roll of toilet paper , then it's a choking risk.
4. Safe bathing – the bathtub is the most common location for home drowning deaths. Never leave your child unattended or out of reach during bath time, even for a second.
5. Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by following these guidelines.
At the recent Every Little Step program with momstown Kitchener-Waterloo, moms were pleased to receive some safety items from Walmart Canada (free shipping anytime!) that included cabinet locks from Safety 1st and sun shades from Brica. Levana even gave away an Oma Portable Baby Movement Monitor to one lucky mom!
Remember, to always be safe with baby and keep yourself safe as well when carrying your baby.