Babies home? Consider these factors to keep them safe

baby safety at home
Parents have to be careful when the baby begins to crawl and move around to explore the surroundings. Image courtesy: Ole.CNX/Shutterstock

Welcoming a baby into the house surely demands lots of changes in the way the household functions. As the child grows, the interiors too should be changed to accommodate the needs of the kid. Such changes are essential to ensure a safe environment for the child to develop his/her physical and mental faculties.

There is no need to change the interiors in the initial days or at least until the baby does not move. However, parents have to be careful when the baby begins to crawl and move around to explore the surroundings. The baby would be curious to explore even the tiniest corners in the house. So, the first step is to discard any furniture that could be precarious. In case it is not possible to discard them, then make sure that they are not placed around the child’s vicinity.

Ensure that the floors are kept neat and tidy always. The baby, who crawls on all fours, might suck their fingers. So, it is important that the floors are wiped using disinfectants. Make sure that the fibers on the carpets do not come off if the child lies on it. However, do not lay the child on carpets or rugs that are stepped on by others.

Look for small screws or nails that may otherwise escape your attention and remove them. Kids who crawl would naturally put things into their mouth as it is one of the ways to explore their surroundings. So, it isn’t safe to carelessly leave around objects that could be a potential choking hazard. Do not make the kids sit on high chairs or furniture that are taller.

It is better to leave the spaces open, without congesting them with unnecessary furniture. Make the stairways ‘baby proof’ by installing safety gates. It would be wise to avoid indoor plants or breakable objects inside the house at least until the child is old enough to manage on his own. Similarly, medicines too shouldn’t be kept within the reach of children. Tiny objects that could be a choking hazard should be kept safely, away from their reach. 

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