So you’re expecting a baby? But you’re not just expecting a baby, you’re also expecting a new world of challenges and a lot of change – sounds like an adventure! Congratulations! If you’re a first-time parent this may be an intimidating time, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to be prepared.
To calm those jitters, we’ve compiled a little list of things to remember. It’s not all inclusive, but hopefully will get you thinking. Every home is different so be sure you do a check of your house a few times- thinking through what could be a possible danger to your baby with furniture, doors, or appliances.
- Outlets – There are different styles of covers, find the one that’s right for your home.
- Doors – This one may not be needed until they are older. If there is a room you don’t want your baby to go into, get some knob covers or put a baby gate up. Be sure you measure your doorway so it fits perfectly.
- Floors — Carpet that should be fine, but check other flooring for sharp edges or uneven places. Place a mat down or if it’s a bigger spot – invest in a rug. Once your baby starts crawling, the floor will be their playground. Keep it clean too!
- Furniture — Sharp edges should be addressed. You might need to cover some sharp edges, elevate breakable items, and move candles to the kitchen counter.
- Dishwasher – Don’t put cleaner in unless you are starting a load right away! Keep closed and locked when your baby is around.
- Stove/oven – If you have knobs that are in the front of the oven, cover them. Once your baby gets older, consider getting an oven lock for the door.
- Fridge— Depending on the style you have, you may or may not need a lock.
- Toilets— Lock the lid if necessary.
- Cabinet doors—Move dangerous materials/ chemicals/ breakables to higher cabinets or shelves. Put latches on necessary doors.
- Odds and ends—Whether it’s cleaners (try some homemade cleaners), vacuums, litter boxes, brooms, or any other ground level item; be sure to put them in an off-limits closet, or put them in a bin, or hang them in the laundry room.
Safety is important for your baby. Accidents will happen, but if you do a thorough check, you can keep them minimal. Enjoy this time with your baby and have peace of mind that your home is great place for them to grow!