When you’re buying for a newborn, chances are you’re thinking about the essentials. They’ll need blankets, nappies, a pushchair, baby-grows, and wipes. Right? While this may do for a little while, babies grow up all too quickly, and once they are mobile, you’ll spend much of your time attempting to keep her out of things and areas of your home that could potentially be hazardous to her.
After all, exploring and experiencing things is important to their development. It’s for this reason that investing a bit of time and money into making your home as safe as possible is vital.
But what do you buy?
New Baby Checklist: Safety
Keep in mind that babies aged 8 months+ love copying what they see mum and dad do. They want to walk like you and play with the same things you do. So don’t be surprised when they begin passing over those toys you just bought and heading straight for the scissors, your phone, your tools or cookware. All of these items are enormously appealing to them because they see you ‘play’ with them all the time.
One of the best ways to keep your baby safe from these items is to keep them out of reach. You can still indulge their behaviour though (remember, they are learning!) by buying baby-safe versions of those items. They love to have their own set of pots and pans or a mobile phone so they can join in on your next conference call.
Keeping your baby safe involves more than just putting certain items on a higher shelf, though. Here are a few other safety items you’ll need when buying for your baby.
• Smoke Alarms – These alarms are inexpensive and very important to have in your home. A smoke alarm should be in every floor of your home. Change the batteries every year to make sure they are working properly and test them every week.
• Fire Guards – Fires and heaters need to be well-guarded to prevent tiny hands from finding them and getting burned. Use surrounding guards to keep baby at a safe distance.
• Door Slam Protectors – These protectors clip onto the edges of doors so little ones can’t accidentally slam the door on their fingers.
• Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. Alarms are the only way to detect if a leak has occurred, so place them in any area that has a flame-burning appliance.
• Safety Gates – Safety gates can make life much easier, even if you live in a single storey home or apartment, by keeping your baby contained to certain parts of the home while exploring. Place stair-gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent falls. Retractable gates like the KiddyGuard can also be used to keep crawling babies and toddlers away from the kitchen or keep pets at bay too.
When you’re buying for your baby, make sure to remember that they will be crawling before you know it. Start investing in tools and equipment from this new baby checklist to baby proof your home as soon as you can!