When you’re buying for a newborn, chances are you’re thinking about the essentials. She’ll need blankets, nappies, a pushchair, babygrows, 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.
You don’t want to completely cut her off from the world, though. After all, exploring and experiencing things is important to her 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 eight months or over 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 and paper, your tablet, your phone, your tools, your cookware, or your Mp3 player. 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 her behaviour though (remember, she’s learning!) by buying baby-safe versions of those items. She’d love to have her own set of pots and pans or a mobile phone so she 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.
• 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 stairgates at thetop and bottom of stairs to prevent falls and in lavatory doorways if some members of your house have trouble remembering to close the lavatory door. 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.
• Door Slam Protectors – These protectors clip onto the edges of doors so little ones can’t accidentally slam the door on their fingers.
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 babyproof your home as soon as you can