Getting Your Home Baby Ready
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Whether you are pregnant and getting your home ready for the new arrival, or whether you're moving into a new home with your baby, there are certain things you can do to make the home safer.
- If your baby is still on its way, check safety considerations for cribs, equipment and other furniture the baby may use. In case of second-hand baby apparel passed on by friends and family, examine it to check that it is safe, and it’s up to proper safety codes.
- Remove stuffed animals from the crib to prevent your baby from suffocating. A better idea is to hang toys above the crib, near the baby monitor.
- Make sure that you have an over-supply of everything the baby will need: formula, feeding bottles, baby soap and shampoo, lotion and powder, diapers, wash cloths, blankets, toilet paper, diaper rash ointment, and so forth.
- Install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector outside her room and test them regularly.
- Place emergency numbers beside each of your landline phones and on your mobile phone.
- Cover unused electric outlets and hide all cables.
- Install safety gates at the top and the bottom of stairs.
- Remove all small objects from the floor on which the baby can choke, and secure larger objects so that they cannot pull these down on themselves.