Moving can be overwhelming and tedious. The thought of moving alone discourages some people from making the transition into their dream house. When you focus on the pros and plan ahead, you can mitigate a lot of the risks associated with moving. For families that are moving with a baby, planning also has to be done as it pertains to baby-proofing the new home.
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The safety and security of your family should always be a top priority as such creating a safe and friendly environment for your baby is an absolute necessity. There are lots of potential dangers at home that kids are exposed to – electrical, heavy furniture, heights, kitchen utensils, etc. Make sure you inspect all rooms in your new home for potential hazards. Write down your findings and take the necessary steps to avoid any casualty. Here are some tips that will enable you to create a safer environment for your baby:
1. Nursery Room
Make sure the crib is a reasonable distance away from the window. Babies like to climb on top of furniture which therefore increases the risk of your baby reaching for the window. After watching mom or dad, they may even open windows themselves. Install window guards or secure windows so they can’t be opened. “Empty the crib of any stuffed animals or other toys, blankets, and pillows to minimize the risk of accidental suffocation”, says Josh Devaal, Writer at Moving.tips. He also advised parents to “check if the changing table is stable enough and if it is not, fix it right away”.
According to Green City Movers, “despite the fact that changing tables appear sturdy, secure yours to the wall to prevent accidents”. They also recommend that you protect all sharp edges and corners with removable soft foam safety guards as babies can easily bump their head on a sharp end of the table.
2. Stairways and Entrances
If you have just moved to a multi-storey house, there is a high potential risk of your child falling down the stairs if the stairways are not protected. This can be remedied by mounting safety gates at the bottom and top level of the stairs. Make sure the gates are properly secured at all times. You should also make sure all staircases and hallways are sufficiently lit and don’t forget to hold on to the staircase railings for support while you carry your baby or toddler up and down your new house. Kitchen and door entrances should also be secured with safety gates.
If there is one place in a home that has lots of potential hazard for your child, that place is your kitchen. The kitchen is where you keep your knives, fork, breakable plates, glasses, and other items that could cause severe harm to your child if not handled properly.
Children do not fully understand the nature and use of most of these items, as such they tend to misuse them and treat them as toy. Even though the safety gates will prevent your child from entering the kitchen, you should keep your knives, forks and other potential hazardous items in cabinets that are out of your child’s reach. Also make sure these items are washed and kept in their right place immediately after use. You can enhance the safety of the kitchen even further by buying locks for the cabinets (this is very useful if your kitchen’s cabinets are accessible to your child).
There are quite a few potential dangers that your child could be exposed to in the bathroom. Install toilet locks to prevent accidental drowning. Toilet locks also prevent exposure to harmful bacteria. Finally, locks prevent your baby from throwing toys and other items into the toilet. Mommy’s Helper Lid-Lok is a good brand that you can buy from Amazon for $10 or less.
When bathing your child, make sure the water is set to an appropriate temperature to prevent skin burns. Make sure you avoid slippery by using slip-resistant infant bathtub and a non-slip bathtub mat. You can buy an anti-bacteria, non-toxic bathtub mat from Hudson’s Bay for $19. In addition, you can use a towel for a better grip when taking your child off the bathtub.
If you happen to keep your medications in the bathroom, make sure the medicine cabinet is safely closed and well out of your kid’s reach.
5. Electrical Outlets
While most homes have electrical outlets that are safe, you should look into making the nursery room and other rooms in your home safer by ensuring that the outlets are in good condition and can’t easily be tampered with. You can further improve the safety of your home by installing electrical outlet protectors. These items can be purchase from Toys R Us under $5. Cords that are within your child’s reach are potential risks of strangulation. Avoid using cord where possible. There are plenty of cordless alternatives at stores nowadays.
Implementing the above tips will greatly improve the safety and comfort of your home, thereby giving you more peace of mind. Treat this as a top priority and ensure it is completed immediately you move into your new home.
At Nodigore, we are strongly committed to enhancing the lives of our customers and making sure that their transition into a new home is easy, affordable and stress-free. Our customer service reps are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding relocation or furniture/appliance delivery. You can reach us at (416) 800-2123.