There are so many things to think about when a new child comes into your home, but setting up a childproof bedroom is one of the most important. Children spend most of their unsupervised time in their cribs or their bedrooms, so it’s particularly important that these areas be free from hazards. Start by setting up a crib that’s safe for a child, and then adapt the remaining items in the bedroom in a way that will prevent unnecessary accidents. And please! Make sure that you have an accessible, well-stocked first-aid kit in your home. Check it regularly, and replace any items that you may have used. Would love to see your ideas here
Use cordless window coverings. Blinds, shades or curtains that are raised by pull cords are dangerous to children because they can easily get wrapped around a baby’s neck. Cordless window coverings, such as “honeycomb”-style blinds, are not only safer for children, but provide great insulation for your home as well.If you have cords on your window blinds, shades or curtains, cut them off or use cord shorteners, safety tassels, or wind-ups to keep them out of reach.Since November, 2000, all window blinds sold in the United States are required to come with attachments on the pull cords to prevent a loop from forming between the slats if a child pulls on them.
Use window guards and safety netting. Window guards have bars that are about 4 inches (10 cm) apart, and will keep children from falling from an open window. They screw into the sides of the window frame itself. Safety netting will prevent falls from balconies or decks.Check regularly to make sure that the guards and netting are still secure.You can find both window guards and safety netting at most retail hardware stores.Consider the way the window opens. If a window opens from the top, then it will be out of reach for a child to push his way through the screen. If it opens from the bottom, you should put a window guard on it to make sure it only goes up 3 inches, or the distance of an adult fist.
Cover outlets and use outlet plates. Using outlet plates are recommended over outlet covers, which a curious toddler will notice you removing whenever you need to access the outlet. In an outlet plate, sliding covers allow an adult to access the outlet when needed, while protecting a child against accidental injury.If you have a lot of wires in your child’s room, it’s a good idea to conceal them in a wire guard when you’re childproofing the room.Reserve the plastic outlet covers for rarely used outlets, or outlets that are typically out-of-reach.
Make your own door guards. If you’re hosting a child in your home, you may not have access to commercial door guards. You can always use a simple washcloth or similar material to keep a door closed.As you close the door, hold the washcloth between the door and the door frame on the same side as the door handle.You’ll be able to close the door, and the washcloth will stay in place. The extra pressure against the door will prevent a child from opening the door.When you need to get in or out, pull the washcloth tight with one hand, and turn the knob with the other. You should be able to open the door without too much effort.
nstall carbon monoxide detectors near the bedroom. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely toxic. Every home should have at least one CO alarm to alert you for its presence, so that you can leave the house safely.Carbon monoxide alarms can be purchased at most hardware stores.Change the batteries in your CO alarm at the same time you change the ones in your smoke detector. Some smoke detectors come equipped to alert you to both smoke and CO.Take care when using space heaters. Make sure your space heaters are never placed close to a bed, window coverings, newspapers, or other household furnishings. Heaters should always be kept at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything potentially flammable.
Keep piggy banks out of your child’s room. Coins present choking hazards to children, who may not know not to put coins in their mouths. If you’ve got a ceramic piggy bank in your child’s room, realize that it could easily break open, resulting in spilled coins as well as broken ceramic shards.Plastic coins also present choking hazards. Watch out for coin-sized game tokens that older siblings might accidentally leave in a younger child’s room.Children can choke on smaller pieces of crayon, whether crushed underfoot or broken in two. To prevent children from accidentally getting crayons stuck in their throats, use only larger sized, chubby round crayons.
Make sure the crib is designed properly. Safe design on a crib means that the slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. A good rule of thumb to see if the slats are safe is whether or not you can fit a soda can in between them. If a soda can can fit between the slats, so can a child’s head.Look for the Safety Certification Seal of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This certification label should appear on your baby’s crib.Its mattress should fit snugly, with no more than 2 adult fingers of space between the edge of the mattress and the slats of the crib.Make sure the crib doesn’t have any decorative cutouts in the headboard or footboard that a baby could get caught in.
Make sure that you have an accessible, well-stocked first-aid kit in your home. Check it regularly, and replace any items that you may have used.Post emergency phone numbers (including poison control, primary care physician, etc.) in a central area of the home, easily accessible in case of emergency.Ensure the crib is placed safely. You’ll want to make sure that the area immediately around a child’s crib is free of anything that the child could accidentally grab ahold of, such as lamps, wall decorations (including stick-on decals that could fall off the wall and into the crib), cords, and furniture your baby might climb on.
You have started a great topic. This theme is so important for dads. First medical kit is a thing which can be ignored by some families, but in that case they just don’t realize how necessary it is to be prepared for any unpredictable situations. No doubts, our kid’s bedrooms should safe firstly, and then pretty and well-desighed.
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