Home Safety Tips for Baby Safety Month

It’s Baby Safety Month and I’ve teamed  up with Safety 1st, as a compensated Ambassador, to bring you some tips on safe guarding your home accompanied. I also get to give away a fab prize package to help make your home more safe for baby.

Home Safety Tips From Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert

Give Yourself a Head Start
You may not be thinking of safeguarding as a necessity while decorating the new nursery, but it’s a great idea to check it off before the baby arrives. Pushing it off could leave you scrambling to catch up once baby starts to crawl. Start with the obvious rooms first, like the nursery and family room and move through the house to each of the rooms you see yourself and your baby together. As a bonus, starting this during pregnancy allows you to add these essential items to your registry.

Get a Baby’s Eye View
Always remember to look at a room from your baby’s point of view. Getting down on your hands and knees will give you a better idea of what your baby sees and what sort of things will look attractive to curious eyes. Cords and smaller items that are hidden away from a standing adult are suddenly visible. Cord protectors and covers are easy to buy, but sometimes safeguarding simply means moving tempting objects to a high and out of reach place.

Look around each room for low furniture with sharp corners and edges. Many brands provide temporary protective bumpers and corner guards that can be removed later once your baby has stopped using furniture as an aid in early standing.

Check for large furniture pieces, such as entertainment centers and drawers. These should be firmly anchored to the wall and cabinet doors locked. What seems like simple furniture to an adult can easily become an attractive ladder to a young child.

Keep Secrets
One of the most common ways safety devices are defeated is through simple observation. A good lock or latch can help keep a cabinet off limits for those first years, but toddlers learn by watching adults act. Use your body to block the view when unlocking a lock or loosening a latch and never allow them to “play” with it. As we all know, our own children are always the cleverest! 

Stay Out!
The most effective way to keep children safe is to simply create off-limit areas and teach your child right off to avoid them. Laundry rooms, garages and balconies should be made available only to age appropriate children who have learned to avoid the hazards that each of these present. A safety lock or doorknob cover can be the first layer of protection for these interior rooms and be sure to install hard to reach locks for doors leading to the outside, basement and other high hazard rooms. Be sure to back these physical precautions up with age appropriate parental commands emphasizing that these areas are not child friendly and not meant for play.

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Safety 1st Home Safety Giveaway Bundle

The Home Safety Reader Giveaway

Leave a comment below, by midnight on September 30th, answering this question – What measures have you taken to ensure that your baby stays safe at home?

A winner will be chosen at random to receive the following items:

In addition to a reader giveaway, Safety 1st will be donating the same home safety bundle to a worthy military mom via Operation Shower. Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide joyful – AWESOME – baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.

Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Safety 1st and am being compensated for my time and efforts increating several posts, video reviews, and giveaways in the next few months. All opinions expressed are mine.

Comments

  1. D SCHMIDT says

    We actually got rid of a lot of non child friendly furniture and reorganized the home to make it child proof (in theory)

  2. V Sun says

    We use baby gates all over the house to keep the baby away from places that are not childproofed. We have outlet covers and locks on cabinets.

  3. Leanne says

    We keep all bad things – glass or poisonous – in one of two places in the house. Tightly locked or at least 6 feet off the ground. We have a curious and crazy 20-month old son. We watch him all the time but know crazy things happen at the blink of an eye.

  4. T.R. Alvarez says

    The first thing we did was reorganize our home to make it safer for our child by putting away certain items that were not kid friendly as well as move things in a way that gave her space to move around safely. We also completely switched over to eco friendly cleaning products and locked them up away from her reach and for a long time, that was enough. Now we really need to do some hard core baby proofing and this prize package would go a long way in helping make our home even safer for our baby girl.

  5. Jessica Wyatt says

    We have cushioned corners on our coffee table, and try and block off parts of the house (especially where there are cleaning products, etc). I try to keep an eye on him more than anything!

  6. says

    we just moved and left all our stuff in Indiana. It is just the kids and I and my youngest is a 4 month old so this would really help out. So far everything is fine but soon he’ll be crawling and I can only imagine then.

  7. Stacy D. says

    I got rid of every chemical in the house, I bought a steam system and I steam clean now instead of with chemicals! We had tons of cleaning supplies. I gave everything to my mother.

  8. andrea d says

    I have all cabinets child proofed ( although he has broken some) and all outlets covered. He is starting to unlock door so I need to get something for that

  9. Judy Bradley says

    I babysit the grandchildren and when they are small, I put pillows over my sunken living room step as I have cement flooring. I also covered my brick fireplace hearth likewise.

  10. brian m says

    We have some of the saftey first items already in my home but i could definitely use another gate. plug covers,gates but we could use door and more cabinet locks

  11. Jenn McClearn` says

    we have baby gates at almost all doorways and most importantly on the stairs, we have outlet plus everywhere and keep a close watch on our children through a video monitor while they are sleeping. I think operation shower is such a great cause, as we are a military faily and lucky to have my husband home

  12. Jennifer K. C. says

    I have a two year old and almost one year old and we have baby gates, and door knob covers. While my husband and I were dating we were driving along and saw a 3/4 year old running out in the snow in her PJs on a busy road, there was a neighborhood down the road. It is something that I will never forget

  13. Rebecca Parsons says

    We have all of our poisons up in a locked closet and we try to keep furniture in front of wall sockets to avoid fingers going into them.

  14. Stephanie Phelps says

    We put up a gate and put those little outlet thingys in and put a blanket around the fireplace surround!

  15. Charity L. says

    I try to follow baby safety guides to ensure our home is safe. We also keep medicine and house cleaners in special locked containers up high out of reach.

  16. katherine says

    We baby-proof everything! Corners, outlets, stairs, doors, etc

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (Dot) com

  17. casey flick says

    I am not a mother get but my brother and his wife are expecting their first child soon and this would be a great gift to get them started on baby proofing. Thanks :-)

  18. says

    Everything is new and exciting to your baby. During this time, your child will be curious and excited to learn about the world around him. These tips help to ensure that your house becomes a safe and welcoming environment for your child.

  19. darby says

    I think that making sure that the outlets are covered is the biggest thing for us-and blocking off the stairs!

  20. Carol W says

    we use a lot of gates. We also moved the dog food and water bowls, a lot of people forget that it is not good to keep them in an area where the child crawls until it is too late. Thanks
    carolwegs at gmail dot com

  21. Jill Myrick says

    So far we have installed outlet covers, a safety gate at the stairs and rubber edging on all sharp corners.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  22. Deb S says

    We have made all sorts of adjustments including taking out the coffee table, using a baby gate, putting locks on the cabinets and toilet locks.

  23. Brittney House says

    We had a baby proofer come in out home to give us some tips and we went out and bought some supplies.

  24. Laurie Emerson says

    All of our outlets are baby proofed with baby proof outlet covers. We check them each week to make sure that none of them have become loose.

  25. susan smoaks says

    we have done the best we can to baby proof our home to ensure that our baby stays safe, we put child locks on all cabinets and doors.

  26. Lisa P. says

    I haven’t done much yet because my grandson is so young, but I have begun thinking about how safe furniture will be when he begins pulling up and storing cleaning supplies out of his reach.

  27. Lesley F says

    The baby will be here in December so we have not started baby proofing the house yet, but I do have one baby gate, some locks & light switch covers.