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Children need constant supervision. Whether you have an infant in the house now, or are awaiting the arrival your baby in the near future, you need to start child proofing your home. The preparations you make during pregnancy will go a long way in protecting your baby from the dangers of everyday life.

We know that when your baby is just a little one there is not much to worry about because they won’t be able to crawl around the house, but time moves so quickly; before you know it they will be mobile. Your baby will likely start rolling around four months, and crawling shortly after, and guess what, you forgot to child proof.

Take our advice and go ahead and get it done ahead of time, and if you need help don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll bring our checklist and make sure that your home meets all safety measures for keeping your child safe. Remember: Children need constant supervision, because your entire home is a brand new land full of wonder for a young child. They don’t understand the dangerous situations they often place themselves in.

General Child Safety Throughout the House

  • Move all furniture away from windows to keep baby from trying to climb up onto window sills. More than 5,000 children are injured each year due to falls from windows.
  • Make sure all stairs and steps are blocked by safety gates at both the top and the bottom.
  • Attach padded bumpers on any sharp edges of furniture.
  • Attach child proof doorknob covers to keep tiny hands being able to open doors to places they aren’t supposed to visit.
  • Window blinds with string cords should be tied in a knot high enough so that baby can’t reach. More than 550 children have been strangled, some fatally, by the string cords in mini blinds in the last thirty years.
  • Make sure bookshelves and heavy furniture are secured to the wall.
  • Place plastic outlet inserts in all wall outlets; this keeps baby from sticking their tiny fingers into the outlet.

Child Safety in the Kitchen

  • Make sure safety latches are on all cabinets and drawers so baby can’t get inside them.
  • Use the back burners first when cooking, and if you have to use the front make sure to turn handles away from the edge to prevent accidental burns. Children are curious by nature, and often want to see what’s inside the pot on the stove.
  • Make sure all appliances on countertops are pushed far back away from the edge.
  • Keep the number for poison control and any other emergency numbers on the fridge or in a handy place at all times.

Child Safety in the Bathroom

  • Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers in the bathroom. Cleaners and other household items should be out of reach of little ones.
  • Place toilet locks on the toilet lid to keep the lid locked in the down position to keep child from climbing in the toilet. Toddlers lack the ability to right themselves once they take an accidental tumble into the toilet.
  • Place anti-scalding devices on all water faucets, and turn the water heater’s thermostat down to 120 degrees.
  • Keep hair rollers, straighteners, or other heat-producing hair devices unplugged unless using them.

We wish you the best in the coming months while anticipating the arrival and growth of your child. The professionals at Checklist Home Services in Brooklyn have families as well, and are standing by to help with all of your childproofing and home improvement needs. Please call us if we can help you prepare your home for the arrival of your little one.