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Parents on Watch: 4 Unique Ways to Baby-proof Your Home

It is only natural for parents to worry about their children. Parents all around the world worry about their kids’ safety, which is why the childproofing industry is one of the most important industries for families to be consumers of. The following are four unique ways parents can baby-proof their homes.

Babies Eat Everything

Parents find out, sooner or later, that babies love to put everything in their mouths. It is perhaps one of the first ways human beings interact with their surroundings. This also means parents need to keep things a little cleaner than usual but also use safe products. A good way to baby-proof a home is to use natural cleaners such as baking soda, essential oil-based soaps, vegetable-based soaps, or even tallow soap with no additives.

Nature Check

It is nice to have plants at home for many reasons such as aesthetics or even to purify the air, but it would be a good idea for parents to remove these plants from the floor. Many common plants could have dangerous properties, such as iris and poinsettia. A baby may try to touch these plants, which could cause an emergency situation—especially if he or she ends up trying to eat the plant.

Stairway to Safety

People normally don’t see stairs as something to fear, but that fear tends to build up the moment children come into a household. Every walk upstairs or downstairs becomes an anxiety trigger for parents. Do not fret because babyproofing stairs is not too difficult. Parents can install gates at the bottom and top of the stairs. Parents should also make sure that the stairs have railings that children cannot go through, such as those available at Tarosa Stairs.

Overlooked Water

Standing water is an enemy that some households overlook. It is easy to forget a bucket of water sitting around. Parents should make sure that all standing water is removed because babies can drown in a small amount of water that might seem harmless to a grown up. Water should not be left in sinks or bathtubs either, and parents should consider installing baby locks on the toilet lid. If you have a baby crawling around as well as pets, it might be best to put water bowls and food in an area where the child can’t access.

Of course, these are just a few ideas that may help make a home a little safer for a baby, but there are many other things to consider like making sure all electrical plugs are sealed. It might even be a good idea to hire a child-proof consultant to see if any danger has been overlooked in the home.

Tim Esterdahl

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