Having a new baby is an exciting time, but it’s also overwhelming. There’s so much to think about that goes beyond baby names and nursery themes. All new parents are nervous to bring home their new addition. Safety comes first, especially when it comes to babies. Follow these seven steps to make sure baby’s homecoming is as cozy, and as safe as possible.
1. Do A Quick Safety Check
Before bringing baby home, perform a safety exam. Cover your outlets, and lock away your cleaning products and toxic chemicals. Where you can, swap out cleaners for green, cleaning products, which tend to be healthier for a baby, and for your home. Keeping sensitive chemicals under lock and key, in a designated cabinet, make it safer for the baby, and for your home. You should also take the time to do any repairs you need, including fixing pipes, nailing down carpets, and any loose rails or railings. If your home is older, you may want to check for asbestos and lead paint traces before you make any serious repairs. That will help keep your family safe from toxins.
2. Get An Air Purifier
Air purifiers are the most effective way to deal with dust, dander and allergens in your home. A HEPA air filter will help keep your baby’s room free from pollen, dust, and pet dander that could irritate sensitive skin, and even cause breathing difficulties. It’s the best way to ensure your baby is breathing pure air.
3. Stay Organized
Having designated spaces for the baby’s things, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, lets you stay organized and keep track of anything that might need an extra bit of attention. Though experts no longer encourage boiling everything, they do suggest regular warm soapy water to clean bottles, baby toothbrushes, and pacifiers. Baby-safe workspaces that are regularly disinfected help you stay organized in a hurry.
4. Install Window Guards
Estimates say that 4000 children a year are injured from falling out of windows. Invest in window-guards and child-safe window locks for your baby. They’re up and crawling before you know it.
5. Avoid Stairs – Especially With Baby
Another common cause of injury is falling down the stairs. Baby gates can help you minimize the risk of a curious baby taking an unexpected tumble – but many injuries were reported with parents carrying their infants up and down stairs. Mitigate the danger and the risk for both of you, by keeping a spare basket for odds and ends at the top of the stairs. That way, you can return your baby to the nursery or crib, and then quickly duck out and grab the basket of laundry, toys, or other household debris.
6. Update Smoke Alarms and Emergency Procedures
Before bringing baby home from the hospital, update the batteries in your smoke alarm, and any personal security. Make sure there’s a plan in place in case of emergency, either medical, or in case of fire. Toddlers and babies are at higher risk in the case of a fire, thanks to their inability to escape, and higher risk of smoke inhalation. So be sure your fire extinguishers are updated too.
7. Try Natural Remedies For Bug Repellent
Infestations can happen to anyone, but they’re the last thing you want when you’re bringing home a new baby. To avoid harsh chemicals at home, use natural insecticides. Leave the skins of citrus fruit to soak in warm water for a day or two. Strain, and add the water to a spray bottle. This is a powerful natural insecticide. Rubbing petroleum jelly on baby’s furniture can prevent ants and spiders from crawling into cribs and change tables – and cinnamon creates a strong aroma that can ward away most insects.
8. Always Test Your Water Temperature
Scalding water can cause burns on the skin in seconds, and baby skin is extraordinarily sensitive. Keep a thermometer available to test baby’s formula, if you’re using it, as well as checking bathwater. Your hot water heater should never be set above 120 degrees F, to keep baby’s skin safe. The skin of your hands has a higher tolerance, so test bathwater on your wrists or arms instead.Baby-proofing the house is a little overwhelming at times. And it’s natural, as new parents, to feel like you’re out of your depth. However, as it turns out, with a little common sense, and a few handy hacks, you can cut down on bacteria, limit exposure to dangerous falls, and keep your little one safe, right from the start!