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Knowing that your not so mobile baby is now showing signs of crawling is super exciting! It means that your baby can explore their surroundings. But this also means that they’re not discovering what their eyes and hands can do, they also want to see what they can fit in their mouth and nose!
So, be Mindful where you leave your crawling baby.
Your baby is now more mobile and can reach things that may be harmful or dangerous.
THE BATHROOM AND THE CRAWLING BABY
It’s like a horror movie title right – just those two words next to each other, makes me panic. Seriously!
- Use Just enough water to cover baby’s legs
- Never leave your baby unattended
- If using the adult bathtub for bathing your baby, use a non-slip bath mat
- Make sure you place a toilet seat lock
- Never carry hot food or drink while carrying your baby. A crawling baby is a super active baby!
- Do not leave hot food or drink near the edge of a table or stool. Or one low enough for the baby to reach (not even for a second).
- When cooking, use the back plates on the stove and avoid the front plates as much as possible.
- Turn the panhandles around so they face the wall and away from the front. If you need to use all the plates, then use a toddler oven guard.
- If you have a free-standing cooker or one that has the knobs on the front, be sure to get some knob protectors – especially f your cooker safety switch is not easily accessible.
- Speaking of cookers, the other areas you need to keep locked are the oven and grill. These lockers do a good job of keeping little fingers out of the oven!
- Place a safety, lockable door gate in the Kitchen doorway. This is fantastic because you can ensure that the baby is kept out of the kitchen and you don’t have to worry about any accidents occurring!
- Cover any radiators, heaters or fireplaces with heater guards
- Keep any gas keys, matches, lighters and candles locked away in a safe out of reach place.
- Place the cot/crib mattress in the lowest position and keep the drop side up
- Never leave your baby unattended – not even for a second
- Fit stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. You might want to check if you’ll need wall protectors with for your stair gate.
- Change Diapers on the floor rather than on the changing unit. You might want to consider moving from diapers to pull up pants once your baby is crawling – they make diaper changing SO much easier!
- Use window guards if you have low windows – Do not place any ‘climbable’ furniture like a table or chair underneath a window!
- Keep sharps, knives and breakables locked away in the drawers and cabinets.
- Never leave heavy items resting on top of ANY surface (i.e heavy ornament on your coffee table).
- Use childproof bins with lids (including the bathroom bins) and distract your baby from playing around in that area.
- Secure and babyproof appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwasher cupboards and stoves with appliance lockers. Modern appliances now come with child lock on them. And if your appliance is behind a cabinet, then these multi-purpose child protectors will do.
- Attach corner and edge guards to all furniture and worktops and fireplaces.
- Secure furniture that can topple over like Televisions, bookshelves or storage cabinets. Push them against the wall for extra security.
- Clear away obstructing furniture on the floor such as lamps, decorative ornaments and plants. These can be hidden away behind larger furniture like sofas.
- Avoid little fingers getting trapped in the doorway. These little finger guards are amazing! This is more so important when you have other kids at home! If you have sliding doors (including bedroom wardrobes) these work a really well and give you peace of mind.
- Check baby’s toys for any broken bits that can cause injury.
PREVENT TOXIC POISONING
- Keep any cleaning agents, medicines vitamins and toiletries locked away and out of reach
- Never put chemicals into unmarked containers or empty food containers.
- Install a toilet lock – serious, you’ll want to to do this!
Crawling babies are closer to the floor than we are. Their vision is sharper than ours so they are able to spot things on the floor much faster than us. Even the tiny little beads, seeds and rice grains. You will be surprised at how quickly they charge for tiny items and put them straight into their mouth.
With that said, you can avoid any chocking;
- Vacuuming the floor frequently. I recommend daily – especially if you have animals. And the best way to do this is vacuum the house (or even the baby’s main play area) in the evening after the baby has finished playing – ready for the next day.
- Always check the room for any tiny objects, loose pieces that have come away from toys before you put the baby down.
- Always check the baby’s (or even kids) toys are in good condition, nothing is loose or hanging out.
- Make sure the toys are age appropriate. They do not contain buttons, beads, ribbons, strings, sharp antenna looking bits that can easily break away and cause injury.
- Remove any hanging thing from baby’s cot – things like mobile, hanging toys with strings, ribbons e.t.c
ELECTRICAL CORDS AND SOCKETS SAFETY
- Cover and hide any electrical cords behind furniture
- Unplug unused appliances i.e. hair dryer, straighteners, fans and keep them out of reach.
- Push back any appliances like toasters, kettles, microwaves and coffeemakers that are resting on the kitchen worktop. Unplug the appliances when not in use.
- Cover ALL socket outlets. They work great for the unused sockets and these ones are great for when sockets are in use.
- Make sure your TV and satellite boxes are kept in a safe out of reach position. (This will be for your own sanity too. Once my daughter figured how to turn them off the tv from the cable box, I couldn’t watch anything)
- Make sure your TV stand and sturdy, and pushed back as close to the wall as possible.
HYGIENE AND CLEANING
- Implement a ‘no shoes’ in the home practice. You can even get this sign for visitors!
- If you have any pets, especially fur pets, make sure you either, vacuum the floor at least twice a day or implement a ‘no pet zone’ in the baby’s areas. Like I said before, Crawling babies are a lot closer to the ground than we are and they pick up the tiniest little things that go straight into their mouths.
- wipe down and clean baby’s toys (and other kids’ toys) regularly. Make sure you get into all the nooks and croons. Use SAFE and natural cleaning products. Hot water and a clean cloth alone is SUFFICIENT.
- Use a Childproof Lockable Waste Bin!
SAFETY – MOST IMPORTANTLY
- NEVER leave your child unattended even for a second.
- Get a playpen for the times when you want to keep your child pre-occupied and away while you do something like have a hot drink or eat. I DO NOT recommend you leave your baby in playpens for prolonged periods of time.
- TAKE A FIRST AID COURSE – This should be a general and I think that every adult should take a first aid course! I don’t even need to expand on the benefits of taking a first aid course as a mommy.
So there you have.
Don’t forget, you have a MOVING human being in the home. Accidents are bound to happen, you cant prevent EVERYTHING, but you can prevent life-threatening harm coming to your baby at home.
I hope you found this article helpful and insightful.
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