Things Parents Overlook in Baby-Proofing
Most parents choose to baby-proof their homes when their child starts crawling. Once a baby learns to crawl, they become much more difficult to watch. I remember when Owen started crawling, my friend with a 2 year old said, “Have fun, he’s not a potted plant anymore!”
It can seem they get into everything, and move surprisingly fast. Babies are curious by nature and want to investigate everything they see. This leads to them getting into potentially dangerous situations. The most common method of preventing these dangers is to baby-proof. Learn about the main things people overlook in baby-proofing so you can avoid these mistakes.
Furniture that is lighter weight can potentially be moved by your baby as they transition from the crawling stage to the cruising stage. Bolt any lightweight furniture to the ground, or simply invest in heavier pieces. A danger of moving furniture is that it can fall over onto your child or even just move your child’s support, causing them to fall. Don’t assume it’s sturdy enough. With drawers full open, push as hard as you can to see if there is any movement.
Undersides of furniture
Babies love to crawl and explore on top, next to, and underneath everything—including furniture. It’s easy for parents to forget how sharp the underneath of tables can be, since adults don’t spend time underneath the furniture. At least, I don’t!
Babies lack spatial awareness, and will often crawl under something and simply stand up underneath it, bumping their heads. Adding a layer of soft material or bumpers under tables is an easy way to keep your child from injuring themselves. At the very basic level, check for yourself that there are no nails or anything sharp protruding through the underside.
Most parents who baby-proof, think about windows and making sure their baby can’t open them, but overlook the window treatments. It’s easy to overlook small elements like window treatments, but there are a lot of considerations for safety when it comes to curtains and blinds. Investing in child-proof or safety treatments for your windows can help keep your baby from injury or choking.
Pet food and water bowls
Adults know better than to take a handful of dog food and shove it in their mouths, but a baby does not. To a baby, it looks like a delicious treat. Small bits of pet food can pose a choking risk to babies. The pebbles are typically hard and tricky for a tiny, possibly toothless human to chew properly.
Consider stowing food away when it’s not your pet’s feeding time and not allowing your baby to roam freely when the pet food is out. Elevating the food and water dishes are also an option, but beware of when your baby learns to climb—you may need to find a new solution again.
For me, baby-proofing has been an evolving practice. It’s overwhelming to think of what all they can get into as they grow, so focus on the stage you are in. Once they reach a new level, adjust those items. Remember, as soon as they reach a new phase, they phase out of another. They may be obsessed with the dog’s food right now, but will lose interest in a few weeks or months and you won’t need to worry about that aspect anymore.
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