When your baby starts to get up on his hands and knees, it is a very exciting and scary time for a parent. Part of you feels proud and excited and part of you might feel a little frightened at all the ways your baby can now get hurt.
There are many things you can do to protect your baby from getting hurt when they start to crawl. In this article, you are going to find many tips and ideas on how to find and prevent potential risks.
Finding Potential Risks
The first thing we recommend to do to find potential risks is get down on your hands and knees. By getting down on your hands and knees you will be able to view the environment from your baby’s level and spot hazards you might otherwise miss.
Most Common Hazards and How to Baby-Proof them
Bathtub – A baby can drown in even an inch of water. It is important to never leave a baby unattended in the bathtub. Slips and burns are the most common bathtub injuries. To prevent slips, encourage your baby to remain sitting in the bath. Cover the faucet with a specially made soft cover and install a nonskid bathmat. To prevent burns set your water heater to 120°F or lower and never allow your baby to play with the taps.
Drapery cords – Babies can easily become entangled in drapery or blind cords resorting in strangulation. Tie them up out of babies reach and ensure they are always up.
Electrical cords – Babies like to chew on everything. An electrical cord can look like an appealing toy. If a baby pulls on the wires they run the risk of pulling a lamp or other heavy object down onto themselves.
Electrical outlets – Babies are naturally curious. An electrical outlet can shock a baby if they decide to stick an object or their fingers into it.
Furniture – As babies learn to crawl they also start to pull themselves up on objects. Secure any unstable furniture to the wall to prevent the furniture from toppling over onto baby. Also, make sure that any tables with sharp corners and edges are covered so baby doesn’t get hurt when then inevitably fall.
Garbage bins – If your garbage bin is located somewhere that baby can get into, they run the risk of getting into objects that can hurt them or make them sick. Place your garbage can in a closet or cupboard that is secured so baby cannot access it.
Houseplants – Many houseplants are poisonous. Do your research and make sure the ones in your home aren’t. It is also a good idea to keep plants up where baby can’t reach to prevent them from pulling a heavy plant down on themselves.
Cleaning supplies – Make sure that all cleaning supplies are kept up out of reach, or in a locked cabinet. Even a small amount of household cleaner can be fatal to a child.
Knickknacks – Small knickknacks pose a choking hazard to children while heavy ones can be pulled on and fall onto a baby. Ensure all small knickknacks are up on a high bookshelf or mantel.
Stairs – Perhaps one of the biggest risks to the baby are stairs. It only takes a second for a baby to tumble down the stairs and sustain serious injuries. Avoid this by placing gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Tablecloths – Babies are very curious about anything that hangs down into their reach. When a baby sees a tablecloth hanging down they are going to grab and pull it. This can lead to the dishes on the table falling onto the baby, causing bumps, bruises and even burns if there is hot food on the table.
There are many ways that a baby can be hurt by the things around them. By putting a little bit of time and energy you can create a space that is safe for your baby to explore and play in.