Making Your Home First-Steps Friendly

Making Your Home First-Steps Friendly

Parents are often excited to see their small bundle of joy finally walk on his own. One step at a time, as the saying go. How we wish it’s that easy. Learning how to walk comes with lots of falls, bumps, and slips. As much as you want your baby to just walk learn to walk without the hurt, you must also realize that falling and getting up is all part of the game. To prevent serious accidents, though, you can double your efforts to ensure that your baby is safe as he takes his first steps.
In your baby’s room and play area. Install rubber mats or padded cushions on the play area’s floor and walls. It is most likely that your baby will spend half of his walking hours in his play area. Rubber mats cushion the fall and minimize bumps and bruises. You can also opt to install wall-to-wall carpets on the floors as long as your baby is not allergic to dust mites and the like. They are not as thick as rubber mats but, at least, they look better and can be a permanent fixture in the room.
All furniture, except for the recliner or rocking chair, should be fastened to the wall to prevent from possibly toppling over. You can use nylon straps hooked to the wall or L-shaped metal connectors.
Stairs, doors and windows. Place a baby gate especially at the top and bottom of the stairs. This will prevent your baby from going up and down the stairs without your supervision. Always close the doors of the rooms in the house including the bathrooms. Windows should also have window guards.
Electric appliances and heated objects. Cover all electrical outlets that your baby can reach. Secure and fasten wires of electrical appliance and, as much as possible, keep it away from baby’s sight. Wrap radiators or heaters under special covers. There should also be a grill installed in the fireplace so your baby will not be able to touch the fire. Pot handles should turned towards the middle of the stove so your baby will not try to grab it. Hot mugs, bowls, and the like should also be placed in the middle of the table.
In the bathroom. Stick bath mats on the bathroom tub to prevent slips and falls. Containers of shampoo, soap, and other bathing essentials should be placed high up in a shelf that your baby can’t reach. It is important to never leave the baby or a toddler or a young child in the bathroom on his own. That’s when accidents usually happen because these age, they tend to explore or overdo things.
Miscellaneous items. Stick on silicone corner protectors on furniture with sharp corners such as coffee tables with glass tops. Place cushioned pads underneath tables to protect your baby’s head just in case he finds himself under it. Keep all toxic household items inside the closet and out of baby’s reach. It would be better if the closet doors are locked. Clear the floor of things that will make your baby slip such as rugs and other clutter. Mop away spills as fast as you can and keep the floor dry at all times.