Pictures and art above baby’s reaching level
Whether it be a toy that runs into the wall or your baby, art work or frames that are not secured properly can become a HUGE hazard. Securing with command strips that are designed to hold the weight of the frame are a easy way to make your art work baby proof!
Plastic bags in pantry/ drawers
I am guilty of forgetting this one! It’s can be really dangerous because there is something about these grocery bags that babies find so interesting! They make dispensers (only $9) that you can secure to a pantry door or wall for easy organization of the bags that are out of babies reach. There is also this cool DIY hack from a used 2 liter bottle!
Water spout in bathtub
Once baby starts standing and playing in the tub, the spout can be one of the most dangerous possibilities of injury for baby! They make a ton of fun pour spout covers that easily slip over the spout. I prefer this one because it leaves the level to turn on the shower available for non-baby shower takers 🙂
toilet seat lock
Just like the trash bags, toilet are oh so interesting to baby. There is risk of germs, fingers being pinched by lids or even drowning. There are alot of products that are designed just for the purpose of securing the toilet seat, but have fallen short when it comes to getting the job done. Plus they can be difficult to clean! What has proven to work best for our toilets is the Munchkin Multi Use Latches. They are just $9 for two latches!
Just like the toilet, this commonly used appliance is a common spot for our babies curious little minds to explore. Knives and other sharp utensils can pose a BIG safety hazard for children. The Munchkin Latches work great for this spot too!
mount all furniture to the wall
I saw the scariest video this morning of two twin brothers playing in a dresser and it tipped over trapping one of the little boys underneath. Luckily the other brother was able to lift the dresser off of him! This scary situation can be avoided by mounting ANY furniture to the wall. Visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot store and ask for help finding the appropriate hardware to mount!
If your home is equipped with door stops like the ones below, the small white rubber piece at the end could be a choking hazard for baby! Secure the rubber tip with strong glue or replace with a door stopper that does not have parts that easily remove.
Your Hot water Heater
Once baby is able to stand and reach the knobs in the tub, there is a risk of them burning themselves. Turn your hot water heater down to at least 120 degrees or less.
Colorful and small- the recipe for a baby hazard! Be sure to move them up above baby’s reach.
The toilet paper roll rule
Each home and it’s contents are unique and it’s impossible to list out EVERY hazard in your home. The best rule of thumb to follow is the toilet paper roll rule- anything that can fit inside is a choking hazard for baby and should be moved to higher ground out of their reach.
Radiators and Heating vents
These can easily heat up and burn baby when crawling over them. Purchase a special cover to avoid the possibility of injury.
Little fingers getting pinched in a door can be a big risk that many oversee, including me! Safety 1st makes a reliable pinch guard product that works well for a small price.
I can remember being little and thinking that my mothers purse was the most fascinating thing. There were so many treasures to be discovered in there! Unfortunately, many of those treasures may be small and pose as a choking hazard for baby. Make a designated spot high out of baby’s reach to start storing your bag.
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