So you've picked up a crib, a stroller and an industrial-sized package of diapers: your house must be ready for your baby on the way, right? As strange as it might sound, especially given how teensy-tiny your little one will be when it arrives, there's still a lot of work to be done before your home is prepared (and safe) for a baby.
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To ensure your baby stays safe while exploring your home, you need to stay one step ahead. Don't hesitate to get down on all fours and explore every room to see what he or she will see. Here's what to watch for, room by room.
1. Make sure changing table has safety straps.
2. Bolt furniture to the walls. Don't underestimate the fun of using dresser drawers as stairs.
3. Keep soft bedding, pillows and stuffed animals out of the sleeping space.
4. Remove any hanging crib toys when baby first begins to push up.
5. Space between the mattress and the crib sides should be less than the width of two fingers.
6. Make sure slats on crib are not wide enough for a head -- no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. If you can push a soda can vertically through the slats, they are too wide.
7. Avoid toy boxes with hinged lids that snap shut. Look for one with a sliding top or ventilated removable top.
1. Slip a rubber cover over the tub spout to avoid head bumps.
2. Place nonslip mats in and around the tub. Picture a wet baby making a run for it.
3. Install a toilet lock to avoid smashed fingers, unsanitary exposure and accidental drowning.
4. Lock up medications and toiletries. In case of accidental swallowing, call Poison Control at 800-222-1222.
1. Lock up spray bottles and detergents. Colorful liquids look like something tasty to drink.
2. Remove laundry scoops, which look like toys and likely have toxic residue.
3. Position the washer as far back against the wall as possible, according to your manual. Limit space between washer and dryer.
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1. Pad sharp corners of furniture.
2. Hide anything with batteries -- remotes, musical greeting cards, key fobs -- or keep them up high and out of baby's reach.
3. Anchor flat-screen TVs and bolt bookshelves and stereo cabinets to the wall to prevent injuries to tiny explorers.
4. Pad the fireplace hearth to cushion any falls. Secure fireplace screen and add a heat-resistant guard or glass door. Move keys for gas fireplaces. And make sure you remove all those pointy fireplace tools.
5. Cover all outlets with plastic plugs, unplug all chargers. Babies love to yank.
1. Clear the under-sink area of hazardous cleaners and pesticides or lock doors securely.
2. Install cabinet latches on all doors.
3. Lock stove knobs, refrigerator and dishwasher.
4. Install cover on garbage disposal.
5. Remove refrigerator magnets, as they can be swallowed.
6. Turn pot handles to back of stove and use back burners only.
7. Don't put detergent in the dishwasher until it's time to do dishes and wipe out any residue. Colorful pods and sweet smells can be tempting.
8. Point all sharp objects down in dishwasher.
1. Don't use tablecloths or place mats. Babies will tug at them and pull off everything on top.
2. Keep sharp utensils locked up.
1. Unplug shredder. Lock up staplers, letter openers, scissors, pens and small items such as paper clips.
2. Place heavy books on bottom shelves.
3. Organize and protect cords and secure them to the baseboards.
4. Keep all toxic plants, like philodendrons and daffodils, out of reach or outside. Avoid rocks and other potential choking hazards in potting soil. Also watch for hanging vines little fingers could pull.
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