Tips and tricks for baby-proofing your house

Home Improvement Guide - July 13, 2020

The baby may not even be crawling yet, but the little one could still encounter some hazards. Learn how to baby proof room by room with an ultimate baby proofing checklist by our residential movers Fort Worth TX. That way when it’s time to bring your newborn home, you want to be sure the house is safely set up to receive your bundle of joy. As moving experts, we believe the best time for baby-proofing your house is long before they actually arrive. The ideal time to get started is at least three months before your due date. Just because some of these recommendations may take time to prepare.

Baby smiling
Once your baby starts to crawl, you’ll need to do a second baby proofing round to make sure the house is safe for an active baby.

Let’s get started!

It’ll be several months before the baby starts moving around on her own, but there are still tasks you’ll need to after local movers Fort Worth relocate to your new home. There is so much to tackle when securing your house for a baby. And you’ll not just be checking for things that could pose a direct risk to your little one. You are looking for anything that could harm you while you have a baby in your arms, like slippery floors and wobbly furniture. Make sure you address these hazards too. Use this checklist by our experts to secure your home and prepare for emergencies.

Baby-proofing your house like a pro

  • Firstly, install a UL Listed carbon monoxide detector on every story of your house if you use gas or oil appliances or have an attached garage. Check the batteries of any detectors you already have.
  • Secondly, install smoke detectors on every level of your home and in the hallways outside of bedrooms.
  • Thirdly, purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
  • Next, stock your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit.
  • Add emergency contacts and medical information to your phone so that everyone can access them even in lock mode.
  • Additionally, make sure you have at least one phone in your home that’s connected by landline. Cordless phones don’t work when the power is out, and cellphone batteries can run out. Also, place a list of emergency numbers near the landline.
  • Make sure your home or apartment number is visible so fire or rescue can locate you quickly in an emergency.
  • Install a temperature guard on your water heater at a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius).
  • Professionally seal or remove any flaking or peeling paint, especially if your home was built before 1978. Dust from lead paint, which was banned from residential use in that year, can be harmful if ingested.
  • When baby-proofing your house, put non-slip pads under all rugs.
  • Is it time to replace all your furniture? Not if you cover all the edges and corners with bumpers or thick padding.
  • Block all open outlets with safety plugs.
  • Shut any drawers, doors, or cupboards within the baby’s reach and use latches to keep them as safe as possible.
Happy baby because you're baby-proofing your house
First-time parents may ask — do I really have to baby-proof my home? We asked the experts and the answer is a resounding YES

Baby-proofing your nursery

  • Make sure to get rid of any blinds or curtains with looped cords, or install safety tassels and cord stops to tuck away the cords.
  • Store electric appliances that aren’t in use such as iron, curling iron, etc.
  • As you proceed with baby-proofing your home, check the yard for poisonous plants and move them out of baby’s reach
  • Always keep your and visitors’ purses out of baby’s reach.
  • If you plan to hook a high chair to your kitchen table, verify that the table is sturdy and strong.
  • Strategically put baby wipes and supplies where you can reach them from the changing table but baby can’t.
  • Put a thick rug or carpet below the changing table in the nursery.
  • Be sure that the crib is not near any windows, heaters, lamps, wall decoration, and cords.
  • Finish all renovations such as painting and wallpapering projects at least eight weeks before the baby arrives to avoid exposing the baby to any potentially harmful fumes.
  • Check that none of the crib slats are more than two and 3/8 inches apart. All the bolts and screws need to be tight. Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and crib because that is a serious choking hazard.
  • If you are keeping bumpers, comforters, pillows, blankets, and toys out of the crib you are baby-proofing your home like a pro.

Bonus round: baby-proofing your car

Proper baby proofing doesn’t just stop at your front door. if you commit to ensuring that your car is clear of any hazards you will also be sleeping like a baby. Since your vehicle is the first place baby will encounter on his way home from the hospital, it’s important to brush up on car seat safety basics. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you’re baby-proofing the car.

  • Install an approved rear-facing car seat in the back seat. Put it in the middle, if possible.
  • Get it inspected by a local certified child passenger safety technician.
  • If the sun is strong in your area, apply stick-on sun shades to the back windows to block the rays. Avoid the ones that hang or connect with suction cups, because they can fall or pop-off.
  • Clear the car of any small objects because they can quickly become choking hazards, such as coins and pens.
Baby laying on a fuzzy blanket
Baby-proofing your house will be more about following your intuition and less about the latest newfangled safety product.

Final thoughts on baby-proofing your house

For expectant parents, it can be overwhelming to look around the home to try to find all these hazards. But that is why experts are here to tell you what changes you should make to keep your baby safe. Add the online search for the best techniques for baby-proofing your house (as well as the best products) and parents can quickly get lost in the endless lists of “must-have” items. Not to mention that moving in a time like this can leave you utterly confused, to say the least. Still, with a professional moving company, and a guide like this one, you will have nothing to worry about. Just take a deep breath, and go one step at a time.

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