Baby Proof your Home

Whether you are expecting your very first child, or an addition to your existing family, it is always a good idea to periodically double check your home is baby proof.

Keep floors  and surfaces clean:

Vacuuming, mopping and wiping surfaces on a regular basis becomes more important if one or several members of the family do not just walk, but will also discover the world, sitting on carpets and crawling through the whole house. Hands and toes touching the floor often times go straight to the mouth. In order to keep the household dust and dirt at a “healthy minimum”, some families institute a strict “shoes off” policy at the entrance or foyer. This facilitates immensely reducing street dust in the rest of the home.

Secure lose items:

Likewise, the “touch & grab” approach might dislocate knick-knacks, flower pots, flower vases, tablecloths etc, and cause unwanted objects to fall on your child. Even if they are not breakable, they might be heavy, or, at the very least, scare the little one. You will know your child; to some children certain objects will pose no lure, for others, a little less staged beauty around the house will be easier to manage than constant monitoring, in order  to avoid accidents.

Keep cabinets locked up:

If your child is prone to opening cabinet doors (and most children are, out of sheer curiosity), make sure your doors latch securely, or install child locks. To be doubly safe, for a season you may want to store household hazardous chemicals in upper cabinets, rather than under the kitchen or bathroom sink. But even non-toxic cabinet contents are something you may not want spilled or broken – imagine your child re-stacking Aunt Sophie’s precious china, or piles of towels cascading over their heads.

Last but not least:

Remove small items:

Babies and toddlers like to explore not just with their hands, but their mouths as well. They touch, grab, and – as a first step – whatever they reach, will go to their mouth.  Marbles, legos, potpourri, paperclips, nuts – any number of small household items can pose a choking hazard. Make sure you view the world from their perspective, and remove, or move high out of their reach, any potential danger. Instead, surround them with easy-to-grab age appropriate toys, to divert their attention and keep them entertained.

Happy playtime!


Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
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