Nothing is more important than the safety of your child. And that means making sure that the home environment is child-friendly and safe. Some great sites for child safety include familydoctor.org and safekids.org. Making your home safe for your child means taking care of the other healthy home topics on our site, but also a few things that are specific to children at home.
Here are some tips we’ve come up with for child safety at home:
- Make sure you baby can’t access any bathtubs, showers, etc; babies can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
- Keep alcohol out of reach!
- Don’t allow your child to have access to trash bins lined with plastic bags.
- Use baby gates to limit your baby’s range of accessibility.
- Keep babies away from electrical sockets; cover outlets with plastic inserts.
- Don’t let babies sleep on surfaces (cushions, couches, etc.) not designed for infant sleep.
- Childproof windows; screen aren’t adequate.
- Never leave a child alone in the bath.
- Keep plants out of reach; some are poisonous.
- Make sure to childproof drawers and cabinets.