- When there's no one to supervise the baby, remove the hanging toys from the crib as they may be decorative hazards.
- Remove all stuffed animals and unnecessary blankets from your baby's crib.
- Make sure that the crib is nowhere near the windows.
- If you're planning to use an old crib, make sure that you have checked its current state. Check for broken slats, loose hardware and include soft bedding.
- If you have older children, make sure that their toys are not in reach of the younger ones. If you need a toy box, choose the one with no lid, or with safety hinges and lightweight lid that allow it to be opened and closed gently.
- Always check the floor for small objects such as pins, buttons, coins and nails which could be swallowed by your baby.
- Tape down or Tie-up long electrical cords.
- Make sure that tools and hairdryers are unplugged and out of reach.
- Keep sharp objects away from high traffic areas.
- Have a safety gate installed at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Never leave mouse traps in places where your baby can find them.
- Cleaning supplies should be kept in a high cabinet rather than under the sink. If you have dangerous products under the sink, make sure your cabinet door has a child-proof lock.
- Oven doors should ALWAYS be locked.
- Even if you find those magnets cute on the refrigerator, you should not use them as they can fall down and your little one could swallow one.
- When cooking, always use back burners if possible. Make sure that you also turn the handles of pans and pots toward the back of the stove.
- Make sure that the faucet is covered with a spout guard to protect your baby from bumps.
- Place your bathroom cleaning supplies out of your children's reach. For safekeeping, lock it in a cupboard or on a high shelf. You may want to install a toilet lid locks on the toilet too.
- Prevent slips and falls with slip-resistant and nonskid mats.
- ALWAYS remember that babies can drown in very little water. So, never leave water standing in the sink, bath or even a bucket.
- ALWAYS keep the bathroom door closed and install a protective doorknob cover so your little one can't get in without you.
We, at MummySG, believe that baby-proofing your home is essential to keeping your babies safe. This may be a long list Mums, but itís all worth it.
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***This article is written by Mhagie Samson-Mariano for www.MummySG.com