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Seven tips to keep your baby safer at home

by Vidya Sury June 16, 2017 29 comments
Seven tips to keep your baby safer at home

Ah babies. How they rule our lives—regardless of whether they’re our own or our neighbor’s! We simply cannot resist them; they’re like magnets.

Decades ago, I remember, when my Mom and I moved to another city on a job transfer, we were just settling into our new home when we heard delightful gurgles. We peeked through our window to find the source and sure enough, there it was. The neighbors across the street had their car parked outside and while “Daddy” was getting ready, “Mummy” was holding this absolutely gorgeous baby, who couldn’t seem to stop laughing.

We did resist the temptation of running out and saying hello right away, but our restraint lasted exactly one day. We said hello the next day, and the rest, as they say, is history. Souls met. And continue to be bonded. That child is now 28 years old and a very successful sportsman.

But that’s not the point of this post. What fascinated us was the numerous things his Mom had done around the house to ensure that her hyperactive baby was safe!

Have you noticed this: the moment your child is born, you realize how unimportant so many other things in life really are? Your primary objective becomes protecting your baby from the many dangers she is likely to face in a world she’s so curious about.

But the biggest hazards could be right in your own home. Almost daily, the newspaper carries scary accounts of accidents in relation to toddlers and babies—most of which could have easily been avoided.

In fact, accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury for children under the age of four years old. The vast majority of accidents happen at home where kids spend most of their time. Worst still is that—as I mentioned earlier—many of these accidents could be avoided.

While you can’t prevent every accident, extra precautions can certainly be taken to protect your kids at home.

I still shudder to think of how he enjoyed placing a stool in the balcony, climbing it so he could peek over the edge. And if I get started on all his shenanigans, I could write a book. In fact, I think I will.

Today, as my niece preps her home to keep her active toddler safe, and adds something almost on a daily basis, I’d like to share seven things I did when my son was a toddler. It isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a great start!

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Seven important tips to keep your baby safer at home

Keep Pests Off Your Home

Despite there being so many childproofing and safety products on the market, one of the biggest threats is often overlooked. Insects pose a number of risks for babies and small children. Allergies are a huge concern, but bees aren’t the only insect that causes allergies. Other stinging insects and cockroaches are also known to cause allergic reactions.

The experts at Moxie Pest Control also remind new parents that some insects don’t cause an allergic reaction, but they can cause painful bites and rashes. Bed bugs and dust mites are two insects that fall into this category. Mosquitoes are even more dangerous since they spread a variety of diseases. So this is the first thing to take care of—both for your little one’s safety and for the safety of the entire family. Because who wants to share space with insects and bugs, eh?

Use Non-Toxic Baby Products

Another serious concern is baby products. Infants and toddlers have extremely delicate skin and immune systems. They’re more susceptible to carcinogens and toxins. The harsh, toxic ingredients in some babycare products may be FDA-approved for use, but that doesn’t mean they’re the healthiest.

When I was a baby, my mother rarely used babycare products. Instead she used cloth diapers and natural ingredients that are safe enough to eat. In fact, I did eat them! This doesn’t always fit every lifestyle and schedule, but one thing parents can do is always read the label before buying a baby product. Steer clear of anything with dioxane and ethylene oxide—two known carcinogens. Also bypass products that contain sulfates, parabens, PEG, talc, and phthalates.

Babyproof Cabinets

Once babies become mobile, they are eager to explore. Cabinets are an immediate attraction because of all the goodies they hide inside. And if they have sliding doors, don’t ask. Children also enjoy climbing through kid-size cabinets, which can lead to injury.

For a few dollars and a couple of minutes of your time, you can childproof all the cabinet doors in your home. Childproof cabinet latches are usually fixed to the inside of the cabinet so they don’t mess up the décor. You can also use magnetic cabinet locks that are too strong for a baby’s little fingers to pry open. Or at least, will make it difficult for them.

Secure Televisions

Back in the day, when we got our first TV, it was that shuttered model that looked pretty much like a cupboard and was tough to move because of its size and weight. A modern day danger for babies and toddlers is unsecured flat screen televisions, and the issue is becoming more problematic. TVs that aren’t secured can easily topple over and fall on a small child. The number of severe head, spine and bodily injuries caused by TVs has increased from 16,500 between 2006 and 2008 to more than 19,200 between the years of 2008 and 2010. Who wants to be part of that statistic?

Affix every television in the house to a wall or secure it properly to a piece of heavy furniture. It’s also important to supervise children while they’re watching television since three quarters of television-related accidents occur when parents aren’t in the room.

Childproof Electrical Outlets

Electric shock is one of the biggest dangers in the home. Electric outlets are particularly dangerous for children because they are within easy reach and kids just can’t seem to resist trying to stick things in the prong holes.

The simple solution is installing outlet covers. They are very cheap and very effective. An even safer solution is to replace old outlets with tamper-resistant receptacles (TRR). These have spring-loaded shutters in the slots for the prongs. The shutters won’t open unless both are simultaneously pushed in. Why, even I find that tough to use!

Use Non-Toxic Cleaners

The air quality inside a home can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoors, especially if you live near the main road like I do. The problem comes from lack of air circulation and the use of toxins inside a home or toxic sustances that grow at homes as mold or asbesto, in cases like that you can hire a service of Asbestos removal. Whenever possible stick to natural cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar—which are more effective than store bought cleaners, minus the fragrance.

Keep an eye on your child

Last in this list, is my most important tip. Keep your toddler in sight. While this sounds impractical to do 24 x 7, it is worth it to try and do it as much as possible. If not your eye, someone else’s. These days, there are CCTV cameras that can show you what your child is up to. Half the time, accidents happen simply because no one was around to stop it.

So dear Mama, invest a little time and money in making your home a cleaner, safer environment. And remember, toddlers are clever. Very clever. They’ll keep you on your toes, do crazy things, and look very pleased with life. Stay stress-free while keeping your baby healthy.

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Shailaja Vishwanath June 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

All practical and useful tips, Vidya. I was a paranoid mom and over cautious and despite that, Gy still had a nasty fall and broke open her forehead and needed six stitches when she was barely 2 years old. Ah, life of a parent. Never a dull moment.

Vidya Sury June 18, 2017 at 10:22 am

Thanks for commenting Shailaja. Absolutely right about never a dull moment with parenting–no matter how old they get. 🙂 My niece is freaking out over being outwitted by her almost one year old right now! Babies, especially the ones that have begun to crawl, are totally underestimated!

Esha June 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Very handy tips, Vidya and quite informative esp with regard to the presence of harsh chemicals in baby care products that new and usually first-time parents generally tend to overlook. This is definitely a post worth sharing.

upasna June 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

I mostly rely on the last tip. …. Keeping an eye on him even if that means missing delayed meal. Good tips here.

Vidya Sury June 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm

I completely agree with you! Hugs!

Sreesha June 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm

All very useful tips, V. I especially used to be a fan of the last one, so much so, that my mom said I wasn’t letting the baby be, staring at him the whole time!
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Darla M Sands June 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm

How nice to offer these tips. Namaste, my dear.

Hiral Amodia June 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

All are very relevant tips. “Babyproof Cabinets” is something that you mentioned very correct. Usually people dont think about this and then the baby gets hurt.

Vidya Sury June 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

We have personally had scary moments especially with sliding doors. Somehow toddlers love to pace their hands exactly where the hinges are on a door! Thank you for coming by, Hiral!
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Sarah Clark July 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

“Keep an eye on your child”. I think that is the most important thing. Also, if your house has stairs, be especially careful, buying a gate is not a bad idea.
Thanks for your useful article.

Baby Wet Towel October 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Good article. got many this from this. To build a good baby it needs music in the home. Reading habit should be the home. Keep the home atmosphere always cheerful.

Hunter August 1, 2019 at 1:10 am

Why is it that we all chose to put the most toxic things right under the kitchen sink!? Babyproofing cabinets before the little one is curious – great tip – thanks!

Ridhima Patel November 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

when it comes to babies, all mother can think about baby’s care and safety

soul mate February 1, 2020 at 8:30 am

Why is it that we all chose to put the most toxic things right under the kitchen sink!? Babyproofing shelves before the infant is curious – tremendous tip – thank you!

Penelope Smith February 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

It is good to know that it would be smart to try to babyproof everything. My sister is going to be having her first baby soon. It might be smart for her to find a child care expert to help her do that. As well as taking care of her baby when she needs a break.

Olivia Rose July 24, 2021 at 3:52 am

One of the best, most practical and informative blog I have come across I must say. Thanks for sharing these tips, very handy and practical! I thing every new mom should read them. Pinning it!
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Katherine April 22, 2020 at 8:07 am

Love this post. Babyproofing is so important and it is all too often overlooked until it is too late. Whether it is an outlet or the chemicals under the sink (why do we put them there, anyway!?), there are many overlooked areas of the home. Thanks for exploring them and for putting this together.

blake July 4, 2020 at 4:26 am

You said, your mom used cloth diapers and natural ingredients.. it is so hygienic but today these things are so rare. so happy that you raised this point and spreading message to use organic and non-toxic product for soft baby skin. great blog..

Happy Hiller July 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Great tips! Thank you.
Glad I popped by your blog.

Diane Price September 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for putting this together! I agree that identifying the dangers that could befall a newborn baby inside the home is the first step to keeping them safe.

scsumit September 15, 2020 at 12:26 pm

All are very relevant tips. “Babyproof Cabinets” is something that you mentioned very correctly. “Keep an eye on your child”. I think that is the most important thing usually, people don’t think about this and then the baby gets hurt. Thanks for your useful article.

Peak Medical Resources January 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

These are great tips! Keeping your baby safe is one of a new parent’s most important jobs. One of the reasons it can be so challenging to keep a baby safe is because each new stage of development presents new risks.

Lilly Whitehead February 6, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Perfect timing for this post! Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in-depth information you offer. You’ve really covered up almost all the possible info that every parent should follow and the explanation was definitely helpful. Worth sharing! Please do continue sharing updates! Thanks a lot!
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Fahim July 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Great insights

Olivia Rose July 27, 2021 at 5:39 pm

These are some great and practical tips. Thanks for sharing
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yumpresso April 25, 2022 at 6:04 pm

You always come up with amazing content. It’s really helpful for new parents. Thank you for sharing this blog.

bonsi May 7, 2022 at 9:23 pm

Good article. got many this from this. To build a good baby it needs music in the home. Reading habits should be the home. Keep the home atmosphere always cheerful. thanks for sharing this article.
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Jacki June 17, 2022 at 10:39 pm

Cherish this post. Babyproofing is so critical and it is all as well frequently neglected until it is as well late. Whether it is an outlet or the chemicals beneath the sink (why do we put them there, besides!?), there are numerous neglected regions of the domestic. Much appreciated for investigating them and for putting this together.

Krishnandu July 12, 2022 at 1:00 am

Undoubtedly it is an excellent tip for keeping our baby safe at home. I have a question for you. Can you suggest what kind of products or stuff parents need outside the house to keep the baby safe? Looking for your further comments and wants to know more.
Good Wishes.
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