As busy moms know all too well, it's no mystery that our little ones have a habit of finding trouble.
Take a few extra steps to keep your toddler safe as they start becoming mobile, they'll put themselves in more mischief than you would think.
So think like a toddler and baby proof that home !
If you have flights of stairs in your home, it's almost a given that you'll be needing some baby gates. These gates aren't the child safety of the 80s and 90s and now baby gates come in all different finishes to blend with any decor. Outfit the top and bottom of the stairs with a secured gate to keep your little climbers from investigating different floors of the house without a hall pass. Keep walkways clear and de clutter your baby's play space regularly to avoid trips and falls as they take those uncoordinated and clumsy steps around. Adding some area rugs or play mats to your living space will also keep their falls graceful and painless when they lose their balance.
Any teething baby has a passion for putting random small objects in their mouth. Check your home regularly for small items that may have dropped that your baby will be tempted with. Small pieces around your house that can easily be removed by curious hands should be secured or removed whenever possible. You'd be surprised how intriguing the plastic cap of a doorstop can be to a hungry teething toddler. Choking hazards come in all shapes and sizes, if it fits in your mouth, it should be away from your baby.
You might like to sleep with a ton of blankets and pillows while you sleep, but babies don't need all that. Soft, fluffy and loose laying bedding should be removed from their crib to eliminate risks of suffocation while your baby tosses and turns through the night. Even stuffed animals can create a problem if they tip over during the night. A great alternative to a bunch of blankets for your infant is a sleep sack. Think of it as a sleeping bag/ onesie combo that has arms and zips up the front like a onesie but has some leg room to keep those tiny toes warm at night.
Beware of Sharp Corners and Big Furniture
As your little sailors try to find their land legs, they're going to fall and usually it's into furniture or the various obstacles in their paths. They rarely fall when they're out in the open, of course. Add some creative bumpers onto the arms, legs and corners of large furniture. Secure taller furniture and heavy wall hangings like the tv properly so they can't fall or be pulled down by your baby's superhuman strength. This unfortunately happens more often than it should and is completely avoidable with a few added steps when assembling large furniture in your home.
Usually overthinking is a bad thing. Not when it comes to the safety of littles.
Think outside the box and contemplate your baby's next moves to help get precautions in place to keep your baby safe as they navigate your home.
Your postpartum doula can help give insightful advice about the latest baby safety products and strategies to keep your home fully secured. And for you Harry Potter fans, baby safe the place until it's Azkaban prison in there.