• Ernest Valencia

How To Baby-Proof Your Condo

Updated: Apr 21

Sure, they’re cute, but they’re also terribly alert and curious. Babies and toddlers love exploring because everything is new to them. This can get them to places you didn’t think possible. To protect them from harm, and to ensure that you don’t hamper their fun and learning, here are some tips you may follow to baby-proof your condo.

Babies and toddlers love fiddling with stuff, and knobs are the easiest for them to play with. Cover knobs found on stoves and ovens to minimize danger, and to avoid tempting playful hands.

Cords and cables pose the risk of electric shock, and can also be an obstacle that cause your little ones to lose their balance or fall. Make sure these hazardous coils are properly tied up or taped down.

Clear the floor of any plants. If you’re into indoor plants, make sure they are not on the floor and are not within reach. Some plants are poisonous and may be accidentally swallowed by your baby if they have easy access to them.

Your little ones love to push and pull anything on their way. Secure tall pieces of furniture, such as book cases, shelves, and drawers, to the wall to prevent them from toppling over and causing injury.

In your kitchen, make sure your cleaning supplies are stored in a high cabinet, instead of under the sink. If it’s unavoidable to put hazardous or dangerous stuff in the cabinet under the sink, secure a child-proof lock for it.

Don’t use ornaments or home decor that are too heavy, especially in your baby’s room. In case of earthquakes, or faulty hardware, these may fall and cause injury. Make sure that the decor you hang above a crib is lightweight and safe to hang in a nursery.

In connection with home decor, remove the glass in front of huge picture frames and other non-precious artwork in the nursery. This will also be beneficial in case of an earthquake.

Never leave water running in the bath or even in a bucket. Keep your toilet lid down and secure it with a lock, too. Babies can drown even in very little water, and water left to stand can present all sorts of dangers.

Don’t put cribs near windows or a terrace. Use only cordless blinds or cut blind cords in half to avoid strangulation.

Store your medicines and vitamins in childproof containers and place them where they aren’t easily accessible to your child. Never take medicine in front of your toddlers and call it candy because they may copy you. If you’re throwing old pills, make sure they are sealed in a bag and properly disposed of.

It’s a given that parents worry about the welfare and safety of their children, but many overlook one of the biggest threats there is--their own home. With these tips, you can start getting rid of potential risks and provide a safe environment to your child.

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