A Guide To Baby-Proofing Your Whole Home
If you have little ones on the way, Sleeping Giant knows that it is a top priority to keep them safe and comfortable in your home. That’s why we created this helpful guide to baby-proofing your whole home. Whether you are getting ready for your first child or needing to make updates to your new home in Childersburg, this guide will cover all of the areas that need to be addressed, so you can rest easy knowing your baby is safe in your home.
Before your baby arrives, take some time to fix the larger projects around the house that you may have been putting off. Replace any broken windows, cabinet doors, or damaged flooring. Any chipping paint should be removed and repainted to protect children from consuming chemicals in the loose paint.
Anchor all upright furniture to the walls using anti-tip kits to ensure they don’t fall over if pushed or rattled. When dealing with electrical outlets, look for childproof outlet covers to keep little fingers from getting shocked. Also, replace blinds with cordless options to prevent accidents and tie back curtains so they’re not pulled down with the curtain rod.
The kitchen can be a dangerous place with sharp silverware, heavy cookware, and cleaning chemicals. If you’re able, consider placing baby gates in the doorways to prevent little ones from entering when you’re not with them. However, whether you have baby gates or not, having cabinet locks is a must to ultimately keep your child safe in the kitchen. Even with cabinet locks, it is best to take any chemicals out from underneath the sink and put them in a location far out of reach. If your stove knobs are on the front of the stove where they may be easily reached, knob covers are an important safety addition to prevent any fire-related accidents.
Whether you have a formal dining room or a small breakfast nook, it is important to keep this area clear and safe. Be sure your table is solid and sturdy to prevent smashed fingers or spills. Even though a rug in the eating area may be cozy and stylish, opt for hardwood or tile flooring until your children are a bit older. Rugs can cause instability, and will likely end up covered in the food your baby drops.
The living area is often where families spend the majority of their time, making it a high-risk area for getting hurt. If you are planning to replace furniture before your baby arrives, choose options with soft corners and high-performance fabrics that resist stains and can be easily cleaned. For existing furniture, add corner covers where needed.
The Nursery is a room where your baby will spend a lot of his or her time, so it is important to make it as comfortable and safe as possible. Plush carpeting can help cushion falls and make for a safe play area. Don’t hang anything above the crib or changing table where your baby can reach and pull things down, instead opt for a painted or wallpapered accent wall. You can even add a specialized zoning system to keep the temperature in the nursery perfect for your baby at all times.
If you choose to have a zoning system installed by the professionals at Sleeping Giant HVAC, you’ll get perfectly heated or cooled air wherever it’s needed in your home. Learn more about our zoning systems on our website today or contact us!
Bathroom & Laundry
In the bathroom or laundry room, keep medications and cleaning supplies in an out-of-reach, locked cabinet to prevent any accidents. Even with child-proof packaging, accidents can happen so it is always best to keep these items locked securely. Consider also adding a toilet lock to prevent any contact with germs or smashed fingers of curious children.
Having a clean house is often a priority for parents of young children, but it can be easy to overlook the air quality in your home. Even though it isn’t visible, dust, dirt, dander, and other allergens may be circulating throughout the air in your home. Sleeping Giant has whole-home air cleaners that can remove up to 99.9% of unwanted allergens from the air your baby breathes every day.
To learn more about our child-proofing tips and how Sleeping Giant’s zoning systems or air cleaners can benefit you and your children, call us at (256) 378-6556. We are your locally owned American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Childersburg, AL.
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