Babyproofing Your Home - Pregnancy & Baby Plus

In the kitchen

  • Store dangerous products in a high cabinet. Use childproof safety locks on cabinets below the sink.
  • Keep sharp items, such as knives, forks and scissors, in a latched drawer, separate from safe kitchen utensils.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use and don't allow cords to dangle.
  • Cook on back burners and turn pot handles to the rear of the stove. Cover stove knobs.
  • Use unbreakable baby glasses.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

Chefs in training

  • Your baby can keep you company while you work in the kitchen, but make sure she's not underfoot or in the line of fire should you drop or spill anything.
  • Select safe kitchen items for your baby to play with, such as pots and pans and plastic utensils.
  • Give your child blocks or stackable items from your kitchen to play with.

In the bathroom

  • Keep the door closed and the lock disengaged.
  • Latch the toilet seat. Empty the tub promptly after use. A baby can drown in as little as two inches of water ‑- in a tub, pail or toilet.
  • Use nonskid rugs and tub and shower mats.
  • Pad faucets and keep appliances away from water.
  • Use childproof safety locks on cabinets to keep cosmetics, toiletries, medicines, scissors, razor blades and cleaning agents out of reach.
  • Use plastic cups and soap dishes, not glass.

Bathroom buddies

  • Include your baby in your morning washing and dressing routine.
  • Make sure she's in a secure spot and can see you.
  • Tell her what you'll both be doing that day.
  • Sing her your favorite song.

Detecting TroubleBe sure to install smoke detectors in your home and check the batteries twice a year (New Year's Day and July 4 are easy dates to remember). Put carbon monoxide detectors in your home, preferably near the bedrooms. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that has no taste, color or odor.

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