How To Baby Proof Your Family Room

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When your little one starts crawling around, watch out!  Everything within reach becomes fair game to pull on, crawl over, slobber one, and be tossed around.  You’ll quickly realize that your home is not as baby safe as you thought!  BabyCenter.com has an amazing, detailed checklist that covers just about every area in your home: Childproofing Checklist: Before Your Baby Crawls.  Go check it out, then come back here!

Make one room in your house a “baby safe” zone where you can place your baby and walk away for a moment knowing she’ll be safe.  This is probably going to be your family room or the room you’ll spend most of your time in during the day.  Babies NEED to be hands (and mouths!) on with their environment to learn from it.  So, it is imperative to create an environment where baby can explore the world but still be safe:

  • Put foam corner bumpers on low tables, like your coffee table.  Yes, I put them on my beautifully refinished table and they look ridiculous, but DO IT.  I can’t tell you how many times I caught my son from falling back onto the corner or hitting his chin off it.
  • Unplug all electronics with cords.  If you can’t, put the cords up or hide them.  My son is a cord fiend.  I think he thinks he’s a cat.
  • Tie back curtains.  Your baby will grab on to long floor curtains and try to pull up.  That could be dangerous if it comes crashing down.  Also, cut blind cords so there are no loops on the end and put them high up.
  • Take away all breakable or glass objects.  They can come back when baby’s older.
  • Keep things like cork coasters, soft or plastic decorations, soft baskets, blankets, and pillows low on shelves or the ground so your child can play with them and be satisfied that he’s interacting with the environment.
  • HIDE THE KLEENEX!  My son loves pulling all the Kleenex out of the box and eating it.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried eating Kleenex, but it’s dangerous.  You can even make one of these awesome toys so your child can enjoy the fascination of pulling out “tissues” without the mess or danger.
  • Place a basket in the room full of toys.  Your baby will delight in toppling the basket over and picking through all the toys to choose one to play with.
  • Put up a baby gate at the entrance to the room to keep baby contained.
  • Add a soft, plush rug if your room is hardwood.  If possible, place it in a way so baby can use all of the rug as a designated play space, like you would see in a pre-school.

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AAP Car Seat Safety Guidelines for 2013

Consumer Product Safety Commission Alerts

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