If you’re moving into a new home with a child under the age of six, then your first step will be to start babyproofing (or childproofing) the space—before you even move in the first piece of furniture. Make sure your little one is safe to play, sleep, and eat while you’re setting up house.
Secure all stairs, banisters, and doorways.
Even though it’s a hassle while you’re still moving in boxes and furniture, make sure to protect little ones from falls. You can find retractable gates or swing gates in all sizes. New safety nets and banister guards protect kids from extra-wide banisters.
Cover the outlets.
There’s a whole new generation of electrical safety gadgets that go way beyond the old plastic outlet covers. Try new outlet shields, strip covers, plug covers, or safe plates.
Set up a safe play space while you work.
As soon as possible, set up a secure play area (enclosed with safety gates, if necessary) so your child can entertain herself while you unpack boxes.
Anchor furniture and TVs to walls.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 25,400 children are injured every year from tipping TVs, dressers, tables, and appliances. Visit the hardware store for furniture anchors.
Store chemicals out-of-reach.
Don’t forget that “chemicals” may include medications, cleaning products, beauty products, and personal hygiene products. Store these in a locked cabinet, closet, or high, inaccessible area.
Keep windows safe.
To prevent falls, make sure windows on upper floors open less than 3½ inches.
Lock drawers and appliances.
Hardware stores, department stores, and baby stores now carry easy-to-install locks for everything from toilets, to knife drawers, to cabinets, to refrigerators. Add these before unpacking your utensils.
Remember water safety.
Babies and toddlers can drown in less than two inches of water, according to KidsHealth.org. While you’re moving in, keep ice coolers and cleaning buckets out of reach, empty sinks and tubs, and keep bathroom doors closed.
Make sure water is not too hot.
Set your new water heater to 120°F to prevent scalds and burns.
Set up a safe sleeping place.
Use a crib that meets all current safety standards. And skip the blankets, pillows, and bumpers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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