I have written a lot of articles on “how to get pregnant” and I am sure by this time, some might have guessed “how to get pregnant” and SOME OTHERS (pun intended) on “how NOT to get pregnant.” Babies are very inquisitive about everything happening around them; a new sound, a new colour, a new voice, and every thing brings a twinkle to their eyes and they want to know more about it. Before learning how to crawl or walk, a baby would inspect and judge his surroundings by his eyes and feels things by keeping it in his mouth. Once the baby starts to crawl and walk, then, it does become difficult for him/her to keep away from things which he shouldn’t be interested in. My son is now 1-1/2 year old. He is a little tornado who runs around in the home, pulling out things from the cupboard, throwing things in water, and I have to search a lot before I get what I want. But, as my son had begun crawling and walking, I realized that there were many things in my house, which might be potential danger to him and I had to make my house safe for him. It is easier said than done because there are so many things which can cause him harm, a small nail, a harmless plastic cover, a cork, electrical sockets, etc. Is there a reason to get so much worked up and I would say yes, because, every other day, babies are getting injured in mishaps in the very safety of their homes, kids drowning in half bucket of water, falling into borewells, etc. I am going to outline a few tips so that your baby really feels safe where he/she is supposed to be the safest.
A number of cases have come up where kids as old as 2 year olds have got drowned in bucketfuls of water in their homes. In the last two to three years, there have been cases of kids drowning in buckets in Asaram Bapu’s ashram school alone. It might be a little bewildering when we think about it, but babies are fascinated by the touch and feel of water. Water is the best toy a baby “thinks” he/she can get. My son is fascinated with our bathroom because there is so much water in there and he gets really agitated why he can’t go alone and play there. If you have a baby who is less than 4 years old, you should be careful with water containers and buckets. Ensure that you always lock the bathroom when it is not in use so that the baby does not sneak in when you are not watching. Never fill even small containers with water because even a little is enough to cause a lot of trouble.
2. Keep swimming pools barricaded.
3. Babyproof electrical sockets.
My son is super-interested in electrical outlets and so are all the other kids. My son likes to switch on and switch off lights and put his fingers into the electrical sockets. As soon as we realized that he could get electrocuted if we are not watching, we got all our electrical sockets within his reach taped heavily to make them safe. The other option is to opt for the kind of sockets in which the child cannot put his fingers in.
4. Install baby safety gates on stairs.
When toddlers start to crawl, they find crawling on stairs fascinating; they would also be trying to get up and down the stairs. People living in duplex houses or houses that have stairs should add safety gates such that the baby does not fall down the stairs when he is trying to climb up or climb down. Baby gates is a must for homes with both stairs and babies.
5. Keep the baby away from potential heat and fire sources.
Remember to always keep tea cups, containers with hot liquid, and iron boxes away from the reach of the baby so that the baby does not burn himself.
6. Keep all chemical agents, pesticides, insecticides, and poisonous substances away from the reach of toddlers.
One of the first and most important things when a baby comes into the home is to keep all chemicals and harmful and poisonous substances locked. All babies have a tendency to put everything they can get their hands on, into their mouth. If they accidentally chance upon a chemical agent, they will try to put it into their mouth, which can be fatal. So, it is best to keep all chemical agents LOCKED.
7. Keep medicines away from children.
Kids get inquisitive when they see adults gulping down medicines and they want to do the same. It is of utmost importance to not let the kids have a reach to where your or anyone else’s medicines are kept. Blood pressure medicines and diabetes medicines will prove fatal for the child. So, it is better to be safe than be sorry. High doses of vitamins are also dangerous, so even these should be not left anywhere the baby can get them.
8. Keep the washing machine always covered.
I have seen my son trying to pull a stool and peep into the washing machine. It is important to remember not to fill the washing machine with water when not in use and to keep it covered. Babies can easily fall and get drowned in the washing machine’s water.
9. Keep kids away from passive smoke.
Passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking. Babies can develop lung disorders and asthmatic problems if they are continuously exposed to cigarette smoking. It is responsibility of the adults to not let their child get exposed to passive smoking.
10. Provide a healthy hygienic environment to grow and develop.
A baby needs a healthy and hygienic environment to grow normally. Unhygienic environments can deter in which a baby normally develops. It is important to keep the home as well as surroundings clean for not only your baby but all babies.
Thousands of home accidents occur every year involving babies and most of which could have been prevented with a little thought and care, after all babies should feel the safest in their homes.
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