Every new mom has a moment or two where she looks around her home and thinks “this house is a death trap!” Imagining traumatic falls on tile flooring or a fateful whack of the head on a sharp corner of the coffee table, you can drive yourself crazy thinking of all of the ways that your little one could be injured in your home. While babies are typically much more resilient than nervous new moms, a little caution goes a long way in protecting your child from household accidents. Here are some tried-and-true tips to babyproof your house and protect you child:
Mount Televisions to the Wall
Unmounted flat screen televisions are unstable and can easily fall on a child. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2000 and 2008 nearly 200 children under age 8 died from injuries resulting from a tipover accident. Protect your child from a tipover accident by securely mounting any televisions in your home to the wall with a mounting bracket.
Install Home Security
While home security is invaluable for keeping burglars at bay, it has another practical use: it helps you keep an eye on your little ones. Enable the chime feature on your door sensors to hear if your curious toddler opens an exterior door. Want to check in on your family from the office or while you’re away for the weekend? Get an alarm with remote access. A wireless alarm system from LifeShield.com allows you to view a live feed of your security footage from an online portal.
Stabilize Furniture with Wall Straps
Televisions aren’t the only home item that can tip over and hurt your child; top-heavy furniture can be just as dangerous. After all, everything looks like a jungle gym to an agile toddler. To prevent injury, anchor furniture to the walls with stability straps. You can find furniture straps at your local hardware or home improvement store for under $10. All you need to install them is a studfinder and a drill, and you can secure anything in a few minutes. Essential furniture to secure:
Get Rid of Window Blind Cords
Long window blind cords tempt children to play because they dangle like toys. However, window blind cords can be a strangling hazard and should be removed or securely tucked out of your child’s reach. Consider upgrading to cordless blinds for maximum safety and ease of use. A window blind winder is also an affordable option to keep cords at bay.
Control Electrical Cords
Wrangle all of the electrical wiring and cords in your house to prevent your toddler from playing with them. Use electrical tape to fasten cords together and tape them to the floor or the wall. For appliances and devices that you don’t leave plugged in all the time, such as your laptop computer or hair dryer, be sure to securely wind up the cord after each use and put these items away in a place that’s out of your little one’s reach.