September 18, 2017
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As your baby grows from tiny newborn to mobile toddler, you will want to think about ways to baby proof your house! Mobile babies and toddlers are very curious, and also still learning about danger and safety. Those early months are a great time to start thinking about the future, and making little changes to your home to make it safer for an inquisitive child!
We will share some tips for securing your house below!
When you are busy dreaming about that cuddly newborn, toddler safety might seem like a long way off! It's not really. That first year will feel like the longest, shortest time of your life. Consider registering for baby safety items so that you have them on hand, and h ave time to slowly install and update your house throughout the first year, before it becomes a huge issue.
The first thing we recommend for baby proofing your house is actually to totally move things out of reach of your curious baby and toddler. That means:
For the things that can't be moved, latches and locks can go a long way. You want to still be aware of where your child is and what they are up to, but these things can provide one extra layer of prevention:
Accidents are bound to happen with a little explorer around, and hopefully taking some precautions will help minimize the damage! Remember that exploring is one of the ways babies and toddlers learn. Create a safe environment for them to grow in, and they will thrive. Also always remember that toddlers and babies can surprise you, so even with the best safety plans in place, it's important to stay aware of what your child is up to. This period of life can be exhausting, but also so much fun as you see your little newborn turn into a kid, full of life, energy, and personality!
Also, if this feels overwhelming, contact our team of Postpartum + Infant Care Doulas. If you are local to the Cincinnati or Dayton region, we would be happy to help you walk through your house with an eye for safety, and start the process of baby-proofing. We also are able to do remote Skype consultations.
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