Monday, April 14, 2014 / by Fra Jamir
One of the most exciting times in a parent's life is the time before a baby's arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only a few short months your child will be looking to explore the world around them. Make sure your home is ready for the adventure, and baby proofing is done in advance. Over the course of a single weekend you can transform your home into a baby friendly safe zone, ready for discovery.
Getting Down To Have Look Around
Cupboards and corners are potential hazards, but are not the only places baby can run into trouble. Cracks and crevices can trap and scratch little fingers, and an exposed baseboard nail could lead to unneeded tears and medical attention. These problems can be avoided with minimal time and a little filler. By bringing yourself down to baby level, you can easily get the low down on your home's toddler readiness. Another down and dirty danger is electrical outlets. If you have lots of cords in the home, consider using power strips to keep the number of plugs needed to a minimum. These are easy to unplug and replace with a cover when not needed, or when baby is at play. Not only will this make things easy at the outlet, but it will also save you money by minimizing wasted energy.
Switch To Greener Cleaners And Keep It Up
Of course keeping chemical cleaners and cleaning supplies out of reach is an important part of baby proofing your home, but what about the freshly mopped kitchen floor? Baby's soft skin can easily pick up the chemical cocktail that is most traditional cleaning solutions. Switching to natural cleaners is a safe choice for both your home and your family. With green cleaning products, you won't have to wait until baby is away or napping before chipping away at the daily chores.
Keep Baby In Bounds And Block Danger Out
There is a contraption for every possible danger, but regardless of the measures taken, accidents can always happen. Once you have baby proofed hazardous zones like bathrooms and offices, you can add extra assurance by placing baby locks or latches on the outside of doors. Baby gates can block off areas of the home beyond the staircase. You can use these safety gates to section off nearly any area, and portable gates are easily moved throughout the home.
Babies grow quickly, and sometimes we as parents feel unprepared for the phases and milestones that lay ahead. Knowing your home is ready to go from newborn to toddler will give the peace of mind needed to enjoy each moment that you share with baby in your home. If there are structural challenges that simple baby proofing cannot overcome, call your local real estate professional today. Connecting buyers with just the right place is both our pleasure and priority. Finding the perfect home for you and your growing family can be a great way to transition into a new normal.
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