Security bars installation
Once your baby starts to crawl, he will be ready for action. The security bars are very important, as they will help you keep your baby out of danger. If you have stairs, install them at the top and bottom. You can also put them in areas of your home that are not safe for a baby. You will find different styles and prices.
The security bars will provide you peace of mind while your child explores your home and, at the same time, develops your gross motor skills (such as crawling, walking, jumping and running).
There are three basic designs of safety bars:
Pressure bars: You do not need to buy parts or special tools in the hardware store to install this type of bars. They are held in place by pressure. They are the most economical and easy to install. However, be careful, because they can be easily removed.
Bars that are assembled with hardware: This type of grilles are mounted on the walls or adjacent furniture with hardware. Although they are more expensive and more difficult to install, they are much more resistant than models that rely on pressure to stay in place.
Adaptable gratings: This type of grilles are the most modern. The sections that lock, you can connect at almost any angle, allowing you to create a barrier to measure to block irregularly shaped spaces.
Age range: Buy the bars before your baby crawls. If you have a house with more than one floor, it is important to know that children can climb stairs long before they learn to walk.
How much it will cost: The bars cost between 20 and 100 dollars. The more expensive ones, generally require less assembly and the installation will be simpler (which means that you will be able to move it more easily).
Tip: Save the original boxes in which your bars come. When you travel or visit your relatives, you can take them. That way it will be much easier for you to protect your child in an environment with which you are not familiar.
In most houses, electrical outlets are at the perfect height to attract crawling babies and young children. Choose protectors to cover the electrical outlets of those that are plugged or screwed on top of these. Screws are easier in the long run, because they allow you to use the electrical outlet but they close automatically when you unplug something. It is likely that you can cover all the plugs in your home to be child-proof in less than an hour.
Other types of security in the home: Babies over 8 months old are very curious and watch closely what adults do around them. Your baby will always want to play with the things you use. So objects like the DVD player, cell phones and kitchen utensils, will seem very attractive.
Keep your DVD player safe from your baby with an insurance that keeps it closed. Give your little kid’s versions of the things you use every day like toy cell phones as well as plastic or wooden pans and pans. Make sure you keep electrical appliances, sharp objects and tools out of reach.
Age range: Cover all electrical outlets when your baby is about 4 months old, before he learns to crawl.
How much it will cost: Most plug protectors cost less than $ 5 and install quickly.
Tip: It is very likely that you have already locked the cleaning products that are in your kitchen and bathroom. But do not forget those dangers that often enter your home. Babies are often poisoned or injured with pills, pens, lipsticks and other items that they take out of the bags of people who come to visit. Keep the bags and suitcases of your guests or guests out of reach of your little one.
Read the security measures you can implement before your baby is born.
Safety in the bathroom
A baby can drown in 5 centimeters (2 inches) of water, so bathtubs and toilets are serious potential hazards. The slippery surfaces of the bathrooms are dangerous for both children and adults.
There are some simple objects that can help you keep your baby safe, such as bathtub toys that tell you when the water is too hot. There are also insurance to prevent your baby from opening the lid of the toilets.
Age range: From 6 months and up.
How much it will cost: An insurance for the lid of the toilet costs from $ 4 dollars for a simple hinge to $ 13 dollars for a model in the form of a square.
Tip: Reduce the chance that your baby will burn with hot water by setting your water heater to less than 48.8 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). A child can get burned in a few seconds.
The kitchen is not a very safe place for babies and small children. Many things can be dangerous from the stove and a hot oven to the cleaning products that you keep under the sink (dishwasher). Now there are many artifacts that you can install to reduce the risk of injury. There are the safe for the drawers and cabinets as well as the protective screens for the stove.
Age range: From 6 months and up.
How much it will cost: Insurance for drawers and cabinets costs between $ 1 and $ 10 each; the screens for the stove can cost around $ 15.
Tip: Always make sure that the pot and pot handles are directed towards the back of the stove, not to the front where your child can grab them.
Determining what the risks are when traveling can be more difficult. However, taking simple precautions can make your trip less worrisome.
Travel with at least a few crucial first aid items, such as a thermometer and a fever-reducing medication (be sure to see the pediatrician to see which one you recommend). Trying to find these things at midnight in a strange city can be a real can. Take these items with you (in case your luggage is lost) and keep them in a box that your child can not open.
Age range: It is recommended that you have first aid items since your baby is newborn. You will need to take other precautions as your child becomes more mobile.
How much it will cost: Most of the items you will use to prepare your child-proof home are very affordable. Almost all cost less than $ 20. It will be the smartest investment you can make in the long term.