How To Baby Proof Your Home

baby proofing your home for child safetyIn the baby’s eyes, a home is one huge playground. He sees many things to climb over, touch, pull, or taste. While it’s fun to watch him learn new things as he grows, it’s also heartbreaking to see him get injured. It’s important therefore to take proper safety measures to create a safe environment for him to play. Here are some useful tips to help you childproof your home:

To Prevent Injury

Use safety gates in the doorways, and at the top and bottom of the stairs. This helps to prevent kids from falling and keep them away from dangerous areas. However, because some kids can be very stubborn, it’s advisable to use gates that they cannot open easily.

Put door locks and door knob covers in the bathroom, kitchen, swimming pool and all other dangerous areas to prevent kids from getting injured. However, ensure that these devices can be easily used by adults in case of an emergency.

Secure TVs and bookshelves to the wall with anchors and brackets to prevent the baby from falling if he tries to climb onto them. Also, make sure that heavier items are stored at the bottom of shelves and drawers to avoid a potential fall on the baby.

Keep cribs and other furniture away from high windows to prevent kids from climbing onto the window.

Keep all sharp objects such as scissors and knives away from kids. This should also include anything that can break easily like, glasses.

Never leave the baby alone with a pet unsupervised. It only takes one moment for him to harm your baby.

To prevent a child from accidentally pulling the trigger on himself, or the people around him, avoid keeping a gun in the car or at home. If you have to, make sure it’s unloaded and locked up in a safe place.

Install safety latches and locks on all drawers and cabinets to keep dangerous household products away from children. All medicines and other poisonous substances should be kept out of their reach and locked up. Also make sure that the safety latches are strong enough to withstand constant pulling from kids, but easy to use by adults.

To Prevent Burns

Unplug all household items, including toasters, fans, and microwaves after use, and store them away from children.

If possible, install smoke detectors in every room in your home to alert you of a fire outbreak. Carry out a monthly inspection and a yearly change of battery to ensure that they’re working properly and continuously.

It takes only 3 seconds for a baby to sustain third-degree burns from water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, make sure that the temperature of the water heater is always set at 120 degrees to prevent hot water burns. Also, install anti-scald devices on your shower heads and faucets to help regulate water temperature and prevent potential burns.

Keep away all hot liquids, like coffee, water, and milk away from the baby.

Keep kitchen appliances with food away from the edges of tables and counters.

To Prevent Drowning

Never leave the baby in the bathtub alone, even if there’s an older child in the room. It takes less than a minute for your baby to drown while the other child is distracted.

Ensure that all swimming pools are fenced off, covered and gated. Be sure to use pool covers with locks to keep children away from the pool area.

Since standing water is a major cause of drowning in children, always empty liquids from buckets and basins that are not being used.

To Prevent Choking

Never put the baby to sleep with a feeding bottle in his mouth. They can easily get choked if the fluid mistakenly enters the lungs.

Also, be careful when choosing and preparing baby food. Cut meat into small pieces, and mash fruits and vegetables before feeding them to make digestion easier.

Take a CPR class if possible, to learn choking signs and what to do to prevent them.

To Prevent Suffocation

Do not allow cats, dogs and other pets to sleep with the baby because they can sleep on him and suffocate him.

Remove pillows, stuffed animals, and toys from the crib to prevent them from covering the baby’s face, and making him hard to breathe.

Keep plastic bags out of your kid’s reach to avoid suffocating him while playing.

Children love to play and the love to explore. Sometimes that curiosity can have adverse consequences in your home. For a little kid, there is practically danger at every turn, but implementing some of the tips above can help cut down on the potential dangers.

Helpful Tips For Feeding Your Baby

Whether you are first time parents or you have had other children before, feeding a baby can be challenging. However, it is important that you ensure that your baby is well fed so that they can grow and develop well. It also provides the right opportunity for you and your baby to bond. Some of the useful tips you can use when it comes to feeding includes:

Tips for Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding:

Nutrition and Feeding Tips for small childrenDuring the first few months, it is advisable that you breastfeed your baby exclusively if possible. This is because when you have a new born baby, their immunity has not developed well, and they are very vulnerable to infections. Breastfeeding also helps boost immunity and is rich in all the nutrients your baby needs for growth. Some parents find that expressing breast milk and using the bottle to feed the baby allows both father and mother to share in the role of feeding. However, there are circumstances where the mother cannot breast feed and they have to use the baby formula. Whichever method you use, always remember:

Positioning: Hold your baby on your lap while supporting the head with one hand. Always ensure that the baby is held close to you so that they can feel safe and feed well. If you are using the bottle, tilt it so that your baby does not strain to take in food, suck in too much air. If you are breastfeeding, then you should support your breast while the baby is feeding so that it does not block their nose while they are feeding.

Burping: After feeding, your baby will need to be burped. This is because they take in air and the only way to help them expel it is by holding them against your shoulder and pat them lightly on the back. If your baby is not burped, they will become uncomfortable and fussy, so it is important to do it after they have been fed. Remember to give your baby small breaks during feeding to minimize the amount of air they take in.

Weaning:

When your baby is a little grown, maybe from four months, then you may decide to introduce solid foods into their meals. When weaning your baby, you should always consider the following

Foods to avoid: Foods such as sea food, honey, nuts and cow milk are to be avoided when you baby is still young because the baby’s digestive system has not developed well enough to process them.

Take it slow: It may be exciting to see your baby starting out on solids. However, you need to introduce the foods one at a time. This will ensure that you are able to monitor any allergic reaction they might have towards some types of food.

Smooth texture: Ensure that the solid food you are giving is either well mashed or blended. Since the baby is not used to taking in solid, they might choke if you give them large lumps. You should also give them the food in small portions, like maybe half a tea spoon for a start and allow them to get used to it. Use a plastic spoon with a smooth edges so that you do not harm the baby’s delicate gums.

Water: You may need to give your baby water once in a day, especially if the weather is too hot. Always check that the water is in the right temperature; neither too hot nor cold.

Portions:

Most parents always wonder the right portion they should give their babies, and when to know if the baby is full. Babies feeding is mostly dependent on their stages of development. A new born might not need as much feeding as a 3 month old. You will need to increase portions as they grow and learn to know your baby’s pattern. When the baby is full, they may start turning their mouths away from food or spit it out. When babies are young, especially new born babies, it is best to let them feed on demand.

Fussy Eater:

The most challenging part if feeding is when you have a fussy eater who never seems to feed as well as you want them to. At first, you may need to talk to your baby’s pediatrician to check if everything is okay. If your baby does not have a medical condition, then all you need is patience. Keep encouraging the baby to feed, but do not lose your temper when they refuse. Maintain a positive atmosphere, be cheerful. The fact is, when they get really hungry, they will eat. Meanwhile, keep introducing new foods in their diet, and at some point, you will learn what they love, and feeding will become easier.