Your baby is nearly on the way, or has just arrived, and next on your list is how to keep your baby safe in the home. It may not seem so urgent at the start when your baby is a newborn and isn’t crawling around the house. But, you would be surprised at the things that can harm your baby (and yourself) – even when they are not mobile yet.
There are a lot of things that you may overlook when it comes to baby proofing your home. You may not consider small details. Sometimes it is hard to conceive that a little child could get their hands on this or that. In the case of baby proofing, you do not want your child to impress you with what they can come across.
Your home is a playground that has much for your little one to explore. But, you must consider if what’s in your home safe for your baby. They love to use all their senses without holding back. They will see everything, touch everything, smell everything, hear everything, and most of all, taste everything. Your baby is learning about the world around him, and does not understand the meaning of danger just yet.
This article will help you make your baby’s environment the safest place for exploring.
7 Lead Paint
If you have an older home, more specifically, homes that are older than 1976 are more likely to have lead in them. Lead is problematic as it causes health problems in your respiratory system and builds up in your body. Coming into contact with just a little bit of lead paint on various occasions will cause the lead to accumulate within your system.
The lead in paint is usually harmful only when the paint has chipped and the pieces have been inhaled. This becomes very problematic when old homes are being renovated. If you have an old house and are worried about the lead in your painted walls, contact a professional who can come in and check. You can go over the wall color with paint that does not have lead in it. Professionals will also provide you will other solutions.
Homes built after 1990 should have been painted with lead-free paint as paint was no longer produced with lead in North America after that time. Lead paint in your home is one of those things that can easily be overlooked when it comes to baby proofing your home.
Take every precaution to ensure that your baby is not affected by what you cannot see. Have your home inspected by a professional for chips and cracks in your wall that can cause the paint to break off and be ingested by your baby.
Clothing is one of those items that tend to be overlooked when baby proofing your place. It is quite understandable as clothing is something you just wear and not take major notice of throughout the day. There are a few items of clothing that you need to absolutely beware of when it comes to your baby. One of the most important is clothing with drawstring, especially on hoodies.
We are fortunate enough to have drawstring banned from newly produced baby’s clothing. However, not everyone buys new baby clothes for their baby.
Most women like to take the economic route and buy used clothing, or accept hand-me-downs from relatives. In other cases, they may receive homemade knitted items for their baby. When going through your baby clothes, look for all types of drawstrings and remove them completely. Drawstrings can cause strangulation and choking.
Other items, such as buttons and beading should also be either removed or closely monitored. It is better to be on the safe side and ensure that your child’s clothing does not contain anything that can fall off and be put into their mouth. You should also be wary of your own clothing. The buttons and beads on your clothing can, too, become loose and fall in areas around your home.
No matter how small the button or bead may seem, if your baby is crawling, your baby will find it and put it in its mouth. Make it a habit to analyze your clothing before wearing it, so that you can spot loose buttons and lose beading.
5 Toxic Sprays
Toxic sprays do not always appear as toxic these days as their scent is masked by a more pleasing odor. Babies are sensitive in their hearing, vision, touch, taste, and smell. Fumes that pollute your home should be labelled as non-toxic, or be sprayed in a closed off room with ventilation. There are a few common sprays that you should be careful about using.
Bug sprays and other insect repellents that are sprayed on the ground or in the air are not conducive to your child’s health, or your own. If you are having issues with the infestation of ants and other insects, seek a professional who is able to recommend a safe alternative. There are also many websites out there that contain DIY bug sprays for the home.
Other sprays that you may not consider as having harmful effects towards your baby’s respiratory system includes perfumes, hairsprays, nail polishes, and nail polish remover. These particular sprays and scents should not be used within the vicinity of your baby, or in a room where your baby usually resides.
Alcohol that is found within those sprays are inhaled by your baby and can irritate their lungs and their eyes. For items such as these, you should make sure to spray them in a washroom, or a closed off ventilated room.
Home sprays like febreeze are generally very strong in scents and perfumes. Although they get rid of odors and make your house smell fresh, consider other options that are safer for you and your baby. For example, you may light incense candles in high, hard to reach places. They are safer to use because they use essential oils that are naturally found in nature.
4 Lead In Toys
It is a well-known fact that lead is not good for us. The ingestion of it over time will lead to health issues. Infants are still developing their immune system and are very susceptible to the harmful effects of lead poisoning. Terrifyingly, lead can be present on other items besides the paint on your walls.
Lead poisoning can also come from toys and children’s jewelry. Although lead is banned from paint that is being produced today, toys are still being made with lead in them. Many companies have recalled their products when the research came out that lead in toys are making children sick, and in some extreme cases have caused death.
As we already know, babies have a tendency to put things in their mouths. Toys are definitely one of those things that babies will get to know through feeling and tasting it with their mouths. Although many toy companies are eliminating lead in their toys, there are still manufacturers out there that have not. Many toys that are produced overseas still have lead in them. But, that is not to say that all toys produced in North America are lead free.
If you are highly worried about the toys you are buying for your babies, you can take a few measures to gain some peace of mind. You can do extensive research on the companies and the toys and check to see if there are recalls on the toys. If you already have toys that you are suspicious of, you can go out and get a lead tester.
3 Crib Mattresses
One of the major things your baby comes into contact with, especially as a newborn, is their bed. Babies will sleep, eat, cry, and sleep some more. You want to ensure that you have the safest crib and mattress for them. When you are looking for a crib and a mattress, you want to ensure that you find the right fit.
Sometimes crib mattresses and cribs will be bought completely separate. When this occurs, you will often find that the mattress does not fit perfectly in the crib. There may be gaps along the sides of the crib. This is very dangerous as the baby can roll into the sides and harm themselves, or worse yet, suffocate.
The use of baby bumpers is not recommended as it can still dislodge from the gaps. Find one that is recommended for the crib, or comes with the crib. What you also need to look out for is the type of mattress. The kind of mattress you may choose to get can affect your baby’s health.
When baby proofing your home, you probably would not guess that your baby’s mattress can be toxic. A study has come out showing that mattresses are made from polyurethane and polyester foam release volatile compounds.
The study has been done on old and new mattresses which ended up with the same results. Both are toxic. These toxic chemicals are released the most with body heat, which is where your child is breathing. The solution to this is to find mattresses that are made of organic materials, such as organic cotton.
Mold is usually visible, and sometimes it is not. But, the effects are still the same. Mold can cause trouble breathing, sneezing, sore eyes, and irritated nasals. Babies will display these symptoms more easily if there is mold in the house.
There are a few things you can do to check for mold in the house. You can check for a moldy smell. Mold tends to smell like wet towels or rotting to some degree. The look of mold will be easier to detect as it often looks like soot or dirt on your walls or ceiling.
If you suspect that there is mold in your house, do not ignore it as it can lead to long term health problems. You should call upon a mold inspector who can officially determine if there is mold in your home. If you absolutely know for sure that there is mold in your home, you can get someone to come in to remove the mold, or remove it yourself.
1 Table And Chair Edges
Making sure to cover sharp edges around the house tend to be on the baby proofing list. However, accidents due to sharp table edges and chair edges are one of the main reasons for infant injuries. These injuries can easily be avoided with a few simple steps.
Analyzing your furniture, especially those that are at infant height. Examine the edges of tables, coffee tables, arm chairs, chairs, stools, and shelves. The mistake lies in only looking at the corners of your furniture.
All hard edges, especially furniture made of glass, can cause concussions, cuts, and bruises. There are a few small DIY projects you can work to protect your baby of sharp edges. If you prefer to purchase, there are many affordable options on the market as well.