New Moms, New Babies and New Things to Think About

Posted by Bryan on 10/14/2012 to Electrical
Being a new mom is such an exciting time, but it can also be scary and even overwhelming, especially when it comes to protecting your child. Between 4 and 5 million children are accidentally injured or killed each year, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Child-proofing your home lessens the risk of that happening to your little one and should be done as soon as possible.

Water and cars present the greatest danger to young children, according to the CDC. Not only should all pools have an appropriate fence around them with a child-proof, self-latching lock, but also all hot tubs should be kept closed with approved, rigid covers whenever an adult is not present. Ponds and filled bathtubs, and even a bucket of water pose drowning dangers for young children.

Many accidents happen to our little ones, even inside our own homes. To properly babyproof your home, get down on your hands and knees to view the world as your child sees it, so that you know what’s accessible at that level. Do you see electrical outlets, cords that can be pulled on and tangled up in, and cupboards to open with dangerous items to pull out? Look for items that can poison (cleaning products, medicines, vitamins) or cause choking (small items like marbles and coins) or sharp things (knives and scissors). Be especially careful of visitors’ backpacks and purses which may contain some of these things, and place those up high where young ones can’t get into them. This evaluation should be repeated as your child grows taller and accomplishes milestones like crawling or walking.

Explore the dangers in the room from your child’s viewpoint and then explore the safety gadgets designed to decrease those dangers. For instance, approximately 2,400 children are injured from sticking items into electrical outlets each year, with 6 to 12 being fatal (National Fire Protection Association). Preventing most of those accidents is simple with easy-to-use childproof electrical outlet covers that are readily available. Use baby gates to keep your child away from staircases, away from certain pets, and out of rooms that you can’t properly babyproof.

Gadgets like baby gates, electrical outlet covers, and pool fences do wonders to keep our children safer, but remember that they are no replacement for your own eyes, ears, supervision and (most of all) love.


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