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Friday, February 26, 2010

Baby Proofing Season

It is only a matter of days before you start crawling and as I look around our home, there is a lot to be done to make it a safe zone for you. Lucky for us, you have your very own helmet to protect your head for the next few months!

I have read dozens of articles on baby proofing that include outlet covers, gates, and cabinet and toilet locks, but it's the not-so-obvious things like; blind cords, carpets without nonskid backings and loose tiles that have me worried. For all you seasoned moms out there, what else should we be considering?

Looks like I'll be crawling around on my hands and knees this weekend trying to discover other potential Lucas hazards and then we'll be calling in the professionals.

Shocking facts about child safety:
  • Each year in the Untied States, approximately 6,000 children die, and another 120,000 are seriously injured or permanently disabled due to preventable household accidents.
  • Every day, almost 39,000 children sustain injuries serious enough to require medical attention, totaling more than 14 million children each year.
  • Children are 7 times more likely to die from a preventable household accident than from all childhood illnesses combined.
  • Each year, more than 2.5 million children are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.
  • The number one cases of death among infants and toddlers are preventable household accidents.
This household will NOT be a statistic!

The best is yet to be.

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2 Comments:

Blogger mamacoreenie said...

We used outlet covers, toilet lid latches, cupboard/cabinet door latches and made sure the blind cords were out of reach. All *key* things. One day, our housekeepers did not put the latch back on the cleaning supply cupboard and five minutes after walking in the house from daycare, Mattias had found the Windex. I kid you not, I almost had a heart attack watching him with the nozzle in his mouth and finger on the spray trigger. Thank goodness I had the CDC number on the fridge and was able to get the answers I needed and he was ok.

We also used table corner pads and fire-hearth pads, made sure he couldn't get into the actual fireplace, put washcloths at the top of the doors he liked to slam and bungee corded the stand-up mirror to itself so his fingers wouldn't get pinched.

I also highly recommend using baby gates to limit his access.

SO MUCH TO DO but it's worth it. And just thing, once you get all this done, you get to do it ALL over again when he starts walking because it's an entirely different ballgame then!

xo

February 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

While I can't give you any baby proofing advice, I will just say that I look forward to seeing that kid crawl, jump, hop, leap, run, walk and everything else! : )

February 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

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