There are many milestones in life worth celebrating — a job promotion, a dream home, and a new baby. When it’s time to expand your family, you also may need to increase your square footage to accommodate that bundle of joy. The exceptionally strong real estate market makes the present a great time to sell your starter home and trade up to that two-story house with its state-of-the-art kitchen, great nursery space, and larger bedrooms.
Before you begin decorating your nursery and transforming that bonus area above the garage into a playroom, however, you’ll want to keep your child’s safety top of mind. While that newborn won’t be getting into cabinets or putting things in his mouth just yet, you’ll be amazed at how quickly he becomes a curious toddler. Here’s a room-by-room list of how to babyproof your new space to ensure all members of the family can safely enjoy your new digs:
As they get older, your kids may enjoy helping you in the kitchen. Just be sure to keep little hands from grabbing a sharp knife or touching a hot pan.
- Always keep the handles of skillets and pans turned toward the stove to avoid burns.
- Install stove knob covers, an oven lock, and a stove guard.
- Keep all drawers and cabinets locked, particularly those with knives, household cleaners, and dishwasher detergent tabs.
- Place refrigerator magnets, button batteries, and other odds and ends stashed in the kitchen away from little mouths.
The Living Room and Common Spaces
- Keep cords tucked away.
- Swap out window coverings for cordless shades or blinds.
- Secure your television and any other electronics.
- Anchor dressers, bookcases, and other furnishings that could tip over to the wall with furniture straps.
- Add baby gates to prevent access to stairs or hallways.
- Babyproof sharp edges along the fireplace hearth, the coffee table edges, and stair treads with adhesive-backed foam bumpers and guards.
- Consider adding safety nets along the spindles of your stairs, your second-floor balcony, or outdoor deck.
- Make sure any plants you have aren’t toxic for children.
- Place plug covers in all electrical outlets.
- Always keep firearms locked up in a safe.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.
- Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table.
- Make sure all choking hazards remain out of reach, including jewelry, button batteries, loose change, small toys, and wireless headphones.
- Anchor dressers and side tables to the walls.
- Take inventory of your baby or toddler’s room. Will she be able to reach the outlet behind her crib? Is that piece of artwork too close to her bed? Can she pull the lamp down on herself?
- Always follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on safe sleep.
- Choose a mattress that fits snugly in a crib.
- Keep the baby’s bed clear of any blankets, toys, or bumpers.
- Use a baby monitor to keep tabs on your infant or toddler throughout the night and during naptime.
- Use door knob covers once your child is mobile, so he can’t wander the house during naptime.
- Lock up all medicines, or place them well out of reach.
- Never leave a child unattended in the tub or in the bathroom.
- Set your water heater to a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.
- Always check the temperature of the water on your wrist before placing a baby in the bathtub.
- Install a toilet safety latch and drawer and cabinet locks.
- Be mindful where you store razors, hair straighteners, and curling irons.
- Use non-slip mats in the tub, shower, and on other slick surfaces.
Purchase a faucet cover to keep your baby from bumping his head during playtime in the tub.
Garage and Outdoor Areas
- Store any lawn care chemicals or automotive supplies on a high shelf in the garage.
- If you have a pool, hot tub, or other water feature on your property, create layers of childproof security by using door sensors on all outside doors, a security fence around the water, and a pool alarm.
- Create a child-safe play area in your backyard or on a patio where you can properly supervise your child.
Expecting a baby is a life-changing milestone that comes with not only big responsibilities but lots of joy, too. Our team of experts at OVM Financial is ready to answer all your new home questions so you can create a safe, welcoming environment for your new baby and your growing family. Contact us today, or start your online application.
We can help you create a personalized mortgage plan
Our team of experts will design a mortgage plan that’s unique to your goals.