According to the Centers for Disease Control, every hour around 900 kids are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for unintentional injuries. While you had your entire pregnancy to mentally prepare for the big changes that came with your baby’s arrival, time has inevitably sped up now that he or she is here. As you are baby-proofing your house, consider these tips to help keep your baby safe at home and prevent him or her from becoming another statistic:
Use a Video Baby Monitor
Keep an eye on your baby during the night or nap time without waking him or her. You can use the monitor to make sure that your curious little one hasn’t tried to climb out of the crib or gotten tangled in his or her blanket. There are a plethora of high-tech options for baby monitors in every price range, with some models that are even compatible with smartphones that can be operated with an app. Be careful to switch off the monitor when it is not in use. According to ABC News, baby monitors can be used by burglars to find out when you’re home to know the best time to break in.
Get Home Security
Homes that lack security systems are more likely to be burglarized, according to the Washington Post. Opt for an alarm that can be operated online or from a smartphone, like the home security systems from LifeShield.com. These can be helpful on those days when you’re rushing out the door and can’t remember if you set the alarm or not.
As an added bonus, an alarm is also helpful for keeping an eye on curious toddlers as they learn how to open doors and work the locks. Set the alarm to chime when any door is opened so your child can’t wander off without you knowing.
Secure Furniture & Televisions
SafeKids.org notes that 13,000 children are injured every year in the U.S. by furniture or television tipovers. To prevent a tall dresser from tipping over as your toddler scales the drawers as a ladder, anchor it into the wall with nylon furniture straps. Secure the straps into the wall studs for maximum efficiency. To prevent a television tipover, mount your flat screen TV to the wall or use security straps to tether it to the wall behind it.
Each of the following items should be anchored to a wall to prevent a tipover injury:
- Entertainment center
- Large computer monitors
- China cabinets
Get Rid of Blind Cords
The cords used to adjust window blinds can be a strangling hazard. Update your window treatments to cordless blinds that can be adjusted without a dangling cord. If new blinds aren’t in your budget, you can fix the blind cords on your own with a window blind winder that wraps up the cord and stores it inside a plastic casing.