Baby proofing your home sounds like the cheapest and easiest part of being a dad. For this reason it might be the last thing on your “to do list”. Don’t be surprised when you open those baby gates mommy registered for, (when you lived in an apartment without stairs), and find out this might take up your whole weekend.
“The amount of children who go to the hospital because of preventable accidents in the home has jumped 40percent over the past 20 years.” This statistic is sure to send any proactive Dad to the hardware store in search of child proofing products imediately.
Todd on Long Island says;
“Now that my son can walk around the apartment, we are amazed at how many things he shouldn’t be touching! How does he know where the sharpest edges are? Why does he climb on the toilet to the bathroom sink and into the medicine cabinet? Why would he crawl under the coffee table and get stuck? Why are the 4 or 5 electrical wires so fascinating to such a young boy?”
For many dads the child proofing starts and stops with the insertion of plastic plugs in the electrical sockets. For a few more handy dads, pressurizing a gate at the top of the stairs is their biggest achievement. Then we have the really adventurous ones who will even purchase and at least try to install latches for drawers and cabinets. However not too many will open all of their dresser drawers at the same and add the weight of a child climbing, to check if it can tip. If they do, they will most will likely use the furniture strap included with the furniture to secure it to sheet rock.
These taller pieces need to be anchored into studs with professional grade baby proofing straps. It may make sense to call in a professional child proofer. Manhattan apartments or older homes in Westchester County and Connecticut can be very difficult to locate studs behind the walls. The extra labor charges incurred by hiring a child proofer are likely to save you money in repairs when its time to remove baby safety products
Some of this is redundant for many but is worth repeating
Baby proofing your home
Children are increasingly being injured and killed by falling furniture.
Here are tips on how to keep your babies and toddlers safe:
- Secure any potentially unstable furniture to the wall.
- Test it. Pull on each piece of furniture to test if a toddler’s weight could topple it, realizing thateven heavy objects can fall if a child pulls or climbs on open drawers.
- Don’t put objects you know a child will want on top of furniture , such as a toy or remote control. It will tempt them to climb.
- Watch coffee tables. Many are the perfect height for toddlers to hit their heads. Consider moving a table with sharp edges into storage or covering it with corner cushion.
- Hang TVs. Strap them to the wall or keep the not too heavy ones low to the ground. Babies are naturally curious about them and may cause serious injury.
- Use Velcro. Children often tear off protective padding that parents tape or glue on sharp edges. If you adhere cushioning with Velcro, you can easily put it back on.
- Choose tempered glass. This glass shatters into tiny pieces rather than large, jagged shards when broken, so a child may get more small cuts but no life threatening wounds.
- Ask for help. Ask a salesperson for guidance when buying glass-top or glass-front furniture.
- Place furniture wisely. Keep it away from windows and railings, where a climbing child might fall.
- Beware of choking hazards. Beads, rivets and wicker all can break into small pieces. Small drawer pulls can easily unscrew.
For professional installation of child proofing products; Stairway gates, Window Guards, Outlet Covers, Furniture straps, Plexi Glass and more visit All Star Baby Proofing and schedule a consultation with Tom Treanor , Advanced Certified Professional Child Proofer. Or call 516 520 4262.