Parenthood comes with lots of different responsibilities. The most important out of all of them is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child at all times. It does not matter what age he/she is. We all take steps to protect our kids from unwanted elements and dangers that are present outside the homes.
But we also need to pay attention to things within the confines of our homes that can also be dangerous for them. There are many more dangers at home than in the outside world. Children are not aware enough of what even a small and otherwise harmless looking thing like a packet of jellybeans can do to them (it can make them choke).
Before your baby arrives home after birth, make sure your home and surroundings are childproof and safe. The first place to start doing this is the bathroom. This is perhaps the most dangerous place for a baby. Let us now go through different methods and ways that will help keep your child safe in the bathroom.
How To Babyproof A Bathroom
Cover Up Electrical Sockets
All electrical sockets in the bathroom should be replaced with childproof sockets (they come attached with slip covers) or covered with duct tape. This is to prevent the child from putting his/her finger into the plug point and accidently getting an electrical shock. Also do not keep any gadgets like electric razors and hair dryers plugged in. Put them away neatly as soon as you have finished using them. A hair dryer can easily fall into the bathtub while the baby is being bathed in it and cause electrocution.
Always spread an anti-slip mat inside the bathtub to prevent the baby from slipping and hurting himself/herself. Spread another one outside the tub as well so that you have a steady grip while bathing the baby and do not fall yourself.
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Keep All Toxic Substances Away
It is very important to keep all toxic substances out of reach of children. Keep all medicines, cosmetics, mouthwash, toothpastes, cleaning liquids and bathroom bleach in a high cabinet that can be locked.
Do not keep sharp bathroom equipment like scissors, tweezers, nail files and cutters out in the open. They should be kept on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard at all times.
Cover The Commode
The toilet seat should always be lowered to cover the pot. The baby can very easily fall into it and drown. There are special toilet-locking loops available in the market. These make it difficult for a child to open the lid.
No Open Water Storage
So not keep any buckets and tubs filled with water at any time. Even if you have to do this in case of water shortage, please make sure all of them are covered with tight lids that cannot be opened.
Sharp Edges And Surfaces
Cover up any sharp edges with plastic corner covers to avoid injuries during falls. Also place a plastic or foam tap guard on the bath tap. A baby can hit his/her head against it. Finally, never leave your child unattended in the bathroom. It does not take more than a few seconds of your absence for a mishap to take place.
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