If you have a family member or a friend coming over for a moment or for a night with their baby, make sure you prepare your home and provide a safety environment with these few simple steps.
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Step 1: Choose a Room
The most important step is to first choose a suitable place for the baby to stay. Choose a place where dangerous objects are impossible to reach. The baby can either be in the same room as you and your friends, however, it is absolutely fine to leave the child in the other room, as long as you can hear him on the baby monitor and check on him once every so.
Step 2: Check the Floor
The floor is the best place for toddlers and small babies to play. Therefore, you should carefully inspect your floor for any small objects. Babies like to put everything in their mouth and they can easily choke on anything that fit their mouth. To avoid such complications, try vacuuming your floor, then double-checking for any items left. For more dense carpets, try using your hand to sense any small and hard objects hidden there. Have a quick look under all furniture. Small baby will be able to see under it no problem so to be completely sure, have a look around tight spaces.
Step 3: Remove Dangerous Objects
To make sure that the baby is completely safe in your house, place all sharp, small or long items out of his reach. Items like vases, detergents, cosmetics, plastic bags and even cables are considered extremely hazardous. Do not empty your room though, leave anything that you think is to heavy, big or soft to be considered a safe object. Babies like to explore, no matter what age so be sure to provide a safe but interesting environment.
Step 4: Block the Stairs
Make sure the baby is unable to wander on the stairs. This part of the house should be heavily blocked for the young one. You can either close the door of the room the baby is situated in (which, in this case make sure you check on him once in a while and use baby monitors) or better - use a baby gate, which is placed on top or bottom of the stairs. The baby gates are proven to be the best way to limit child movement and ensure his safety.
Step 5: Cover Outlets
Most electrical outlets are located near the floor, so covering them is an important part of making your house baby-friendly. Also, be sure to cover long wires and cords that present choking and tripping hazards. From phone wires, to string from window blinds, they all need to be secured and tidied up.
Step 6: Offer Toys
This step is optional, but it proves that you are fully dedicated to take care of the baby of your guests in your home. While your friends come over with their young ones, make sure you have some toys available for them to play with. If you plan to buy a few toys, make sure you check the proper age requirement on the tag or ask the staff for help.
Step 7: Baby Cutlery
The baby cutlery sets are made from plastic and are as important as any other baby item on the list. The plastic spoons and forks as well as bowls and cups are much safer than regular ones, so it's best that you have at least one set at home. As you may imagine, babies are required to eat a few times a day and while your friends were so eager to visit you, they may sometimes forget to pack these items into the bag. Make sure you have an available set in your kitchen.
Step 8: Turn Off Alarms
You probably heard that parents are usually woken up in the middle of the night by their babies, so you can imagine how hard it is to put a baby to sleep! Turn off your ringtone for a while and offer a peaceful environment while the baby takes his nap. You can turn your wake up alarm down and put peaceful melody for it. Also do not put your phone on table or night stand when you have vibration mode on as it can scare child.
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