It is essential that parents and caregivers make changes to their homes upon the arrival of the newborn to prevent accidental injuries.
Going room by room to baby-proof your house is the best way to go about the process. Simple steps like removal of sharp objects, lethal objects like chemicals will ensure a safe environment. You can use soft and non-toxic rubbery material to cushion the sharp edges of chair corners, tables and bed edges to protect your newborn. Plug points also pose a potential danger. Covering them with power strips will prevent electrocution. All dangling cords must be safely hidden away from the baby’s reach. This is especially relevant when your baby starts crawling.
Hazardous substances like plastics and paper bags which can suffocate the baby and small objects which the baby may gulp down should be kept away from the baby’s reach. Once your baby learns to crawl and move around on her own, small baby gates can be installed to restrict her from going to unsafe parts of the house like the garbage area or the bathroom or the head of the stairs.
In the bathroom, taps should be covered with faucet covers. This will ensure that the baby doesn’t bump his head on the faucet or gets scalded when there is hot water running from the taps.
Padded rugs or carpets in the rooms will prevent the baby from hurting herself in case of a fall. Sweep and swab the floors regularly to brush off dirt, paper clips, safety pins, etc., which may lie around, keep cosmetics and shampoos out of reach. Ditto for matchsticks and lighters. Keep all tobacco-related products and ashtrays as far away from the baby as possible.
And as an overall practice, never let your baby out of sight.