New Parents: Tips for Childproofing Your Home

New Parents: Tips for Childproofing Your Home
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    If you have a baby on the way, millions of to-dos are likely running through your head.

    Deep breaths!

    Write it all out; there's probably not as much to do as your brain is making it seem.

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But one task you do need to check off your list is baby proofing. You want to make sure your child is safe, and you don’t want your home to turn into a disastrous mess.

If you’re not sure where to start, follow along with these tips for childproofing your home. New parents, we’ve laid out some house projects to get started on so that your space is ready for baby to roam!

Choose Easy-To-Clean Fabrics

Putting together your shopping list for all things baby furniture? Or maybe you’re on the market for a new couch before the baby comes?

Regardless of your reasoning, make sure you choose kid-friendly upholstery fabrics.

Even if that accent chair is nice and soft, it’ll soon become damaged and dirty if it’s not easy to clean. Before you buy, check the materials to ensure easy cleaning in the future.

And if you’re not planning on purchasing anything new, get some slipcovers in easy-to-clean materials instead!

Add Baby Gates

This is at the top of most folks’ childproofing to-do list, but it’s an essential step. If your home has any general safety hazards or areas that you can’t totally babyproof, gate them up!

This obviously isn’t something you’ll need to worry about right when you take your baby home, but buying baby gates before your child is born may be easier than waiting until your amidst the baby chaos.

Adjust Your Hot Water Heater

We can’t stress this enough: adjust your hot water heater to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You might miss your scalding-hot shower, but you’ll protect your baby in the long run.

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We’ve talked before about how important it is to recognize when your water heater needs repairs, and that’s also essential to check before you adjust it.

Check for Lead Paint (and Repaint Safely)

Lead paint isn’t something to mess with, baby or not. Take the steps to check for lead paint in your home. Babies and toddlers will have their hands everywhere, and you don’t want them to come across chipped lead paint.

Once you’ve done so, repaint the key areas in your home. Choose nursery paint that’s eco friendly and non toxic—or better yet, choose nontoxic paint for any area in the home you need to touch up. Make your space a safe and healthy one!

Double-Check for “Safe Landings”

Babies fall. Kids run and slip. Make sure they have a safe landing when they do. If you have a lot of hardwood or other hard surfaces around the home, think about adding some plush carpeting or rugs to soften their falls. This is especially important within their nursery or playroom.

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Though some of these tips for childproofing your home may knock your interior design down a peg or two, it’s worth it to create a safe home. Remember: take deep breaths, create a to-do list, and take it one day at a time!

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