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Baby Proofing the Bathroom

Some things that you can do to baby proof the bathroom include:
  • Install soft bathtub spout covers to prevent bumps while bathing.
  • Decrease the maximum water temperature of your water heater (it is usually in a closet or your garage) to prevent a burn if your baby turns on the tap.
  • Keep plastic bags and diaper-can liners out of reach at all times.
  • Make sure your bathtub drain works -- you NEVER want to leave a full tub of water, as it is a serious drowning danger.

Baby Proofing Your Baby's Room

Below are some suggestions for your baby's room:
  • Cribs should have slats no more than 2¾ inches apart and should not have any cut-out designs in the headboard or footboard.
  • Do not place diaper creams, diaper pins, etc., on a table close to the crib, as your baby may grab them during nap time. It is not fun going to retrieve your baby from nap time, to find him covered in Vaseline (it's really hard to get out!).
  • Do not place the crib or changing table next to window treatments with dangling cords, objects anchored loosely to the wall or windowsill, or "tip-able" floor lamps.

Baby Proofing the Kitchen

The kitchen can be a very dangerous place. Some suggestions include the following:
  • Store the kitchen garbage in the pantry or under the sink.
  • Store dishwashing detergents up high, where you are sure they cannot be reached by little ones.
  • Make sure cleaners, cosmetics, plants, and other poisonous substances are correctly labeled with the name and ingredients so that if your baby swallows any item you can give accurate information to a poison control center or emergency medical team.
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