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Baby Safety 101

Bringing your precious newborn home from the hospital is an exhilarating feeling like no other. Anticipation and joy are likely brimming as you pull into the driveway, cradling your sweet new addition. However, many first-time parents also can't shake a creeping sense of anxiety - is our home truly prepared and safe enough for this brand new life in our care?

When you gaze around at seemingly innocuous spaces like the nursery, living areas, even your own bedroom through an urgent parental lens, previously undetected hazards and pitfalls may jump out at every corner. That blazing new drive to safeguard your baby can make any potential risk feel magnified tenfold.

However, designing your living spaces with intentional baby proofing is very manageable through some straightforward planning and preparation. Taking some key steps to create a secure environment for your newborn provides invaluable peace of mind to enjoy those treasured early days and nights at home.

The Sleep Space

Most experts agree that your baby's sleep area is the #1 priority space to lock down for safe sleeping practices. Since infants spend the majority of their day snoozing, this nursery or corner of your bedroom must be an impenetrable area free of any suffocation or entrapment hazards.

First and foremost, use only a firm, tight-fitting mattress inside a CPSC-certified crib or bassinet. Avoid any plush bedding accessories like blankets, pillows or crib bumpers spaced between the two tight sheet layers. Next, take precautions against your baby sliding between the mattress and sides by firmly securing the mattress and crib hardware properly.

Ensure that any mobiles, artwork, or décor hanging over the crib are mounted and secured far away out of reach. Keep all stuffed animals, loose toys, devices with dangling cords and window blind cords neatly stored out of the sleeping space when not in use.

Beyond the crib itself, carefully assess the overall room as well. Secure any heavy furniture like dressers and bookcases directly to the wall, or move unstable pieces elsewhere if possible. Clean any exposed nails, hooks, sharp edges or other protrusions that could snag or cut. Cover any electrical outlets with tampering preventing inserts. Install locks on any adjoining closets or cabinets to prevent access to unsecured items within reach.

Feed and Clean Space

Your feeding and baby bathing areas require similar childproofing precautions as the sleeping quarters. Never leave your little one unattended while eating, and clear the space of any toys, books or small objects they could choke on or ingest. Discard any bibs, clothing, or burp cloths with loose strings or ribbons that could wrap around fingers or toes.


During bath time, never step away even for a moment. Use a non-slip surface in the tub along with a secure bather designed to keep them stable and upright. Test water temperatures before bathing, and never overfill basins or tubs.


After cleaning, outfit changing tables and countertops with safety straps, padding and secure sides to prevent dangerous falls. Use baby-proofing lid locks on cabinets containing any potential hazardous cleaners or toiletries. Be mindful of looped blind cords in these spaces as well that could become strangulation risks.

Living Areas

For the main living hubs of your home, prioritize eliminating fall risks, secured furniture, and clearing access to unstable any decor, lamps, plants, or shelving units. Coffee table edges should be padded, and you'll want to anchor heavy TVs and install safety gates at all stairways.


Outlet covers are a must here also, along with cordless blinds (or retrofit cord wind-ups) secured to prevent dangling loops. Make sure any gas or wood-burning fireplaces have immovable safety screens in-tact and cannot be inadvertently turned on.


See each room through your baby's wide-eyed, curious perspective - what small household items like coins, batteries, plastic baggies, cleaners or medications might prove tempting yet potentially deadly choking or toxicity hazards? Clear everything down to countertops and shelves, install cabinet safety locks and trash any risky little objects.

Kitchen and Bathroom

In the kitchen, the main newborn dangers will be hot surfaces and any standing water. Install safety gates or playpens to block off dishwashers, ovens, and trash receptacles. Use anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads to prevent burns. Keep knives, breakable items and heavy cookware secured.


For bathroom spaces, prioritize non-slip grip safety on floors. Install toilet lid locks and use tension gates to block access, even when supervised. Move hair dryers, curling irons and other heated devices fully out of reach and opt for cool-mist humidifiers only. Keep all medicines, vitamins, cleaning supplies and hygiene products in locked cabinets far out of baby's reach or sight.

Outdoor Areas

If you'll be spending time outdoors, never leave the baby unattended around any body of water - even small kiddie pools. Pools should have perimeter fencing with self-closing/latching gates. Survey any old wooden swing sets, decks or playgrounds for splintered boards, protruding hardware or other potential fall dangers.


For walks in the neighborhood, use sun protection with hats, skin coverings and stroller visors. Never rely on infant seats or carriers perched on top of surfaces like counters or grocery carts. Keep a close eye out for any choking hazards like plant matter or trash when playing on the ground.


In the car, invest in a rear-facing car seat properly installed by a certified technician. Register it with the manufacturer in case of recalls. Discard any used seat with unknown crash history or that's been expired for more than 6 years. Always do indoor safety checks before heading out as well.

Create and Practice a Safety Plan

Alongside baby proofing precautions throughout your home, take time to devise and rehearse a complete family safety action plan. Install working alarms for fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide in sleeping areas and ideally on every level of your home. Go over evacuation routes, establishing a meeting spot, and keeping emergency contacts synced.


Learn CPR and basic first aid, and keep emergency medical and poison control numbers bookmarked. Identify the nearest ER and children's hospital down the road. Discuss firearm safety and storage if any weapons are present.


You'll also want to alert neighbors, family members, and anyone who spends time in your home about all applied babyproofing actions taken. Walk them through safety steps like keeping doors locked, inspecting spaces before baby access, and never leaving them unattended even for a moment.

An Eternal Commitment

The checklist may feel daunting at first to create that coveted safe haven, but many parents find the process illuminating for remaining diligent, and sharpening your parental radar for ongoing hazards as the baby grows. Revisiting childproofing considerations regularly gives you full confidence in your baby's secure surroundings.


The commitment to maintaining protected spaces never ends. But with advanced safekeeping actions now ingrained, your whole household progresses to more mindful patterns and habits that continually prioritize vigilance. Baby's safety is now everybody's shared responsibility.


And after all, isn't that peace of mind for our children's wellbeing the most precious reward for all the hard work? Every time you come home, you'll rest assured the entire space has been transformed into a loving, nurturing environment with their best interests put first.


So survey away, mama and papa bears. Follow those instincts to create a total refuge. Because in the end, all the sweeping baby proofing efforts in the world are worth it for one singular feeling - a sense of security and bliss that permeates every room with your little one in your arms.

Reach out to us at (833) 446-0399 or write to help@withgracecarespecialists.com.

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