Getting ready for a new baby can be an exciting time — choosing everything from names to nursery colors — is part of the fun.
But all new parents need to consider something that could be the difference between life and death for the newest occupant to their home — safety.
“It’s so important to really think about your home from top-to-bottom,” says Salt Lake City-area blogger Jordan Page who has a loyal following of more than 700,000 on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, and through her website. Considered the “queen of frugal,” Page, a wife and mom to six children, is also sought after for her tips on parenting.
Page unpins safety tips on how to introduce a baby to their first home:
DECORATING BABY’S ROOM
“When decorating the baby’s room, just make sure that you put up your wallpaper or that you paint the room at least four-to-eight weeks before baby comes home,” says Page who uses liquid starch and fabric for her own do-it-yourself wallpaper solution. “That way it has plenty of time to air out to dry.”
Another important tip: be careful about the window coverings you install.
“One thing that is potentially so hazardous for babies are those cords and strings on blinds and curtains,” explains Page. “Try to go for electric shades or shutters that have no strings at all.”
STAYING OUT OF TOO HOT WATER
Bathtub water temperature can be the difference between a baby laughing or needing a trip to the emergency room.
“One of the things that I recommend doing is having a professional come and help you regulate the temperature on your actual water heater,” says Page who gave birth to she and husband Bubba’s first child in 2010.
Page highly recommends having a guard on the hot water heater set to a maximum of 120 degrees to prevent potential scorching of a baby’s skin.
LEAF THAT PLANT ALONE
Plants can provide a inviting environment but some may be dangerous to your baby.
“Check all your plants inside and outside the home to make sure they are not toxic,” says Page. “I personally love to go for the fake plants because they look amazing without any of the potential poison.”
CLEAN AND CLEAR
Toxic cleaning sprays need to be “locked away in a safe place,” says Page. “Get yourself a disinfecting microfiber cloth.” Add water, and it cleans without leaving a trace of chemicals, she says. Page also suggests childproof magnetic locks on cabinets.
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