Three Babyproofing Tips to Maximize Your Child’s Safety

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advice for young parentsToddlers love to explore, and the stairs are the perfect place to practice climbing, making them one of the most common destinations for babies on the go. But they can also be extremely dangerous if toddlers try to climb them on their own, making it essential for parents to buy baby gates. You may also want to invest in finger pinch guards, wall outlet covers, and other protective equipment to keep your baby safe.

While these are all items that you can purchase, you may also be able to make some decor changes and adjustments to your house to enhance your safety mission. This is crucial, as the leading cause of death in children is unintentional injuries.

Here a few pieces of advice for young parents that are childproofing the house.

  • Rounded Tables. You may want to make a few furniture switches in your living room or kitchen in order to maximize your baby’s safety. If you have a square or rectangular coffee table or dinner table, you may want to consider replacing it with a rounded one. This does not mean that you have to ditch your fancy wooden tables, but rather put them away for a couple of years while your child grows. You don’t have to buy expensive tables either, because your toddler will probably scratch it up anyway.
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  • Removing Fancy Artwork. If you value your priceless artwork, vases, and statues, as well as your toddler’s safety, you will want to put your ceramic pieces away as soon as your child becomes mobile. He or she will likely grab at anything in sight, meaning that your wall hangings, and the china sets on display, are in danger of breaking. More importantly, shards and sharp edges from these items can severely injure your child.
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  • Move Bookshelves. You are probably getting used to cleaning up after your roaming child, picking up extra toys, and putting them back in their bins. But leaving books on a bookshelf in your living room could be a terrible idea. One of the best pieces of advice for young parents is to completely remove any non-baby books from the vicinity of their child. Until they hit three years old, most children continue to put things in their mouth, including books. So, you can say goodbye to your favorite novels, and hello to ink in your child’s mouth, and possibly even paper cuts.


With the help of commercial child safety products, this advice for young parents, and a few alterations around your house, you will be providing your child with a secure environment.

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A Babyproofing Checklist for the Dangers You Might Not Have Thought About

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Babyproofing your homeIf you have a toddler, or even a baby who’s not quite yet walking, but has learned to crawl and to pull herself up on furniture and “cruise” around the room, it’s likely that you spend a fair amount of time each day removing items from her reach, her grasp, or even her mouth. Young children are naturally curious, and they test the world around them by touching and tasting everything they can. This means that parents of little explorers need to babyproof their home, Grandma’s house and anyplace else the child might spend time.


Babyproofing your home is about more than just pushing plastic covers over electrical outlets and hiding the sharp knives. It’s an attitude you need to take while approaching each part of the home that your child has access to. Are you ready to make your rooms baby friendly? Here is a convenient babyproofing checklist.


Babyproofing Your Home: The Heavy Things
One of the most terrifying sounds you can hear is the sound of a heavy thud followed by a child screaming or crying. It’s a risk we often have trouble “seeing” because heavy cabinets and items aren’t usually a danger to us. Things you should keep in mind:

  • Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency rooms as a result of unstable furniture. About 300 kids end up dying as a result of being crushed or otherwise injured by a large bookcase or shelving unit.
  • Although most of us identify heavy televisions and similar items as potential hazards, many children have suffocated under something as small as a 30-inch dresser.
  • Make sure any heavy items are not only properly secured, but also pose no risk if parts (like shelves) are pulled on by grabby hands.
  • Very small children should be placed in cribs or playpens during nap time in order to reduce exploration.
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Establishing a Childproofing Checklist for the Home

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childproofing checklistMost parents become excited when they learn they will be bringing a new child into the world. A good deal of time and money is spent preparing the home. Often times, safety can be overlooked, because a new baby is not immediately mobile. On average, children start to crawl at eight months. This means that the home soon turns into a dangerous place as a baby becomes curious about their surroundings.

Accidents involving children occur often, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that over nine million children are taken to the emergency room each year for accident injuries. Of children between the ages of one and four, falls and poisonings accounted for the majority of accidents. Most of the accidents that end in a hospital visits occur within the home.

This is why it is vital to prepare and implement a childproofing checklist. The best advice for parents is to make sure that all items on the following childproofing checklist are completed before an infant is brought into the home.

1. Create a barrier at the top and bottom of every stairway in the home. Use pressure mounted baby gates at the bottom of stairs. At the top of stairwells, you can install stud mounted gates that screw directly to the wall. Make sure that gates have closures that require the release of a lock to open the gate. This is ideal if the gate has a door or opening.

2. When childproofing a home, make sure to add locks and guards on windows. A child can squeeze through a window that is open only four inches wide. Locks prevent windows from being opened unintentionally, and guards block children from accessing windows that are left open. Smarter childproofing with a childproofing checklist also involves the addition of a stopper on the track of the window, to prevent it from being opened too wide.

3. Limit access to electrical sockets. Socket covers should be used for outlets that hold plugs for lamps, television sets, and other items that are always plugged in. For outlets that are rarely used, plastic plugs should be inserted. Outlet covers with sliding doors need to be installed over the socket faceplate, when outlets are sometimes utilized.

4. Mount hardware on cabinet doors to keep them secure. Magnet control latches and pressure release devices are best. Make sure that hardware is made from impact-resistant plastic. Devices that are installed with wood screws directly to cabinets are best, to make sure that hardware is a permanent fixture. Use safety hardware on kitchen, bathroom, and dining room cabinets. This helps to prevent children from reaching hazardous chemicals, medications, and sharp cooking implements.

5. Cushion or cover sharp table edges, window sills, counters, and desks. Use snap on silicone or plastic covers or consider foam adhesive tapes. Make sure that covers are rounded and tightly secured so they cannot dislodge. For tables and chairs that children use to prop themselves up, add heavy lead or tungsten weights to prevent the furniture from tipping.

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Television for Tots – What’s On

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When our first little Rhooster came along, like many parents, we swore our little one would be television free for as long as possible. After all the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no television for children two and under and no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day for children two and above. So we set the rules with our child care providers and family.

But life has this annoying habit of getting in the way of best intentions. We realized being TV-free was not exactly realistic.

But what to watch?

We set some criteria. We wanted our choices to be commercial-free, educational, and something we could stand watching again and again…and again. While we grew up with Tom and Jerry and lots of other cartoons, we felt that they weren’t the best choice for our little Rhooster. So here are some recommendations from our experiences.

Mister Rogers We like this show just the way it is. The sedate pace, gentle tones, and thoughtful topics still resonate, even if the reruns are peppered with VHS tapes and other old technology. And it’s a hit with our little ones who enjoys the songs, puppets, and special visits. Plus – there’s something really cool about our kids watching the same shows we did.  You can still catch reruns of this classic early Saturday mornings on most PBS affiliates, so set your DVR.

Caillou I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors. Caillou is whiny. Caillou is a brat. Caillou has no hair. Despite all this it’s a program we’re happy to let our little Rhoosters watch. Caillou does have his moments, but no more than any other toddler. The little guy is unfailingly polite and espouses positive life lessons including helping, sharing, practicing, and patience. His experiences make a great reference point when we’re heading into new situations. “Remember when Caillou…?” has been often asked in our house.  And for us, the lack of a strong merchandising machine behind the show is a bonus. And did we mention our little ones love the program?

The other thing we love about both shows – and frankly anything on PBS Kids – is the great educational content online that will occupy your little one for hours on end once they discover your iPad!

Stay tuned for more programming picks from our Rhoost Moms.

 

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Baby Shower Shopping

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We Rhoost Moms love baby showers. The silly games. The mini-cupcakes.  The one-upmanship of labor stories. Those sweet and adorable gifts and of course the obligatory six copies of “Goodnight Moon”.

But we like to be original. When expectant moms put together their registries, it’s easy to focus on adorable booties and nursery decor. But if you’re an experienced parent you know that in a blink of an eye those socks are in the hand-me-down basket and that little one is getting into everything.

So we give baby proofing supplies. Adorable, right? Well, while we think our Rhoost birds are downright lovable, we admit that finger guards don’t elicit the “oohs” and “aahhhs” of the other shower guests. So we get a little creative with wrapping. And we know that in six months or so, that soon-to-be-mother is going to be thanking us for our foresight.

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buybuyBABY!

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The Rhoost team is proud to announce that starting in August we will be available at more than twenty-five buybuyBABY locations! We love the store’s knowledgeable associates and diverse stock, so we consider in an honor to be one of their suppliers. And we know that providing BPA and phthalate-free, eco-friendly, and stylish baby-proofing solutions will give the great buybuyBABY customers some great alternatives to the traditional offerings.

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Toddler See, Toddler Do – Being a Safety Role Model

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As parents, we are role models. Or given toddlers, more like mimic models. This is why the Rhoost moms have now say “Fudge” or “Shoot” or “Fluster Duck” rather than the alternatives. But when it comes to child safety are we setting a good example?

Here are just a few habits we had to break to make sure we were inspiring our little Rhoosters.

Climbing: Do you climb over your safety gate? Think twice before inspiring the little ones with this trick.

Stepping Up: Need to pull down something from that top shelf? Use a step ladder rather than popping onto a handy kitchen chair. It’s safer for you and sets a better example.

Both Ways: In a quiet neighborhood it’s easy to forget the rules about crossing the street, especially if you’re hurry to get home after a long afternoon at the playground. Start setting good habits now by taking every street crossing opportunity to look both ways, cross at crosswalks, and wait for walk signals.

Manners. Manners. Manners: Are you saying please and thank you to your significant other? Practice your politeness to inspire your little one.

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