By Steve Graham, Networx
My eight-month-old boy just became mobile. As a man who stuck a finger in a power socket as a baby, I’m pretty sensitive to the dangers of curious little fingers, toes and tongues (the “taste everything” phase is now overlapping with the “roll to everything” phase). Of course, most parents are conscientious about safe cribs, toys and other items for the baby, but may overlook dangers outside the nursery and around the rest of the house. Here are 15 important baby safety items that are either in place around my house or will be there before my little man takes his first step.
1. Electric outlet covers: All open outlets should be plugged with childproof outlet covers. Ironically, these small outlet covers can become a choking hazard if you leave them lying around when you plug in an appliance. In my parents’ defense, they covered all their outlets, except the one I found hidden behind an armoire. In went my pinkie, requiring three surgeries and leaving lifelong scars. Never underestimate a baby’s curiosity.
2. Power strip covers and cord wrap: Along the same lines, cover the row of outlets in your power strips with a simple power strip cover. You can also help keep kids from unplugging cords or choking themselves by wrapping them up in a cord shortener.
3. Toilet seat safety lock: Even if you are toilet training children, keep them out of the toilet when they aren’t using it. They could contract E. coli and other diseases if they touch the toilet. They could fall in and drown, or they could plug up your plumbing dropping their toys in the bowl. Mount a childproof safety lock to keep curious fingers from opening the lid.