0:15 - Why this is super important
0:32 - The EASIEST way to figure out what dangers our children face
0:50 - TIP #1: Electrical outlets
1:06 - TIP #2: Cabinets and drawers
1:56 - TIP #3: Glass objects
2:33 - Make it a safe and enjoyable experience for everybody
Hi folks, you are watching Saturdays With Harper and the topic up for discussion today is how to identify the risks and dangers that your baby faces at home.
Now this is a super important subject because of course as parents we always want to keep our children and our babies safe, and at home it should be a safe place but to the naked eye, or adult eye, there are a lot of certain factors in your home that may actually pose potential danger to your baby.
Now the easiest way for us to figure out what dangers our children face at home is to actually see the world as they see it. We want to get down on our hands and knees and crawl around your home. See what they're seeing in their little three feet vicinity that they're typically looking at down below.
One of the main things that we want to make sure that we cover is our electrical outlets. We want to plug all electrical outlets because that poses a potentially life threatening danger to our child if they can get a hold of any of those sockets. So definitely make sure that all of those are plugged up in your home.
Another big thing to take care of would be your cabinets and your drawers. We want to make sure that we baby proof both of these because they have the opportunity to allow your baby or subject your baby to sharp objects or also cleaning supplies, hair products, things that are not supposed to be ingested. We don't want our children ingesting these things and we certainly don't want our children playing with sharp objects. So make sure that those are baby proofed.
Now one quick thing that I would like to say in regards to baby proofing cabinets and drawers is allow some of them to be open. If you have a drawer that simply has pots and pans, let that be somewhere for your baby to explore so they don't feel discluded from the entire situation. They have boundaries, but there's also areas where they can play and they can explore and do what babies were meant to do.
Another big thing, and a lot of time people don't think about this, is glass objects. If you have a glass coffee table you may want to actually consider replacing that with wooden or something that isn't see through because to a baby, one if they fall off of something and fall through that glass that can be detrimental, two a lot of the times babies don't see glass as glass. A sliding glass door to them is just a window into another room. They don't view it as a barrier. So if you do have a sliding glass door in your home, you may want to consider maybe putting some stickers, putting something visual on that door so your baby can recognize that as a barrier.
We don't want to go completely overboard and just sort of freak out about the whole baby proofing process. You don't want to become obsessed with it because there are always things in this world that you or yourself are going to have to protect your baby from, but in your own home to ease your own mind and just make it a peaceful place for your baby, take the steps in baby proofing and recognize the dangers in your own home so you can just make it a safe and enjoyable experience for everybody.
Thanks and we'll see you next week.