Are you prepared for your next baby? More often than not you aren’t as prepared as you think you are. I hear it all the time, “This is our second (or third) child and we’ve already baby proofed.”
What parents don’t usually realize until it’s too late is that each baby is different and comes with their own unique personality and quirks. It’s likely that your next child will explore different danger zones than your first.
I recall one mother being so frustrated because her first would stay exactly where she put her for quite some time where her next would have crawled out the door into the next room before she could even turn around.
Additionally, just like new products come on to the market, new safety issues can arise between the time you have your first and second. Take a few minutes to review these safety measures before you bring your next baby home from the hospital.
• It’s important to create a safe zone for your baby. Unfortunately an older sibling usually needs access in and out of this area and often times will forget to secure a gate. Be sure to install a gate that will self-latch when it swings shut.
• Keep an older sibling’s small toys away from your baby. Store them in covered containers with a photo of them on the outside so that your older child knows what is to be kept in there.
• If your children are sharing a room, position all furniture away from the window eliminating the chance of a child climbing up and falling through.
• Topple over accidents have increased by 46% over the past several years. Secure all furniture to the walls and heavy objects to the tops of the tables with heavy-duty Velcro to prevent them from toppling over.
• If there are more than four years between your children, visit the Consumer Products Safety Commission website to be sure none of your items have been recalled. Always purchase a new car seat as recent technology has made them safer.
• When getting your children in and out of the car, be sure to teach your older child to keep his hand on the car so that you know he is not running out into a parking lot as you are getting your baby out of the car.
• Be sure your older child knows how to dial 911 in case of emergencies. Now that you have more than one, review who will be in charge of getting the children out of the home in case of a fire or other emergency and establish a meeting location away from the house.
• Place alarms on all windows and doors so that you know if your older child has wandered out while you are tending to your baby.
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