Childproofing The Bedrooms
Childproofing The Bedrooms
Kimberlee Mitchell (National Child Safety Expert ) gives expert video advice on: How can I prevent my baby from injuring himself while he is inside the crib?; Where is the most effective place to put a baby monitor?; How do I childproof my windows? and more...
How can children unintentionally injure themselves in the bedroom?
Children can injure themselves in the bedroom by, number one, crawling out of the crib, and either falling and injuring themselves in the fall, or crawling out of the crib and then gaining access to the house unsupervised. They can also climb up the changing table, climb up their dresser, or other pieces of bedroom furniture. They can either fall off or have the dresser fall down on top of them, causing serious injury. They could also climb up to the bedroom window and then fall out.
What are "crib bumpers"?
A crib bumper is the padding you put in the crib that goes around its circumference to keep the baby from bumping his or her head while he or she is sleeping in the crib. It's important to take the crib bumper out once your child is sitting up because it can be used as a stepping stool to get out or fall out of the crib.
Why should I purchase a baby monitor?
Purchasing a baby monitor is a must-have for any mom because you want to know what your child is doing. If your child is crying and needs your help, then with a baby monitor you can hear if you need to go to your child immediately to help them out. If your child is in the crib playing and having a great old time and everything's safe because you've followed the safety rules and your child isn't in any type of danger, with a baby monitor you can let your baby play and enjoy free play time in the crib.
What should I look for when buying a baby monitor?
When buying a baby monitor, be sure to keep your receipt because some work like a charm and some don't. What you need is the best audio possible. And you need to make sure that the channel is set for your home, because you might be picking up the frequency from your next door neighbor's home. They also pick up cell phone frequency or landline frequency, so you need to be mindful of that. There's several different channels, so if you think it isn't working when you bring it home, just change the channel on your home landline and then on your baby monitor landline. And probably another important thing to assess is how far you can take the monitor. Does it work with one of the monitors being up in the baby room, and, say you want to be out on the front porch, does it work all the way out there? So I would think that the audio quality is extremely important, and then the range.
Where is the most effective place to put a baby monitor?
The most effective place to put a baby monitor is near the crib, but not in the crib; many parents do make that mistake. Also, when your child is sitting up and a little bit older, make sure that that baby monitor is not in their reach, because if they get hold of that, they have the electricity, they can get into the batteries, and they can suffer a burn or shock. So, anywhere that's near the baby, but not within arm's reach.
How are window blind cords or curtain tassels dangerous for children?
Window blinds and curtain tassels can pose a strangulation hazard to your children. You need to make sure window blinds and curtain cords are tied up out of reach of your children, by using something as simple as a blind cord cleat. It's a dollar and can be installed right next to your curtain, and is very quick and simple and something that you can do yourself.
How do doorstops and door holders prevent child injuries?
Little fingers get pinched in doors all the time. And we have some great products such as doorstops and door holders, which prevent injury. It's either a door mouse or something that can be installed right in the door jamb to keep the children from getting their fingers pinched, to keep them from closing the doors on their hands. But doorstops can also pose a choking hazard. And if you look around your home, you'll find that there are those spring doorstops with the little small rubber stopper on the end. That rubber stopper can be removed and can be ingested or choked on by children. So it's important to install a single piece doorstop so that the door isn't hitting the wall, but it is not posing a strangulation or choking hazard to your child.