Poison-proofing your home is something that must be done before your child starts to crawl (I will be having to do this real soon!) Those little humans are faster on their knees and hands than you may think! You don’t need to go all crazy and turn your house into a padded room, but just a few tweaks in where you store things or how you lock things up will keep your babe safe and out of things he doesn’t need to play with. Because as you may know by now, everything is a toy for the baby! Check out our tips on how to poison-proof your home!
How to Poison-Proof Your Home Before Your Baby Starts Crawling
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If you haven’t jumped on the ‘no poison’ band wagon for household cleaners, then now is the time. There are so many companies now that market ‘cleaner’ cleaners but one that truly is clean is The Honest Company. Co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, their mission is to supply consumers with non-toxic household products. They are much more than just household products, so be sure to check them out at www.honest.com or on Amazon. They just launched their line of feminine products too! This easy step to poison-proof your home is also great for the environment!
This may sound silly and it isn’t necessarily ‘poisonous’ but something you might not think about once your little one starts to crawl. Keep an eye on the dog and cat foods! I am not sure why, but I used to find my very mobile daughter in the corner on the floor eating the dog food. ‘One for doggie, one for me’. I have photographic proof for later in life.
Rodent and ant bait traps
Obviously if you have them, it is because you need them, so don’t toss them, just place them in a corner your mobile baby can’t get to. Behind furniture is always a good bet. Heavy furniture, like a couch or chair, we don’t want any unnecessary injuries, crawling babies get into enough stuff! Purchase some tamper-resistant bait traps as well.
If you are unable to move all poisonous chemicals to a higher shelf, install safety latches on all cabinets (even the ones without poisons, you don’t want your crackers all over the floor when he gets into the snack cabinet). Don’t forget the drawers as well, crawling babies like to pull themselves up and pulling on drawers is fun, and the silverware makes a cool noise when it hits the floor all at once! You can pick these up anywhere really. Target and Walmart of course have them and some grocery stores might sell them in the baby section. You might be able to get a deal for a bunch on www.amazon.com but they typically are about $5 a package for 12. Don’t forget about the door knobs! They sell special knob covers to keep kids from getting into the pantry or outside.
This may sound like a no brainer, but before kids, you may have just absentmindedly twisted the bottle cap on, and placed it back on the shelf or in the cabinet. You might want to double check all those caps! Make sure they are tight enough, if you can not find a higher place to store them, and even if you install those safety latches. You will soon learn (if you haven’t already) little kids are like mini Houdinis.
If this is your first time baby proofing your home, it might be a trial and error. You may find your precious little crawler gets into things you didn’t think he could. Parenting is a bit of a learning curve! I once found my daughter sitting in the bathroom playing Lincoln Logs with my tampons! (Don’t worry, there were no poisons in that cabinet).