Preparing for an addition to the family is a busy — but also incredibly exciting — time. You’ve got doctor appointments, showers, classes and more on your plate.
And, on top of it all, you’re supposed to get the house ready for a new baby before it’s even here?
Relax. Baby-proofing your home doesn’t need to be stressful. Most of the tasks, in fact, are quite easy, and these tips will help you get started.
General Baby-Proofing Tips
Whether you’re expecting a baby or you already have kids, you should do the following, according to KidsHealth.org:
Around the House
First of all, get a head start — tidy up wherever possible during those last few weeks of pregnancy, says organization expert Andrea Shirey, owner of Sigh of Relief Organizing in the Seattle area. “One of the good things about babies is that they don’t do much in the beginning, so you can ease into baby-proofing your home,” she says. “But you don’t want to be tripping over piles of laundry on the way to feeding your little peanut at 3 a.m.”
Here are some other tips from such experts as the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
In the Nursery
Cribs made after 1974 must meet strict safety standards, according to the NSC. But, there are still things to watch for, regardless of when your crib was made, including:
Baby-proofing your home does more than simply keep your child safe — the peace of mind it provides will allow you to enjoy this special time with your little one. After all, it won’t be long until your baby becomes more mobile, and you’ll need to consider things such as cabinet locks, outlet covers and safety gates.
And, before you know it, you’ll be handing over the car keys and wondering where the years went.
Call your independent insurance agent about a month before your due date to discuss whether you need to update your car insurance, home insurance or renters insurance to account for this exciting new phase of life.
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