There is always a need for checking the house well in advance before the baby is due and with each room there seems to be things that need to get reordered or moved around. The fridge might be too small for all the formula or the fire doesn’t have any child safety equipment. Every family home is different, but what is still very common between each is the fact that there are potential hazards everywhere and that’s why sitting down to figure out what needs done will save any disasters.
Check the house for safety – This is rule number one and of the utmost importance when having a child. At the beginning this is less problematic, but in time the crawling stage begins and there is usually less time later down the line into motherhood. Kids go from not talking or walking to mobile alarms in no-time, so be prepared well in advance.
I always think the less clutter the better, because the more things to touch, grab and pull the more likely a flower pot falls from a window or a curtain gets pulled down, so make sure to childproof you home and spend time to plan what could potentially happen and then reverse engineer things to make things safe.
Sometimes small objects becoming a child’s fascination and the more times it seems we remove or take off them the more their curiosity increases. Therefore, remove all keys, pens and things that can cause choking.
Manage the cleanliness and hygiene – making a home clean for your child is very important and the more hygienic the better. There will be spills to clean up and loads of small mess made from formula or foods, so try to use microfiber clothes and less of the paper towel. This is environmentally better and better for removing dirt and bacteria.
The clutter will pile up and the older they get the more the pile grows, so if you are short on space don’t horde items, which ultimately increase the dirt and dust, which is avoidable with an occasional de-clutter. There are also studies been done stating that most accidents happen when babies are carried up and down stairs, which is likely to be associated with toys being left around the stairs.
Kids like noises that are repetitive and the dishwasher is a classic sound that seems to soothe them, so why not strap them in close by while you load and unload the dishwasher.
Get the older children helping the younger and make sure they get involved with the cleaning. They enjoy cleaning if a game is made out of it, but make sure you use a mild soapy mix instead of a strong chemical for safety.
Make sure the kitchen is prepared for the baby – Most moms and dads agree that the kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house and therefore preparing it for when things start to get hectic with the children is important. Try leave all machinery and cooking accessories left in cupboards and out the way of curious kids.
The kitchen houses the sterilization equipment and therefore needs to be kept in close quarters, but a general survey found that the equipment was left out a lot of the time and not stored away properly. This increases bacterium and is defeating the purpose of its role as a sterilizer.