Why Child-Proofing Your Home Is Important ( Momimhar posted on September 30th, 2012 )

When babies started to roll over (probably about three months old), this is the time to child-proof your home.  Because babies grow so fast, sooner of later they will start crawling.  And before you know it, they will start cruising immediately.

Child safety is very important in the home to prevent serious injuries.  Babies are naturally curious with the things around them.  They grab anything they can reach.  They do not know if it’s dangerous. Now, if your baby is rolling over to his or her tummy it is time to remove unnecessary things in the crib like stuff toys and blanket.  My little girl started rolling at three months.  We moved her from the bassinet to the full-sized crib.  She was a wiggly baby so there was nothing in the crib at bed time except herself.  She liked sleeping on her tummy too.  I think most babies do.

Then when your baby begins crawling, it is advisable to remove or relocate all the small and movable home furnishing like the small side tables or tv trays to a place where he or she cannot access immediately.  I learned my lesson when our tv tray fell over my little girl when she crawled towards it and tried to pull up.  Because the tv tray is light, it easily stumbled over her.  She got a big bruise on the forehead.  I felt very bad and was hysterical when baby cried to the max.  We have two tv trays so I took them all away.  We do not have a center table either.  My husband told me that little kids will get bruises as part of growing up, but I can’t take it.  It breaks my heart whenever I see baby cry when she bumps her head or stumbles down.

Child-proofing your home is advisable in many ways.  Covering the power outlets is another important thing.  Babies like sticking their fingers in little holes.  You think they won’t notice those outlets because their on the wall?  Uh-ah.  My baby and I were playing in the living room when she decided to crawl away from me.  I was watching to see where she’s heading.  I was amused when I saw her crawling towards the wall, looking at the power outlet, and tried sticking her index finger in there.  Hurriedly, I told her “No, no!  That’s dangerous.”  She listened and crawled back to me.

Baby crawling towards the wall where the power outlet is.

She’s curious.

As a toddler now, my daughter is into everything.  She grabs her small chair to use as stepping stool so she can see what’s on the kitchen counter or on my dresser.

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