8 months old
Childproofing with a Crawler
Your baby might not be running around the house, knocking down glass vases and bumping into table corners, but you’d be surprised how much your baby can get into even with limited mobility. The fact is that even an 8-month-old baby usually has enough mobility to make you really start thinking about childproofing:
- The biggest things to look out for are small objects that your baby can put in his or her mouth. Look for things like loose change, screws, medicine bottles, batteries, pens, etc. Just assume that your baby will put everything in his or her mouth, so regularly scan for anything unsafe.
- Our Childproofing Guide recommends removing anything small enough to fit inside a toilet paper tube.
- Another big thing to look out for is plastic bags lying around. This goes for trash bags in small bathroom and bedroom garbage cans at baby-reaching level.
- The easiest way to childproof is to get on your hands and knees and crawl around your baby’s play area of choice. If you get down to your baby’s level, you can more easily see dangerous objects.
- It’s time to buy covers for all of your electrical outlets.
- If your baby has started to pull up on furniture, you might want to consider cushioning sharp corners (or replacing especially dangerous pieces of furniture) and rearranging certain pieces.
- Also make sure that large furniture like TVs, bookshelves and entertainment centers are anchored down. These kinds of accidents accounted for 14,000 child accidents last year.
- Tie up any blind or drapery cords that your baby could get his or her hands on.
- That pretty antique vase on top of the end table? You might want to rethink that. The same goes for any objects that can be easily knocked down when your baby pulls up on furniture.
- Buy drawer stops for any drawers within your baby’s reach. Don’t assume that your baby won’t figure out how to open them.
- This tip has probably been drilled into you since elementary school, but never leave poison-filled cleaning products (like bleach, antibacterial spray, room deodorizer, etc.) anywhere that your baby can reach them, such as under the sink. Instead of just buying a lock for under the sink, some experts encourage parents to be extra safe and move them to a higher cabinet. Because these products are used so often, you might get lazy with locking and unlocking.
- Keep dangerous items like razors, hair dryers, flat irons, nail polish remover, mouthwash, and rubbing alcohol in a higher cabinet, out of your baby’s reach.
- Unplug appliances when they’re not in use, and make sure that cords are out of your baby’s reach.
- Print out this map from the American Association of Poison Control Centers as a reminder of common “hot spots” for toxic substances.
- Don’t leave your purse lying around, especially if it has any dangerous materials like medicine, scissors, loose change or pepper spray.
- The same goes for your diaper bag, which might have diaper rash cream, nail clippers or infant medicine.
- Tidy up any computer or television cords that might be dangling.
- Even when you take all of the necessary precautions, understand that accidents happen. Post phone numbers for your pediatrician, poison control and the nearest hospital on your refrigerator.
- For more information, check out our extensive Childproofing Guide, which breaks it down room-by-room and gives important expert tips.