Baby Steps to a Safe Nest - Homes for Little Ones

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When there is a new arrival on the way, there are a multitude of things to consider. As well as going shopping for some newborn baby clothes, it is imperative that your house is ready for the baby.

Hazards and Hinges

There are a few simple steps to start your home on the way to becoming family friendly. One of the most common accidents young children suffer is a fall, with 44% of all children’s accidents down to this type of incident. Using safety gates guards against these accidents and situating one a few steps from the bottom of a flight of stairs, as well as at the top, can help to prevent tumbles. Remove any carpets that are damaged and could cause a nasty trip, checking that balustrades do not provide any climbing opportunities in the meantime. Injuries can be lessened through placing non-slip pads beneath rugs and attaching corner and edge protection to sharp desks and tables.

Hinge protectors can be purchased to help guard a toddler from ironing boards and other, potentially dangerous, hinged devices. Windows can sometimes prove hazardous, so make sure that any unmarked patio doors have paints or stickers on them, to ensure that your child sees the glass. There are further hazards that your child could find, so conceal any wires and cords if possible and anchor any lamps that could potentially fall over if tugged.

Fires are a big risk to children, so fitting smoke detectors in every bedroom and the kitchen is a must, with regular checks essential. Make sure that any matches or lighters are kept in locked drawers and out of reach. It is now a legal requirement to own a fireguard if there are children in the house and one that can be fixed to the wall is a good idea. Finally, make sure that any babysitters know where the first aid kit is kept and that it is stocked up at all times, just in case.

Home Sweet Home

Now that your house is ready, make sure that you have everything you need before returning home from the hospital, including newborn baby clothes, nappies, feeding paraphernalia and a cot. Furthermore, ensure you buy a car seat so that the baby’s journey home from hospital is prepared for well in advance.Alongside preparing your home for the new addition to the family, it is also a good idea to prepare some meals before the birth. Make sure that your freezer is full to the brim with nutritious, home-cooked meals, while you still have the time available to show off your culinary prowess. It will save a lot of time when your days are filled with looking after your new-born baby, in your freshly modified home.

Alongside ensuring your house is safe for the new arrival, shopping for newborn baby clothes is a lot of fun and can provide some much needed relief.

Avril James is a frequent contributor for Nappy Head the well-established and fashion conscious newborn baby clothes and quality kids clothing. She has written many articles on childrens fashion and personalised baby gifts.

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Avril James is a frequent contributor for Nappy Head the well-established and fashion conscious newborn baby clothes and quality kids clothing. She has written many articles on childrens fashion and personalised baby gifts.


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