Baby proofing Tips for Disabled Parents
Welcoming a new baby always comes with a big challenge: baby proofing your home. For disabled parents, it may require a bit more work. In addition to creating a safe haven, you want to make sure that you can easily access your baby and keep yourself protected.
Baby proofing 101: Safety First
First, it’s important to modify your home before your little bundle of joy arrives. Here are some safety items you want to make sure you have:
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 8,000 children per day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by falls. To prevent this, install window guards, guardrails and baby gates as needed if you can get around them. Non-slip rugs and mats will better protect both you and your child from falling. Finally, you can get edge covers for the corners of your tables, if they have sharp or stone cut edges.
Baths and showers can prove dangerous to both parent and child. In addition to purchasing a quality baby tub, be sure to install grab bars in your bath or shower to help you bathe your baby. Have a handy towel rack nearby for easy access. Additionally, you may want to install a toilet lock so as not to snag little fingers.
The CDC states that 300 children per day visit the ER for treatment for poison. Chemicals and medications tempt little ones. Keep them out of reach in an area your child can’t access or in a lockbox. Additionally, you should keep the number to poison control and your pediatrician programmed into your phone to quickly call in an emergency.
There may be small items your child can choke on that you wouldn’t normally think of. Check your home in unusual places such as under the couch. You might want to put a lock on a junk or utensil drawer that contains hazardous items like button batteries. Curtain blinds pulls and ties are also unsafe for children.
Finally, look around for items that will be treacherous to your child: loose wires, broken windows, loose flooring on decks, etc. and repair them. Be sure to buy covers for your outlets as well.
Learn more ideas for childproofing around the house from Babycenter.com.
Affordable Updates For Safety and Convenience
You may need additional help with certain child care skills and activities. Make your life easier with these suggestions:
If you are visually impaired, label bins, storage and your child’s food containers with textured tape or Braille labels. This makes clean up, storage and food preparation easier. Be sure to date the food, so it doesn’t go bad!
Navigate your home
Clear the pathways in your home of tripping hazards now and use storage systems or plastic bins for baby items and toys to better manage them in the future. Using a baby sling is a good way to guarantee that you and your baby are as mobile as possible.
Adaptable baby gear
You can buy gear that is accessible and adaptable to provide access and convenience as you travel, such as a car seat that swivels. You can also buy a high chair that adjusts to numerous position and heights or a baby sleeper that attaches to your bed. Find specialized adaptive parenting equipment for sale at com’s marketplace.
While baby proofing your home might sound like a production, research shows that planning in advance can help. Start with your baby’s safety requirements and then move forward to figure out what you need to accommodate your own needs to get to your baby quickly and safely.
This post was written by Ashley Taylor of DisabledParents.org.
Ashley and her husband both have disabilities but had always wanted children. They knew that because of their disabilities becoming parents and parenthood, in general would required extra planning and preparation. Ashley and her husband began immediately modifying their home in ways that it would be safer in all ways for children and along their own journey they have picked up some very valuable resources for people with disabilities who are planning families. They are a wonderful resource for other families where the parents themselves face the challenges that come not only with parenting children but with being a parent who has a disability. Follow Ashley and her husband on their amazing journey through parenting and if you have any questions, Ashley can be contacted directly through her website.