Use these tips to prepare your living quarters for your newborn!
With the New Year in full swing, many are taking the step to growing their families. This means that with newborn babies on the way, life is about to change – drastically! Not only is it an incredibly busy time with doctor appointments, showers, classes and more, it’s an exciting time!
Before bringing the baby home from the hospital, take some time to prepare your home. Nobody should put a baby in a dangerous corner, so be sure to baby proof your home in good time! Fortunately, these tasks can be done months before stalk arrives!
- No strings attached: Keep long strings, cords, or ribbons away from infants and young children.
- House hunt: Look around your house for small objects that can be swallowed. Even coins, buttons, or a deflated balloon can pose a choking risk!
- Cool it down: Use anti-scald devices for faucets and showerheads, and lower your water heater settings. Bathwater for a baby should be 100 degrees Fahrenheit (always do the go-to parent trick of testing bath water with your elbow first!)
- Don’t cut corners: Install corner and edge bumpers for tables and other furniture to help prevent injuries from falls when you baby reaches walking age!
- Secure it all: Anchor heavy furniture and appliances that could fall on young children. Even a TV or small bookshelf can cause significant injuries!
- Lift greenery: Move plants off the floor. Many are poisonous, including iris and poinsettia.
- No shock: Replace all sockets with childproof sockets.
- Welcome the mice: Remove all mouse traps in case your baby reaches them.
- Hush little baby: If you haven’t already, get a baby monitor to listen for cries.
Before your little one arrives, review your insurance coverage! Call your independent insurance agent about a month before your due date to discuss whether you need to update your car insurance, homeowners insurance, or renters insurance to account for all the exciting times that are yet to come! Contact Insurance & Mortgage Services for a quality policy in Batavia, Illinois!