Planning on bringing a new bundle of joy home with you at some point in the near future? Then you should think about what kind of home, exactly, you will be bringing them back to. Whether it’s your first child or it’s simply been a while, we’re going to look at the home health risks you should keep in mind. From reminders on little checks and balances you should put in place to some health risks you might not be fully aware of, here are a few tips to make sure your home is safe for a new baby.
Why cleaning your home right is so important
Not to suggest that anyone of us is so slovenly that we don’t know why it’s important to be clean. However, it’s essential to go over the health risks, especially those associated with how we clean our home. For instance, it’s wise to stop using harsh chemicals such as bleach and air fresheners with a baby. These chemicals can irritate our skin, eyes, and lungs, and they can have an even more profound effect on young children. Furthermore, make sure you clean kitchen cloths and replace sponges regularly to stop them from becoming bacterial hotspots from which a wealth of sickness risks can spread.
Check the home for the risk of pests
There are a few health risks in particular that are so major, you should ensure there is no chance of them before you welcome the new member of your family. The first is to make sure you check for any signs of pests, such as unexplained dander, damage to wood in the home, and droppings. Calling pest control as soon as you see any of these signs is crucial, as pests can carry all kinds of diseases, and their droppings, dander, and nest material all tend to cause and exacerbate respiratory conditions as well as allergies, such as asthma.
What about your pets?
If you have any pets, make sure you’re aware of what health risk they might be. Your vet should be able to tell you what measures you can take to ensure they’re no danger. You may want to ensure some degree of separation between baby and pet, and this can be done by ensuring that everything the pet needs and uses, such as their toys, bed, and bowl, are kept in a distinct space that’s set aside for them. If you plan to allow the pet in your baby’s room, it’s important to get them acclimated to the changes to that room before the baby is there. It’s wise to monitor and be very careful of interactions between pets and babies, so you should do your own research depending on what type of pet you have. They can live alongside each other quite happily, you just need to do what you can to ensure that everyone is safe and cared for.
Check the safety of all baby items you have
You’re going to likely be setting up a nursery full of cribs, baby items, pillows, blankets, toys, and more. It’s important to check the safety of each item you buy for the baby. Newly bought items should be easy enough to check up on, but you should also look at any hand-me-downs that have be passed to you, especially the crib. You can look for information on recalls and safety standards for cribs, mattresses and bassinets through the consumer product safety information page. Our understanding of safety standards in products, especially for young children, is evolving all the time, after all.
Babyproofing that home
Though it might feel like a long ways away yet, you shouldn’t be surprised when all of a sudden your baby is starting to crawl and to reach out for things. It’s wise to look at what babyproofing materials you need ahead of time. For one, make sure you have covers for any outlet plugs in the rooms that your baby is likely to spend time crawling around in and make sure that any and all cords and wires are kept well out of their reach. Consider buying protective padding for sharp furniture corners and edges. Make sure you have safety latches on doors and cupboards and install safety gates where necessary, be it for the stairs or the fireplace.
So long as you take care of the most major risks, try not to stress out too much about your baby. What’s most important is that you’re both comfortable and safe, not that you’re worrying over every mote of dust.