One of the worst horrors of a parent is a baby choking. Naturally curious, babies and even toddlers will put things in their mouth, putting them at risk of choking. Just about anything presents as a choking risk to them and this is why you have to be really careful.
It’s really hard to keep an eye on a baby 24/7 to make sure that he’s not putting things in his mouth. This is why what you should do is to avoid choking risks by trying to remove these. If it can be put in a baby’s mouth, then it can be a choking hazard.
As a general rule, if something can fit inside the cardboard insert of toilet paper, it’s a potential choking risk. Follow these babyproofing tips to avoid choking risks.
Don’t Leave Pet Food Out
Your child will see your pet eating and he will try to imitate your pet and will munch on the pet food. Pet food is small so it’s a choking hazard. As soon as your pet is done eating, clean up. Remove the bowl and sweep the floor for the remaining pet food.
Childproof Packaging is Not 100% Child Proof
A determined child can and will open a bottle, even with childproof packaging. This means that your child can choke on your pills or tablets. Add that to the fact that they shouldn’t be taking the pills or tablets in the first place and you know that you should really be careful.
To be safe, just keep them out of reach of children.
Be Careful About Outlet Covers
Outlet covers help in babyproofing a home since it prevents children from poking into an electrical outlet. However, there are outlet covers that are also choking hazards and can easily be removed by a determined child. This is why it’s recommended that you use outlet covers that are screwed on.
Check Your Doorstops as Well
A lot of doorstops have these rubber caps that protect doors. These are often removable and this is why it’s considered to be a choking hazard. Replace doorstops that have removable rubber caps to avoid this risk.
Check Your Home for Choking Hazards
Get down on all fours so you can be at eye level with your child. Then, look around your home. This way, you can see what your child sees. This allows you to see what your child may want to play with, allowing you to pinpoint possible choking hazards so you can remove them.
It’s Not Just about Preventing Choking Risks
Follow the tips above to help prevent choking risks. But in babyproofing a home, you have to do so much more than removing choking hazards in your home. There are a lot of potential dangers that you have to take care of.
This is why it’s recommended that you check out this infographic by ContractorQuotes.us. It’s a checklist of 68 steps that you should do to baby proof your home.