We try to watch our kids every moment and be there to catch them for every tumble, but unfortunately we cannot be there 100% of the time. It’s very important that we prevent injuries to our little ones as best as possible and one way is to identify and know hidden hazards around the home.
#1 Your Child’s Crib Mattress
Many parents are unaware of the risks that a traditional crib mattress poses. Fiber-fill crib mattresses trap carbon dioxide. If baby rolls over and breathes face down, or even has an arm or had up near their face, there is a high risk of trapping and rebreathing carbon dioxide which can lead to hypoxia, a form of suffocation or SUDC/SIDS.
The SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is the only crib mattress where babies can breathe normally even if face down all night. There’s no crib sheet, or fiber fill. Instead, the air permeable topper sits over a hollowed airspace producing constant airflow. Baby’s face down can breathe normally right through the mattress without trapping carbon dioxide. BONUS: it’s made from recycled and eco-friendly products!
#2 Door Hinges
My son had a play date with his friend from school, and his mom had to cancel because he had a horrific injury happen. His middle finger was in the door hinge when someone closed the door and it cut the tip of the finger right off!
It was so sad to see our little friend sitting in the hospital with his cast.
After this happened. I found some great solutions to prevent this from happening at our house. They have many different door shield guards that are easy to install and protect against pinched fingers available on many e-commerce sites.
#3 Small Coins & Button Batteries
Always keep coins and button batteries far out of reach and tucked away where babies and toddlers cannot get to. According to poison control, “swallowed batteries burn through a child’s esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death.” SOURCE
#4 Dressers, Bookshelves & TVs
We all probably remember that big IKEA recall due to the death of six children, but it’s not just IKEA furniture that poses a risk.
Make sure to secure all dressers, shelves, and TVs to the walls so if a child tries to climb up it won’t tip over on them.
#4 Things in the Crib
We have come a long way educating parents on safe sleep for babies, but we still have a ways to go because we see photos of babies sleeping in cribs packed full of stuff like pillows, blankets, bumpers, toys, and stuffed animals. NO. NO. NO. Please never have anything in the crib with your baby.
A SafeSleep Crib Mattress, the best breathe-through crib mattress for babies, and a swaddled baby is all that should be in the crib EVER.
Get in the habit of not putting anything in the crib even during awake times. The crib is for sleeping and, babies can become confused if they play in the crib with toys.
#5 Crib Rail Covers
When babies start to teethe they chew on everything including the rails of the crib. Ingesting toxic chemicals and paint is dangerous for baby, but there’s a simple solution.
KidKusion invented these amazing gummi crib rail covers that stick right on. Babies can now safely chew on their rails and get relief from the unique texture, but without ingesting anything toxic.
When my little one was started cruising around (holding onto furniture to “walk” around) anytime he was near a corner I would dash over to protect him. Kid Kusion has these awesome furniture edge and corner cushions to protect babies and toddlers from falling on sharp furniture.
#7 Eco Cleaners
Most parents lock up their cupboards so babies cannot get into cleaning products, but cleaning with toxic chemicals still harms your children. Instead, make a swap for green cleaning products so that you and your family don’t have to be exposed to chemicals.
Favorite all time cleaners:
- Laundry: Molly’s Suds or Rockin’ Green Soap
- Stain Remover: Buncha Farmers Eco Stain Remover Stick – works like magic! Run clothes under cold water, scrub and viola! Stains come right out – even red wine, diaper blow outs, and more.
- All Purpose Cleaner: Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaner: Method Toilet Cleaner
- Dishsoap: Meyer’s Dishsoap
- Wood Floor Cleaner: ECOS Floor Cleaner (wood, tile, and more)
- BONUS: Save 1500 paper towels by using Soak it Up Cloths or 3000 paper towels by using CLARDS.
Let’s protect our little ones and make sure these hazards are not hidden anymore in your home. What other safety tips do you have?