Just keeping your home clean when you have a baby can be difficult; add in the challenge of keeping your baby safe from the harmful chemicals used for cleaning and other household projects can make it seem nearly impossible. Alleviating the risks of the harmful chemicals cannot get all of your chores done for you, but it can alleviate some of the stress of keeping your baby as safe as possible. Follow these simple steps to help you conquer the challenge of keeping your baby safe from harmful household chemicals.
Keep Them Locked Away.
The first and most basic step in keeping curious little hands and mouths away from potentially toxic chemicals is to keep them locked away. Most baby stores and big box stores carry a variety of child-proofing devices to keep cleaners and other household chemicals locked away from babies. It is important to choose locks you feel comfortable using so that you will make a regular habit of using them.
Put Them Out of Reach.
In addition to putting child-proofing devices on anything that contains toxic substances, also choose locations that are difficult for babies and young children to reach. Top shelves and high counters are ideal as is a space within a closet that can be locked. Contain them inside eco-friendly reusable bags so they stay together and closed off. Adding the extra safeguard of a location that is hard to reach will only serve to help protect your baby.
Choose Alternative Options.
Choose safer nontoxic substances to replace harmful chemicals in your home whenever you can. A variety of effective natural and organic alternatives are available in the market today for almost every purpose. You can also easily make your own using things like vinegar, water, and essential oils.
Have an Emergency Plan.
Though you are taking every possible precaution to protect your little ones from dangerous chemicals around the home, it is still important to have an emergency plan in place. Program the number for the National Poison Control Center into your phone and seek immediate medical care if you believe your baby has been exposed to or ingested any harmful substances. If your child has been harmed by any hazardous chemicals and you need legal help, contact a reputable law firm.
Ultimately, when it comes to the health and safety of your baby you cannot be too careful. Remember that even with the best safety plans in place, adult supervision is always of the utmost importance.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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