Baby Proofing During the Holidays

Lights, camera, action. Baby proofing is hard enough on a good day, but during the holidays in a New York City apartment, it can be totally overwhelming! Here are some tips By Rene Appelbaum, co-owner & founder of Baby Proofers Plus on how to baby proof this holiday season:

  • Never leave candles unattended. Be sure candles are not near curtains, drapes or blankets. Keep matches and lighters locked out of reach of children. You may want to consider flameless, real wax, battery operated candles. They flicker and are scented like real candles without an actual flame. Great for creating the ambiance without the worry.
  • Do not overload electrical surge protector strips, extension cords or outlets. Do not run an electrical cord under a rug. For wires that run across the floor in the middle of a room because that is the only way to reach an outlet, an on-floor cord protector cover will conceal and protect wires and cords, create a smooth, trip-free surface, while preventing a crawling baby or toddler from touching or playing with an exposed cord. Most home improvement and hardware stores carry cord management solutions which can be cut to any length and are available in a variety of colors.
  • Decorate with children in mind. Do not use decorations that are sharp or breakable, or that have small removable parts or metal hooks, or that look like food or candy where children can reach them. You should avoid edible decorations, including popcorn chains and candy canes as well as trimmings that resemble candy or food since younger children may think that all decorations are edible and they may tempt a young child to eat them. Remember the rule of thumb, if it can fit inside a cardboard toilet paper roll, it is small enough to be a potential choking hazard.
  • Keep alcohol (including baking extracts) out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended. Remind guests and visiting relatives, especially those who are not around young children all the time, to be mindful of where they place their wine glass, egg nog and champagne. Also, as tired as you might be when the last guest has left, clean up food and all beverages to prevent an early rising toddler from finding leftover food, alcohol or tobacco (if you allow people to smoke in your home). And, remember, that the homes you visit may not be childproofed and you will need to keep your eyes out for danger spots.
  • The holiday season is a time for gift giving, be sure to remember to remove all bags, ribbons, bows and plastic after a gift is opened as you don’t want these items laying around since they can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child. Also, remember to watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length that an older sibling is playing with as it could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
  • Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death — after swallowing button batteries and magnets.  Keep them away from young children and call your health care provider immediately if your child swallows one. Those small magnets found on many refrigerators that are used to showcase art projects, pictures, shopping lists, etc. are a potential danger especially if they can be pulled off by a toddler.

Baby Proofers Plus- The pioneer NYC/NJ child safety company. Keeping babies safer since 1993.

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  1. When you put together a computer system, one piece of standard equipment you’ll probably buy is a surge protector. Most designs serve one immediately obvious function — they let you plug multiple components into one power outlet. With all of the different components that make up a computer system, this is definitely a useful device.^

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