Babyproofing the home for the holidays

The holiday season is a magical time, and having a baby to share the festivities with makes it all the more special. However, if this is your first Christmas with a baby in the home, then you are going to need to take extra preventive measures for the safety of your infant.

Holiday safety tips to safeguard youngsters:

Choosing decorations

It is still possible to have a beautifully decorated home for the holidays. You just need to be a little more selective over the chosen decorations. Christmas ornaments, dazzling lights, and shiny decorations entice and intrigue youngsters, so ensure that the items you decide to display are safe. Avoid buying glass or metallic ornaments, and opt for plastic, as these are the safer option. Christmas lights need to be inspected to ensure that all bulbs are secure, are in working order, and that there are no frayed wires. Avoid using candles, and opt for flame-less battery operated candles, as these can still produce a pretty effect without the risk or dangers associated with candles.

The Christmas tree

If you are planning on having an artificial tree, ensure that it is flame-resistant; this should be clearly stated upon the packaging. If, however, you wish to have a live tree, there are a few factors to take into consideration to ensure that it is as safe as possible. Ensure the tree is in good, fresh condition. Inspect the tree and pull on the needles, these shouldn’t come away with ease. Bounce the base of the tree on the ground, as this is a good indicator to see just how many needles will drop. Live trees need to be placed away from heat sources, and kept hydrated and moist. Ensure that the tree is stable and weighted in the stand, to prevent toppling. You can use a safety gate around the tree to avoid any accidents occurring. Remember, never to leave an infant unattended around the tree, as even if it is secure they still present a hazard.

Presents, wrapping and decorating

Ideally you want to decorate the home whilst your little one is sleeping, as this gives you the chance to get everything done safely. Ornaments will need to be placed higher than usual to prevent them from being pulled down. Christmas gifts are beautifully wrapped, and some may support ribbons and bows; these can obviously be a danger to young children. Watch over your child when you wrap gifts, and ensure that scissors and ribbons are kept out of reach. Wrapped gifts should be placed out of reach, and be vigilant when presents are opened to ensure that no small bits of wrapping paper, ribbons, or cellophane are left on the floor, as these pose a choking hazard.

Safety check

Once your home is beautifully decorated and all the ornaments are in place, go around the home to view everything from an infant’s perspective, get down to their level to look for any potential hazards. Ensure cables are safe and are out of harm’s way, as these present a danger to youngsters. Put scissors, left over wrapping paper, and any other unused items back in storage and out of reach. Ensure that there is nothing to tempt youngsters to climb, and that there are no ornaments that can be reached. Allow children to look at the decorations under supervision, as denying them the chance to look closely will make them all the more eager.

The holiday season is a wondrous time with children. Despite ensuring that your home is as safe as possible, you will need to be vigilant and alert throughout the holiday, as this is a busy time with many guests and so much going on. Always keep a watch over infants to ensure that they are kept safe. Enjoy the holiday.