At 15 months old, my little Annabelle is quite the walker, climber, dancer, and rocking horse rider. She is always on her feet and that keeps me on mine. Being a new mom, I had no idea how mobile she would be at this age. It’s a lot of fun and it brings me so much joy to watch her discover things. She’s fast though! I can barely keep up with those little legs most days.
I try to watch her pretty closely but I’m human and I can get distracted. Things like work, cooking, and laundry still have to get done. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s of the upmost importance to have a babyproofed home. This way you can set your child free to roam around the room (within reason) and you will have peace of mind knowing that he or she is safe if you need to look away for a moment.
Through trial and error and a bit of research, I’ve uncovered a few surprising babyproofing hazards. Let’s celebrate the mobility of our children with less worry!
1. Blinds (Window Cords)
Recently, I watched a news report about a toddler who nearly strangled himself by getting intertwined in window blinds. His mother was filming her twin babies who were playing in their walkers and when she lifted up the camera to film her older son, she caught the whole thing on tape. In that moment of watching this show, I put down the remote control, grabbed some scissors, and proceeded to cut every single cord to every blind in our home. I could not believe that I had missed such a babyproofing hazard. As in my case, blinds are often overlooked. Strangulation deaths on window cords happen a lot so take precautions and shorten them.
As you can see from the photo above, our doorstops used to have little plastic white caps. Soon after Annabelle learned to crawl, I caught her with one of these caps in her mouth. This is not something that I ever wanted to see happen again so I removed all of the caps. You can purchase baby-safe doorstops but we get along just fine with our cap-less ones.
Sure, it’s wise to place your houseplants out of reach but did you know that some common varieties of houseplants can be poisonous? Check out this list of safe houseplants and purchase or toss accordingly.
Small disk batteries like the ones used in miniature toys and watches can be fatal if swallowed. AA and AAA batteries can also be hazardous if swallowed because they can get stuck in a baby’s throat. Always check battery compartments for tight, secure screws and store your batteries in a locked drawer.
5. Door Slams
It only has to happen once for you to scratch your head and wonder why you hadn’t thought of it before. When a child’s hand gets slammed by a closing door, it can be a traumatic experience for them and for you too. Purchase pinch guards to prevent pinched fingers. It’s well worth a couple of dollars per door.
Now that we’ve brushed up on our child safety skills, let’s make sure our babies get the most out of every little move as they begin to kick, roll, crawl and walk. I’m talking diapers!
Let me introduce you to the new Huggies Little Movers Diapers. They have a Moving Baby System for outstanding grip, fit, and wetness protection which absorbs on contact.
Three key features of Little Movers are the drytouch liner which absorbs on contact, the double grip strips for comfortable movement and a comfy fit, and the contoured shape for freedom of movement.
Basically, it’s the perfect diaper for a future equestrian like Annabelle. After all, rocking horse riding requires an extraordinary diaper!
Do you have a baby on the move as well? Show us!
(1) Visit Huggies Facebook page.
(2) Upload a picture of of your little cutie pie being active.
(3) Use the hashtag #SetBabyFree.
(4) Watch Huggies share these photos across their social media channels!
You can also participate on Instagram and Twitter using the #SetBabyFree hashtag. I can’t wait to see your adorable photos! Xo, Jennifer