Best Advice for Baby-Proofing Your Seattle Apartment
Baby-proofing a home is a time-honored tradition for new parents, and the process is important whether you live in a house, apartment, condo, or townhome. You may need to baby-proof your existing home, or you might need to make some changes to your future Seattle apartment.
Here are a few, simple tasks that you can consider in advance of the arrival of your newborn or before you move into your next home with your family.
Make the Rounds First Without Purchasing Anything
There are all sorts of items you can buy to increase the safety level of your home, but it’s a good idea to examine all the rooms of your apartment before you head out to the store to purchase anything. There are a variety of general hazards that you might simply not be aware of when you move into your house.
An article at parents.com reveals one surprising safety hazard:
“Dishwashers give children easy access to sharp knives and forks. Detergent can irritate your child’s skin and eyes and can burn the lining of her mouth and esophagus if swallowed.”
If your future apartment has a dishwasher, and you’re not used to washing your dishes with a dishwasher, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of pointing all of your sharp implements downward into their baskets when you load the dishwasher.
Also, it’s quite easy to leave the dishwasher unlocked where it will easily open with minimal pressure, which means it’s a danger to small, prying fingers. Get into the habit of always closing the dishwasher securely.
As your baby grows into a toddler, you may need to make another round of your home to make sure there are no areas that represent new dangers as your baby learns how to move about in his or her new world. They might not understand how to open the dishwasher at six months old, but they might learn how by the time they reach the terrible twos.
Increase the Safety for Everyone in the Home
When you baby-proof your apartment, you’ll probably look at classic danger areas like outlets and the drawstring cords to window blinds. However, there are a few other areas of the home where hazards may exist, and you’re not even aware of them.
Pregnancy advice website The Bump shares:
“Have at least one phone in your home that’s connected by landline. Cordless phones don’t work when the power is out, and cell phone batteries can run out. Place a list of emergency numbers near the landline.”
The Bump also recommends checking the smoke detector batteries, installing carbon monoxide monitors if you use gas or have an attached garage, and replenish your emergency and first-aid supplies.
Another area to consider is the paint around the apartment. If you live in a new community, you probably won’t need to worry about the paint. However, if you live in an older building, you may need to inquire about whether the structure was built before 1978 and whether the paint has any lead in it.
Live in a Beautiful Modern Apartment at Muriel’s Landing
Muriel’s Landing offers the ideal modern environment for the contemporary, urban family. Get in touch today for more information on our apartments and to take a tour of our available units.