Parenting

How to Properly Baby Proof your Home

In the months waiting for your baby’s arrival, it can be easy to forget about the importance of baby proofing your home, this results in a rush job when you realize the dangers that may be present within your house. There are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of accidents and help bring peace of mind for your babies safety. As your child gets older they are only going to get more mobile and curious so you should try and make sure everything is covered as soon as you can. Below are a few helpful hints in regards to areas of the home you should take the time to make safe in preparation for your baby’s arrival.

 

Corner Guards

The amount of hard corners within any home is very surprising, every piece of furniture, every kitchen work surface, every table, and every door features a hard corner that poses a risk for a small child. In order to combat this danger, you should go out and buy corner covers to reduce the risk of a serious accident. As your baby gets older and starts trying to crawl and walk it is likely that they are going to fall over, without baby proofing the doors and furniture in your home you are seriously increasing the risk of your baby getting injured.

 

Baby Gates

Baby gates are an essential item in the task to baby proof your home, as your baby gets more mobile you are going to want to limit them to an area of the house so that they can safely learn and explore without the risk of them getting somewhere they shouldn’t be and more importantly somewhere that they could hurt themselves. The stairs are another part of the home that will need a baby gate as your child could be seriously injured if they were to wander upstairs and fall, this is something that could easily be avoided if you go out and buy a few gates prior to your baby’s arrival. Baby gates come in a range of sizes with extra-wide-baby-gates available to fit the larger spaces in your home.

 

Plug Sockets

Covering the plug sockets is one that parents often forget when they come to baby-proof their home, I don’t know what it is about babies and plug sockets but they seem mesmerized with the concept and love to play with the switches. This is obviously a big safety risk and electronics should not be accessible by your children. In order to combat this issue, you can buy plastic plug-in covers to be used when the plugs are not in use. You should do your best to deter your children away from the plug sockets either by using covers, moving furniture, or teaching them the dangers of messing around with electricity.

 

Cleaning Products

A final item to consider when it comes to baby-proofing your home is the storage of household cleaning products and chemicals, these are obviously very dangerous and should be kept out of the reach of children. A great way to ensure your child is safe from household chemicals would be to ensure that everything related to cleaning is kept in one space of the house, that way you can keep track of where everything is and reduce the risk of an incident. Washing up products and laundry detergents should be kept in a high cupboard out of reach from little hands, you should also keep your products in their original packaging as many of them come with a childproof container so that you have another precaution in place for your baby’s safety.

How To Make Your Child Understand the Importance of Dental Health

If you have a child you will be more than aware of how annoying it can be to try and get your child to practice good dental hygiene, or any hygiene at all really.  For some reason children seem adamant to stay as gross as possible, it is really difficult to understand why they enjoy drawing on themselves or jumping in mud, but that’s just kids. Kids are weird and they do weird things, but they are also very susceptible to learning. Because of this, from a young age, you should start to teach them positive behavior when it comes to their dental hygiene, but this can be easier said than done.

 

So how do you do it? How do you make a child understand the importance of dental health?

 

Shock Factor

If they are old enough, one of the best techniques of getting your children to look after their teeth is showing them the consequences of not doing so. All it takes is a quick google search and you will be able to find millions of pictures of people with bad teeth. All you need to do is sit your child down and show them these pictures and they are bound to be scared into taking steps to improve their dental hygiene.  You want to make sure the pictures that you choose to show your child are relatively gruesome as a bit of plaque is not going to make them brush their teeth more.

 

Take them to the Dentist

If your child is continuing to practice poor hygiene techniques then the best thing you can do for them is take them to a trained professional. This doesn’t mean going to the best dentist hk has to offer to get a full dental breakdown, as a quick trip to your local dental practice will receive the same results. If you call ahead of your appointment and ask your dentist to have a chat with your child they will be more than happy to do so.  Children seem to listen to professionals more than they do parents and your dentist will be able to throw in some dental jargon that will really scare them into making more positive steps.

 

Reward systems

There are plenty of reward systems that you can put in place that will encourage your child to practice better hygiene habits. One of the most popular reward systems that parents choose to use when trying to improve their children’s dental hygiene is a sticker chart. This basically works by allowing your child to add a sticker to the chart every time they brush their teeth twice a day. Once they have filled the chart with stickers, this can be cashed in for a gift of their choice. Having this reward system in place will really encourage your child to take better care of their teeth as they will associate positive rewards with doing so.

 

 

Take them to Government-Funded Presentations

The government really cares about ensuring children have good teeth as poor dental hygiene costs the health sector millions every single year. Because of this, they have set up plenty of presentations with organizations that travel to local communities and schools to teach children the importance of brushing their teeth. They do this in a fun yet informative way that really resonates with children and so if you are desperate, you can always take your child to see one of these presentations. Usually, they will also give away dental hygiene goody bags, which will only make your child more excited to clean their teeth.