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.

The Soccer Mum Guide to Managing A Youth Team

There is a lot to think about when you’re a team mom. Managing your own kids can be enough work as it is, but adding other kids to the mix and dealing with other parents? It can be overwhelming. So here are some tips and tricks to be a good soccer mom manager. This is specifically for those soccer moms but a lot of this could apply no matter the sport you’re playing!


Preparing for Match Day

First things first, making sure you keep in contact with the other parents. Communication is so incredibly necessary, especially if you have so many people you have to keep track of. A good step one is creating a group chat or some sort of other social media group. Somewhere to easily schedule meetups and ensure everyone involved can stay up to date. This is also good to make sure that if any issues arise, they can get sorted as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you are keeping everyone up to date on when the games are happening and how-to the easiest way to get to the field.

Having a dedicated schedule is also key. You want everyone to know who needs to be where and when. For example, carpooling too and from games can be a nightmare to arrange without preparation. Having a rotor of all the parents who want to help out will be useful to make sure the workload of transport isn’t too much of a burden on one person’s shoulder.

Next is to make sure you’re prepared for a meet. Having a dedicated survival bag is always a good idea. Fill it with water, sunscreen, snacks, band-aids, and whatever else you think you’ll need to get through the day. It is also important to make sure that you can get access to some sort of rudimentary first aid kit. For practices and the games. Soccer is a contact-free sport but that doesn’t mean there won’t be scrapes and bumps. A change of clothes might also be useful if you have the room. No matter the weather they are going to get covered in mess on the field and having a change of clothes can save you cleaning mud off the back seats later on.

But what about when you’re at the game? Support is key. Your job is to be there. For when things go well and when they don’t. This is when the survival bag comes in handy. You’ll be prepped for any situation. But it’s also important to have some fun, catch up with the other parents. You got everyone there no problem, pat yourself on the back!


After the Game

When managing a youth team, motivation can sometimes be an issue. It might be useful to introduce little incentives to keep them going. A little prize for the MVP after each game, win or lose, the most important thing is to make sure that they are having fun, and this can help with that immensely.

Now you’re back home and you’ve got a bag of messy uniforms that need washing. A question that people ask is can you wash soccer cleats in a washing machine? The long and short is no, not at all. While you can throw everything else in there, you’re going to have to wash the soccer cleats yourself.

Make sure you head back to the group chat for a post-game day debrief. Thank everyone who was helping out, let everyone know when you’ll be next meeting (if you know), and answer any questions people might have.

One thing that a lot of people worry about is funds. That it might too pricy to do this, but it doesn’t have to be. Organizing a small fundraiser might be the way to go, there is often a surprising amount of businesses (especially local ones) who are willing to donate towards a local sports team. Splitting this job amongst all the parents to organize a small event can be a fun way to get everyone on the team together whilst also helping to keep costs down throughout the season.


Take Care of Yourself

This can be a thankless job sometimes and managing so many people can get incredibly stressful. So, make sure at the end of the day when is all said and done, you take the time to take care of yourself. And sometimes, not everyone has the time for it but it’s important, even if it’s just taking the time to take a couple of deep breaths.

I know that this can all seem quite daunting at first glance but really if you follow the simple steps you can be a high-level soccer mom in no time at all!