Keeping baby and toddler safe at home can sometimes produce high anxiety. We try to watch our kids every moment and be there to catch them for every tumble.
Unfortunately we cannot be there 100% of the time. It’s very important that we prevent injuries to our little ones as best as possible. One way is to identify and know hidden hazards around the home.
#1 Hidden Hazards in the Crib
Many parents are unaware of the risks that a traditional crib mattress poses. Fiber-fill crib mattresses trap carbon dioxide. If baby rolls over and breathes face down, or even has an arm or hand up near their face, there is a high risk of trapping and rebreathing carbon dioxide.
Rebreathing carbon dioxide leads to hypoxia, a form of suffocation. In many instances, rebreathing deaths are coded as SIDS.
One way of keeping your baby and toddler safe from this hidden danger while sleeping, is to use a Breathe-Through Crib Mattress. The SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is the only crib mattress where babies can breathe normally even if face down all night.
There’s no crib sheet, or fiber fill to cause the hidden danger of carbon dioxide rebreathing. Instead, the air permeable topper sits over a hollowed airspace producing constant airflow.
A baby sleeping face down can breathe normally right through the mattress without trapping carbon dioxide. BONUS: it’s made from recycled and eco-friendly products!
#2 Door Hinges
My son had a play date with his friend from school, and his mom had to cancel because he had a horrific injury happen. His middle finger was in the door hinge when someone closed the door and it cut the tip of the finger right off!
It is so sad to see our little friend sitting in the hospital with his cast.
After this happened. I was determined to prevent this hidden hazard.
I found some great solutions. They have many different door shield guards that are easy to install and protect against pinched fingers available on many e-commerce sites.
#3 Small Coins & Button Batteries can be Lethal Hidden Hazards
Always keep coins and button batteries far out of reach and tucked away where babies and toddlers cannot get to. According to poison control, “swallowed batteries burn through a child’s esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death.” SOURCE
If your child begins vomiting consistently for no apparent reason, chances are they swallowed something that is lodged in the throat. Many parents mistake this reaction as a food allergy. Be sure to insist on a chest X-ray in the ER. A chest X-ray can determine if your child did swallow something.
#4 Dressers, Bookshelves & TVs
We all probably remember that big IKEA recall due to the death of six children, but it’s not just IKEA furniture that poses a risk.
By securing all dressers, shelves, and TVs to the walls so if a child tries to climb up it, you can easily prevent this hidden danger.
#4 Things in the Crib
We have come a long way educating parents on safe sleep for babies, but we still have a ways to go because we see photos of babies sleeping in cribs packed full of stuff like pillows, blankets, bumpers, toys, and stuffed animals.
NO. NO. NO. Please never have anything in the crib with your baby. These items all pose a hidden danger to your sleeping baby.
A SafeSleep® Crib Mattress, the best breathe-through crib mattress for babies, and a wearable blanket on baby is all that should be in the crib EVER.
Get in the habit of not putting anything in the crib even during awake times. The crib is for sleeping and, babies can become confused if they play in the crib with toys.
#5 Crib Rail Covers
When babies start to teethe they chew on everything including the rails of the crib. Ingesting toxic chemicals and paint is a hidden hazard for baby, but there’s a simple solution.
KidKusion invented these amazing gummi crib rail covers that stick right on. Babies can now safely chew on their rails and get relief from the unique texture, but without ingesting anything toxic.
When my little ones tarted cruising around (holding onto furniture to “walk” around) anytime he was near a corner I would dash over to protect him. Kid Kusion has these awesome furniture edge and corner cushions to protect babies and toddlers from falling on sharp furniture.
#7 Eco Cleaners
Most parents lock up their cupboards so babies cannot get into cleaning products, but cleaning with toxic chemicals still harms your children. Instead, make a swap for green cleaning products so that you and your family don’t have to be exposed to the hidden hazards in chemicals.
Favorite all time cleaners:
- Laundry: Molly’s Suds or Rockin’ Green Soap
- Stain Remover: Buncha Farmers Eco Stain Remover Stick – works like magic! Run clothes under cold water, scrub and viola! Stains come right out – even red wine, diaper blow outs, and more.
- All Purpose Cleaner: Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaner: Method Toilet Cleaner
- Dishsoap: Meyer’s Dishsoap
- All natural floor cleaners: Here’s a list of green floor cleaners on TheSpruce.com
- BONUS: Save 1500 paper towels by using Soak it Up Cloths or 3000 paper towels by using CLARDS.
Let’s protect our little ones and make sure these hazards are not hidden anymore in your home. What other safety tips do you have?