Baby-proofing a Seattle apartment can feel like a time-consuming endeavor, but it’s an important project to accomplish before your family grows and you have a new infant in the house.
Some tasks are quite obvious – covering the electrical outlets, for example – but other tasks might not be so obvious, particularly if you’re a first-time parent.
Here are some baby-proofing tips to think about that can help you make your home safe for your new baby.
Start Baby-Proofing Before You Select a Seattle Apartment
If you or your partner is already pregnant and you’re on the hunt for a new, large apartment, you may find it beneficial to make a list of the features you want in your home that will create the safest possible environment.
In addition to a list, Apartment Therapy recommends having conversations with your prospective landlords to see what type of changes you can make without getting into trouble with your lease.
“If you can, start at the very beginning. When looking at a property, speak to the landlord about any safety concerns you have about the space. Does the landlord seem flexible with regard to screwing items into walls (like anchoring a bookshelf, for example)? This will help you gauge whether or not you can form a working relationship with this person.”
During the time you spend touring prospective apartments in Seattle, you can consider the following:
- Is the apartment community a smoke-free property?
- Is the building pre-1978 and likely to have lead-based paint?
- Are there any areas like ledges that might prove dangerous?
Your apartment needs will probably change dramatically when you start looking for an apartment that will accommodate an infant, and it’s helpful to take a physical, written list into the apartment to compare your needs to what the apartment provides.
Don’t Wait Until She Starts Crawling
Newborns can’t crawl, and it takes several months for babies to learn how, but that doesn’t mean you should put off getting baby gates and making other changes to the home. A post from apartments.com shares:
“When the baby has learned to scoot or crawl is not the time to wish you had a baby gate. Get a few ASAP, so when the time comes, you’ll be ready! Be sure to cut off all access to stairways, the kitchen, laundry/utility room, and bathrooms, as these places can pose danger to your infant. There are many baby gates to consider, be sure to check recall sites and reviews prior to purchasing.”
You may find it helpful to install gates before your baby can crawl and walk, to make sure she’s used to the environment and the gates from the get-go.
You may also want to secure the cabinets and cover the outlets in advance of when the baby will learn to crawl and begin exploring on her own. Don’t wait until after the danger is present. Get yourself used to using cabinet locks before you actually need them.
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