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Babyproofing Your Home 101: Get Safe And Secure

Babyproofing Your Home 101: Get Safe And Secure

The gift and miracle of life. It brings out the best of us; it brings us all together and changes our lives. Having a fresh addition to the family coming to the house, you can feel the joy spreading through the family like a virus. It’s so obvious you can feel it in the air. Congratulations! We wish you many happy moments!

But here’s a problem — you haven’t had an infant in the house before. Look at all the sharp edges and pointy corners everywhere, slippery hard floors, chemicals, electricity, pets. There are a ton of things that might hurt your baby.

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    Getting a baby crib and some basic baby equipment isn’t enough. Oh no, you need to take care of the entire house. By that, we mean you need to make sure your child is protected from the environment. There is no way to create a perfectly baby-proof environment, and even if you manage to do it, you can’t keep your infant inside all the time. You can’t avoid all the risks and possible accidents, so there is no point in worrying yourself to sleep every night. Parenting is a big task, if not the biggest one in life; it brings both joy and restless nights to people around the world.

    Today we’re tackling the topic of babyproofing the house for the arrival of your newborn. We’ve divided the process of babyproofing your home into sections. For the best results, you should approach the situation like this.

    Babyproofing the nursery

    The nursery comes first. You need to take care of several things when it comes to child safety in this room.

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    Getting a crib is just the start of the job. The location must be away from any possible source of hazard like windows, heaters, etc. The crib slats can’t have too much space between them — 2.3 inch or 6 centimetres is the maximum. As your kid grows up (you won’t believe how fast they grow), you’ll have to move the crib mattress to its lowest position. The reason for this is obvious — as soon as they realize, your baby will try to get out to explore the room.

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      Electrical cords need to be hidden because of the baby’s chewing habits. Electrical outlets in your entire house need to have safety covers, which are a must. Speaking of chewing, it’s good to move anything that baby might find interesting out of reach.

      A toddler can get hurt when they start walking around the cabinets curiously. The solution to this problem is to purchase childproof safety latches. You can find a variety of those here, and you can use them for every part of the house, not only for the nursery.

      The drawers can be the young one’s favorite entertainment as soon as they start exploring their surroundings, so make sure to keep them closed. The natural curiosity to see what’s inside will cause your baby to open the drawers all the time, so protect them with magnetic locks, a tension rod, or DIY version of it — a broomstick.

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        When it comes to the nursery, you need to think about the rugs and the floors in general. Make sure your rugs have non-skid backing. You need to check and repair your floors before the baby comes to avoid tripping. Consider soft floor matting for the entire nursery (or all areas where the infant will spend time) to prevent your baby from getting hurt.

        We all know that baby toys are cute, and they do look harmless, but in fact, a lot of stuffed toys in the baby crib can suffocate them. Make sure that the toys are on the shelves until the baby is old enough to play with them.

        A good thing to consider for your nursery is an air humidifier. Babies are very sensitive and you need to make sure that humidity level in your nursery is set between 30 and 50 percent. If you’re taking care of your health as well, air humidifiers are definitely welcome; these products can change the aerial surroundings significantly. Your skin, lungs, sinuses, eyes, and brain will feel the effects of these products quickly. Air humidifiers are great for preventing respiratory illnesses and skin problems, and they can improve the quality of life significantly. They are not useful only during winter. Just keep them cleaned once a week, don’t use any aromatized or perfumed water, and enjoy the benefits.

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          Still, humidifier models suited for babies are a bit different, and if you’re using one for yourself, you should know this by now. Check out the guide to best air humidifiers for babies to see the difference. When your child gets ill for the first time, it will make the situation much easier. Baby air humidifiers can help your baby get to sleep easier and have a better sleep, which is imperative in the first period of life when it is growing rapidly.

          Kitchen

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            The kitchen is a potential danger to your newborn and should be avoided at all times. The dishwasher is the first problem because of the easy access to knives, forks, and all the sharp kitchen stuff. The rule for drawers and cabinets goes here as well. Keep them locked and away from the child’s reach.

            Small children can get seriously injured by touching a hot pan or by tripping on an open stove, so make sure your kitchen appliances are always off when the kids are in the kitchen.

            Babyproofing the bathroom

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              The first thing to have in mind is the slippery bathroom floor, and the best things to use are nonslip mats both in and out of the tub. Next, there are pointy tips to consider and toiletries which may contain toxic materials. The toilet itself is one of the most important things; a toilet baby lock keeps the curious baby away the best.

              After a while, your baby will grow enough to grab everything which seems interesting and you need to install an out-of-reach cabinet to lock away all your medicines and harmful chemicals while your baby is in the bathroom. You always have to be careful and think ahead. Preparation is key.

              Living room

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                The living room is the place where we spend most of our day, and there are many safety issues to consider if you want your baby to be safe here. Starting from the ground up, all different kinds of furniture are potential dangers to your baby, and you need to be sure you’ve secured everything correctly. By this, we mean everything from TV stands to coffee tables and window edges — you need safety foam bumpers everywhere (for some cheaper DIY options, look here).

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                  If your living room has stairs or a fireplace, that also needs to be secured with a guard door to prevent any possible dangers. Bricks, ceramic tiles, and other sharp corners might be very harmful to your baby.

                  Valuables and possibly dangerous things such as knives, guns, or exploding mechanisms must be completely hidden, preferably in a safe. If you own a weapon, it is imperative to stash it in a proper gun safe, alongside ammunition or any dangerous things that might jeopardize the safety of your infant.

                  Your kid might never be safe enough

                  But you have to let go.

                  Kids bring joy, inspiration, and happiness in our lives. But, on the other hand, they carry responsibilities, troubles, and fears. Many times we’re crippled by fear, and we overreact simply because we care so much for our beloved children. It’s smart and cautious to babyproof your house, to minimize the possible injuries and accidents.

                  Still, you have to deal with the fact that eventually, your child will hurt themself somehow. While babyproofing a house, people tend to forget themselves and go way overprotective. Preventing a baby from opening a drawer with chemicals inside is a smart idea, but remember to have a dose of sanity while you’re doing it.

                  We wish you happy (and safe) times!

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                  Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                  Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                  Why is this so critically important to you?

                  The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                  Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                  1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                  Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                  When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                  • The man facing the judge.
                  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                  These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                  Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                  Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                  2. Accept Your Fear

                  Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                  We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                  And here’s what can be done.

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                  3. Get Some Perspective

                  I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                  And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                  That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                  We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                  So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                  • Are you really at risk?
                  • Will this kill you?
                  • Which leads us on to..
                  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                  4. Hold a Hand

                  As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                  Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                  We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                  Ask yourself:

                  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                  • Could that really happen?
                  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                  By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                  5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                  This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                  Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                  The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                  It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                  For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                  Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                  6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                  I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                  Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                  Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                  Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                  Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                  Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                  7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                  Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                  I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                  It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                  One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                  Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                  It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                  8. Assume the Worse

                  If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                  Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                  And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                  When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                  Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                  9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                  If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                  Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                  Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                  10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                  One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                  11. Go with Fear

                  When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                  I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                  Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                  One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                  However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                  We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                  12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                  And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                  The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                  What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                  13. Own Your Fear

                  Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                  We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                  You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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