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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 September 28, 2020

                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                  Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                  One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                  When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                  So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                  Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                  This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                  Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                  When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                  Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                  One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                  Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                  An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                  When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                  Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                  Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                  We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                  By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                  Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                  While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                  I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                  You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                  Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                  When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                  Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                  Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                  Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                  One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                  Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                  Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                  This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                  While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                  Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                  Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                  This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                  For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                  Con #4: Unique Distractions

                  Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                  For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                  To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                  We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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