There is usually no other room in the house that plays host to most family members more than the living room. Besides the fact that it is probably the nicest-looking part of the house, it is also the area where the standard house audio visual systems are found like the TV and gaming options. The normal design, furniture, and things found in it are magnets to your baby’s eyes. This is also a setup that is a recipe for disaster as far as the safety of your baby is concerned.
Since you and the newest addition to your family may be spending more time in the living room, you might as well set precautionary steps in ensuring your baby’s safety.
It never hurts to give the living room a facelift when a baby is around. If you were ever planning on a little renovation, you might as well do it to accommodate your baby’s safety. Your living room facelift does not even require the expertise of an interior designer or even oblige you to look at the latest living room catalogs. What you can do is to work on the essentials for the baby’s safety.
As surely as the sun rises, your baby will fall. What is not known is the number of times your baby will hit the floor. Regardless of the frequency, you certainly must work on the room’s overall cushioning. Logically, the floor is given serious thought when it comes to softening the fall. Thus, a soft and comfortable rug held in place by a non-slip rug pad is badly-needed.
The rug pad is a key aspect of this safety measure as it prevents the rug from moving around. Your softest rug will mean nothing if it causes the baby to slip while running around. What you need to do is to make sure that the rug pad matches up well with the size of the rug itself.
Softening the corners of your furniture is another very good idea. Under normal situations, your coffee table should be a perfect piece of living room furniture. With a baby that is still working on his or her balance, it poses a clear risk to his health. In this case, a cushioned ottoman is the best solution for you. It is normally very soft and contains even a holding place for his or her toys.
Also, ready-made and non-toxic corner cushions are always available for the sharp edges of your living room furniture.
If you have to buy new furniture, try to make sure that it is well-built and strong enough to withstand your baby’s repeated bumping. A wobbly furniture and all the things on top can dangerously fall on your baby. In case you already have an existing furniture, which may not hold up to the hazards of a curious baby, you can opt to use furniture anchors in it, remove it entirely, or place it somewhere behind a more stable furniture.
Living room ornaments should also be stored in the meantime, as they may cause your baby to climb the furniture holding the decoration. These ornaments are traditionally made of metal, glass, or wood, which all possess certain risks for your baby. Even if they are not in danger of falling down, they may have small parts that your baby will curiously place inside his or her mouth.
Baby Proof Your TV
The living room’s traditional centerpiece should obviously be safe for your baby as well. As surely as your baby will fall while learning how to walk, he will also be drawn to the TV. The sights and sounds coming from the TV are instant magnets that your baby will find irresistible. You would have a better chance of stopping an earthquake than your baby from toying with the TV if he or she can get his hands on it. Unless your TV is attached to the wall, the best option for you would be to lock it down with a TV anchor.
The use of a TV anchor suggests that the TV is set on a TV stand. It would do very well for you if you make your TV stand as bare and as simple as possible so as not to attract your baby’s interest. Do not put your remote control, game console, DVD, and other audio visual devices on your TV stand.
Special attention has to be given to your baby’s access to remote controls. For one, your remote control does not stand a chance in the hands of your baby. You will learn about the value of your remote control when you have to stand up to change channels.
More than the inconvenience, remote controls are exposed to thousands of dirt and germs. Nothing good will come out of it if your baby puts it in his or her mouth. Additionally, the batteries can be toxic and pose choking hazards.
These are some of the steps that can really help you make the living room safe for your baby.