Are you on the verge of bringing a new baby back to your North County San Diego home? Congratulations! Welcoming a new family member can be one of the most joyful moments in your homeownership journey. You’re no doubt aware that hazards around the home should be addressed before bringing a baby into the environment. But where do you begin? Use these tips to get a head start on baby-proofing your home before your new bundle of joy arrives.
Paint the nursery
It’s so fun to decorate the nursery for a new baby! It really can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in planning for the arrival of your child. Choosing the theme, buying the furniture, and decorating can help get you mentally and emotionally ready to have a baby in your home. But be aware that it’s important to paint your nursery well before your baby is expected to arrive. Experts recommend painting at least two months before your due date so that the fumes have time to dissipate before you have a newborn sleeping in that room. You should also opt for non-toxic, no-VOC paint for the nursery.
Fix big issues
Did you just move into your North County home? Then address any major issues first. Obviously, anything that can be a hazard to anyone, let alone a baby, will need to be fixed. This could include fixing broken windows and checking for lead paint. If your North County home was constructed before 1978 it could contain lead paint. But don’t tackle this problem on your own — hire a professional contractor who specializes in lead paint removal. In addition, be sure that all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
Adjust water temperature
Does the hot water that comes out of your taps get really, really hot? That isn’t good for young children who could accidentally burn themselves when turning it on. Most hot water heaters are set somewhere between 140 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends setting your water heater to 120 degrees to prevent scalding (and to save energy). And while that lower temperature will help prevent burns, it can increase bacterial growth in your water supply. There are several safety devices and valves that can be installed in your home’s water system to help prevent young children or eldery adults from accidentally burning themselves with scalding hot water. This can help immensely should you opt to keep your hot water heater at a higher temperature.
Prevent tipping hazards
It seems like in just the blink of an eye your newborn is suddenly crawling and exploring your home. That’s why it’s important to make sure to evaluate your home for tipping hazards before bringing your baby home. Large furniture can easily be toppled by a curious toddler, which can pose a significant threat. It is recommended that any large items that can be pulled over by small fingers should be anchored to the wall — including TVs.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today!
If you’re ready to find the perfect North County San Diego home for your family, then contact the experts at Clark & Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected] today. We’d love to help you achieve your real estate dreams!