Everything is great when your baby is a newborn: he eats, sleeps and fills his nappy like clockwork. That is the extent of his day. You don't have to worry about putting small objects away, locking cabinets and putting up baby gates around the house. Well, not until your kid becomes mobile, that is.
Sometime around 8 months (later if you are lucky or earlier for you unlucky mums), everything will change. Your once immobile angel will begin crawling, or if he is like my baby, dragging himself around by only using his arms (think army crawl). At this time, it is usually a mad dash to baby proof the house from covering electrical sockets to removing breakable items from tables.
Babies are like little trash cans; they can, and will, pick up everything they can grasp, and put it directly into their mouth. Why, you ask? Well, there are a couple of reasons. One, this is how they explore things. Just how you use your fingers to feel something, your kid will use their mouth to explore something. Two, they are probably teething, and chewing on something relieves some of the pressure on their gums.
Because of this, it is doubly important that you make sure that there is nothing within your baby's reach that they can choke on or hurt their mouths by chewing. Don't just look at the obvious places like the living room, kitchen and kid's room; you need to baby proof your personal belongings, too.
Babies love exploring new things – especially shiny things that catch their eyes. This means you must make all of your jewellery safe so child cannot get hurt. Any small or sharp pieces should be stored and kept far from your babies reach. However, even the jewellery you are wearing can pose a risk for your curious baby.
Your necklace can be twisted by baby which can pinch their fingers; a pendant can cut their mouth if chewed on; and it could even break in your baby's mouth causing them to choke. You may think the solution is foregoing necklaces altogether but I have a better solution: wear a teething necklace instead.
To make jewellery safe, it is composed of chemical free silicone stones that are completely safe for child to chew on. In fact, they are designed to be a teething necklace and can provide relief to your baby's gums. No more worrying about your baby hurting their fingers or mouth by playing with your necklace and no more wondering what happened to your kid's teething toy.
By baby proofing your outfit, you can ensure that you are taking every precaution possible to keep your baby safe while offering them a great way to comfort their budding teeth. When you have a happy kid, you'll be a happy mummy.