Baby Proofing and Sterilizing: What to Do and When?

As parents, keeping our sweet little ones healthy and safe is our top priority. We want to do everything we can to make sure they are able to thrive. There are a few simple things to remember when you are making sure that your home is safe for your baby.

 

 

Sterilizing Baby Bottles and Dishes

Learning how to properly sterilize your baby’s bottles and other feeding items is the first step in making sure that your home is ready for your little one. Bottles, bottle nipples, rings, and caps all need to be properly cleaned to make sure your baby isn’t accidentally ingesting any dangerous bacteria. 

Dishwasher-safe items can be washed easily in the machine. For added protection, turn on your dishwasher’s sanitizing or hot water setting. If you hand wash your baby’s items, you can boil or steam them after they are washed. Place them in boiling water for 5 minutes or a steamer according to the manufacturer’s directions.  Remove them with tongs and always allow items to air-dry thoroughly before storing.

 

Babyproofing Your Home

When you bring your newborn home from the hospital, it is hard to imagine your little bundle toddling around your home. It will happen sooner than you think! While the average age for a baby to start crawling is around nine months, some little ones can start early. It is best to have your home baby proofed before your child is on the move. 

The easiest way to make sure that your home is ready for your little one is to go through each room and assess the basics:

1. Electrical Sockets

Make sure that all electrical sockets are covered using specialty plug covers. 
2. Stairs
Be prepared with baby gates at both the bottom and top of each set of stairs in your home. The most secure gates screw right into the wall. 
3. Doors
Check all of the doors in a room, including cabinet doors and appliance doors. You can purchase specialty locks to make sure cupboards and fridges cannot be opened. You can also find baby proofing additions for door knobs for when your little one is tall enough to reach.
4. Furniture
Make sure all bookshelves and other tall pieces of furniture are properly mounted to the wall so your baby cannot pull them down onto themselves. Also cover sharp corners and edges, like those found on coffee tables and mantles, with foam padding. 
5. Cables/cords
All cables and cords should be stowed away out of your baby’s reach. Cable ties and covers are useful.
6. Breakables
Make sure any breakables are well out of your baby’s reach. 
 

Comfort and Safety

A safe home and safe bottles are both important in making sure that your baby is happy and healthy. To make sure your baby is as comfortable as possible, try Baby Blendy’s award winning anti-colic portable baby bottle blender system. Our innovative system reduces the amount of air bubbles in each bottle of mixed formula or breast milk. 

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