First Time Parent’s Guide To Security
Baby on the way? Here’s how to baby-proof your house.
For first-time parents, newborn babies may seem as delicate as crystal. Even before the umbilical cord is cut, your parental instinct will kick in, urging you to protect your fragile, beautiful little one, from day one.
The good news is that babies may be delicate, but they are also resilient. In addition to changing wet diapers, feeding your baby, and trying to sleep through the night, you’ll want to baby-proof your house to ensure your baby’s safety.
While we can’t guarantee a full night’s sleep, explore our safety guide for first-time parents for added peace of mind.
As you know, taking care of your baby goes beyond applying petroleum jelly after changing diapers. Surely, there are lots of questions swirling in your mind, and little time for extensive reading. So, here are 10 simple security tips for new parents.
Home security systems are incredibly useful devices that can keep an eye on your children while deterring intruders. Options like the Arlo Home Security System can monitor and detect eight different threats. For instance, you can use it to detect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or to be aware of water leaks and floods. You can even use it to monitor temperature changes in your baby’s room. And, of course, you can install these sensors in doors and windows to protect yourself against potential home invasions.
For babies, the world is a new, undiscovered playground. Day and night, they’ll want to crawl, touch, and put everything in their mouths. It’s essential to keep small items out of their reach. Store coins, keys, and other small household items in secure drawers or on high shelves. Additionally, avoid giving your baby small toys before they’re of the appropriate age.
Just like home security systems, security cameras can be particularly useful in houses with babies. You can use options like the Arlo 2nd Gen Essential Indoor Camera as a baby monitor. Install it in the nursery room and use the 2-Way Audio feature to listen to and speak with your baby. Plus, with a wide 130° Field of View and Night Vision, you’ll have a clear view of the room at any hour of the day.
Security cameras are useful in many other ways. You can install options like the Arlo 2nd Gen Essential Security Camera around your house, indoors or outdoors. This way, you’ll keep an eye on your baby wherever they are. Additionally, you’ll be able to monitor who’s approaching your home at any moment.
Also, with a subscription plan like Arlo Secure, you’ll have access to 30-day cloud video storage. If your baby takes their first step or says their first word, you’ll have it on video, preserving precious memories from your baby’s life forever.
It’s no secret that your baby’s first bath should be a sponge bath. You’ll want to use warm water and try to be gentle. If soap is needed, opt for neutral-pH soaps without additives.. For a comprehensive guide on baby baths, here’s a useful guide on baby baths.
As your baby grows, crawling and touching things will be part of everyday life. With this in mind, it’s crucial to secure heavy furniture to the ground or walls. This precaution ensures that if your baby manages to climb onto a bookshelf or table, there won’t be a risk of the entire piece of furniture toppling over. For extra security, consider using the Arlo Home Security System sensors to monitor any lift changes in furniture.
As soon as your baby starts crawling, it’s essential to install child gates on stairs and every other doorway. Additionally, consider mounting cordless window coverings. Babies have a hard time staying still in one place. If your baby is going to explore, it should be only in safe areas.
An alarm system can be useful in this regard as well. You can use the Arlo Home Security System sensors to monitor out-of-limits doorways and closed windows. As soon as your baby opens a door or a window, you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone.
You should teach your child to not put plants in their mouth. But, as you know, that’s your baby’s favorite hobby. So, you’ll want to check if you currently have any poisonous plants around. If you don’t know your plant’s species, you can use an image identification app like Google Lens.
If you have poisonous plants, it’s best to give them away. Luckily, there are dozens of safe plants to choose from, like the spider plant, the peacock plant, and the areca palm.
According to Boston Children’s Hospital, placing your baby to sleep on their back is the primary recommendation for reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Also, keep fluffy blankets and stuffed animals out of the crib and avoid overheating the baby or their room during sleep. Breastfed babies are also less prone to this syndrome. Plus, breastfeeding helps boost their immune systems and contributes to a quicker increase in their birth weight.
Everything with an edge or a blade should be properly stored. Place scissors and knives in drawers, out of your baby’s reach. If you’re using a knife block, consider securing it to the furniture so it can’t fall down. If your furniture has dangerous corners, install protector guards or edge safety bumpers.
When holding the baby, it can be challenging to receive deliveries such as diaper boxes and baby food. Additionally, opening the door to strangers may expose a house with a newborn to unwanted viruses. This is where a video doorbell can be useful.
Options like the Arlo 2nd Gen Video Doorbell come with 2-Way Audio, allowing you to speak to delivery drivers and ask them to leave the packages at your front door. Also, in case of family and friends visiting to meet the new family member, you’ll be able to let them know you’ll be right there in a second.
Parents feel the urge to keep that little one safe, and they can find a reliable ally in Arlo. From baby-proofing your home to monitoring sleep and play, Arlo security cameras, video doorbells and home security systems will be there every step of the way.
Also, it’s worth noting that you can find multiple home safety checklists online, some of which are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For further baby-proofing your house, consider checking them out.
Whether it’s a real-time check on the baby’s room or the peace of mind from a well-secured home, Arlo will become an integral part of your parenting toolkit. With Arlo, you’re making a lifelong commitment to safety.