When your little one starts crawling, a whole new world of responsibilities opens up. Hazards are everywhere!
Most parents will opt for baby proofing the usuals - electrical sockets, furniture, and toilets. But, is that all? Here are 5 common baby proofing hazards that you’ve most likely forgotten.
Being a plant parent is a huge role to undertake. Plants are almost as fickle as toddlers...almost. Baby proofing is important for two reasons: keep your plants in one piece and stop your little one from ingesting poisonous leaves.
2. Stove Tops
Now, not all crawling babies will immediately be drawn to the stove - this is more of a toddler problem due to their height and ability to pull themselves up. However, that doesn’t mean that your stove can’t still be a problem! For us, we found that if you’re baby proofing your home, you may as well do it all to prevent any issues later. Future you will thank your past self.
3. Plastic Bags
Are you even a parent if you don’t have a cupboard full of rogue plastic bags? Plastic bags can easily choke your little one and should be either locked away or packed out of reach.
4. Garbage Cans
We don’t know what it is about babies, but the grosser the item, the more attracted they are to it. Garbage cans can fall on our babies and are full of yucky germs. No one wants dumpster snacks on their hands!
Are you a furparent as well as a hooman parent? Lucky you! Unfortunately, your pets may not think that they’re as lucky. Sure, with careful planning and proactive steps, your babies can live in happy harmony! But, things like pet food, water bowls, and the dreaded kitty litter need to get baby proofed ASAP.
Baby proofing your home in a pet-friendly way is a must if you’re looking for a happy home for your whole furmily. If your little one gets into the cat’s food and litter box, your cat may feel like their privacy is being invaded and cause some behavioral problems. Not to mention the threat of toxoplasmosis too!
Wait, you have to baby proof the litter box too?
Yup, it’s true. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. A litter box is basically a small sandbox begging your baby to dig in it! However, instead of playing with cute seashells and plants, they will find a different kind of mud pie.
Then, of course, we’ve got to keep in mind your other baby. Cats are extremely territorial and when their space is invaded, you may find that they will react in a less than fur-vorable way. We’re talking about doing their business out of the litter box and even becoming hostile. And no one wants a cat-astrophe on their paws!
Oh, and did we mention a little thing called toxoplasmosis? Harmful bacteria lurk in the litter box and can make your whole family sick. So, instead of finding your baby playing with some kitty cookies, it’s always a good idea to go the extra mile and get that litter box sorted!
Okay, I hear you. I’ll just use a closed litter box…
A closed litter box may be the answer for some furmilies, but in our experience, this can cause more pawblems than necessary. The same goes for closed doors.
Cats love their space! When you start to close them in, they won’t react well. Closed litter boxes can add to your cat’s hostility and a closed-door will just start a cacophony of meows.
So, what’s a furparent to do?
Introducing The Door Buddy
The Door Buddy is an adjustable door strap that’s been designed to let cats into rooms easily while keeping dogs and babies out.
Not only does this give your cat back their privacy, but it also allows us furparents to enter and exit rooms easily too. No more fiddling with buttons or climbing over the gate, and no more destructive pet and baby proofing solutions. The Door Buddy installs in seconds and without any tools.
This works purrrfectly if you’re keeping your litter box and cat food in a separate room in an effort to keep nosy unwanted visitors out. Kitty candy stealers beware!
Are you even a parent if you hadn’t wished you baby proofed your home sooner?
Because we have. Countless times! Especially when you throw a crawling baby into the mix. We’re talking Kity Roca everywhere and cat food disasters every day. Poor Mr. Ralphy, he had no idea what was in store for him when we brought our sweet baby girl home.
So, why didn’t we baby proof our home the moment we knew we were going to be expanding our furmily? Well, because of probably the exact same reason so many others haven’t - it’s hard and expensive!
Have you ever tried maneuvering through a baby gate at 2 am or with an arm full of laundry? Not fun. Then there’s the cat door. When you’re renting or simply have a love for your home, cutting a hole into the door just doesn’t seem like a viable option.
The Door Buddy is proudly made in the USA and has been designed by parents. So, when we say we know how you feel, we really know how you feel!
Our store includes our adjustable door strap as well as our combo set. In the combo, you can enjoy the added safety of our foam door stopper. This keeps tails and fingers safe and prevents your cat from getting locked in or out of the room. A must for worried parents!