We hate to be Debby Downer, but, as you know, parenthood isn't just squeaky toys and nighttime cuddles. It also means taking an offensive approach to life (and we don't mean being insulting, we're talking taking initiative and being proactive).
Check out these tips to make sure your home is safe and that you're prepared for emergencies:
Whether your region can expect floods, earthquakes, fires or tornadoes, it's smart to plan for the worst by creating a basic disaster kit for your home and your car
And don't forget to protect your turf and its members by installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
. (Tip: Change the batteries in smoke alarms
every six months or when you change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time, so you don't forget.) You should also map out your own emergency exit routes.
Keep extra supplies of all baby needs in your car just in case you need to leave your house in a hurry
or can't get back to it right away in an emergency. A car-only diaper bag filled with diaper bag
essentials can be a lifesaver in a true emergency and even in an "I'm having so much fun I don't want to go home" emergency.
Learn and make sure others in your home learn emergency first-aid procedures
and breathing emergencies
. Visit your local Red Cross
for information about infant and child CPR and first aid classes.
An ounce of prevention and preparedness really does go a long way toward peace of mind.