When it comes to the safety of our children our eyes are like hawks, constantly roaming the field. As a new parent you will begin to notice how you look around a room differently than before. Your eyes seem to pick up every corner, every risk, and every obstacle as if a light were shining on it. Height differentials never made an appearance before until you realized your toddler could tumble off the sofa and into a free fall as the space to the ground was “much too far a distance to be safe!” Although a part of you understands that you might be going overboard, there is still some internal mechanism that is kicked on when it comes to the survival of your child. As you move around your home childproofing things, you start looking at the world through the eyes of someone much smaller than yourself and picking up things you might not have noticed before. These are the juicy parts of life, when you can feel your awareness expanding and how your thought patterns have been affected by this big decision you are undertaking.
Along with thinking about your home and the safety within it, it’s a good idea to think about your vehicle and if it’s ‘family ready’. Most of our vehicles will be fine for having a really small child, one who needs only a diaper bag, a car seat and a folded up stroller. Unless you are driving a corvette or something so stylish that the idea of your child painting the backseat a different color as you driving a windy street makes you nervous, then child proofing your car will be a cinch. Even if so, it’s a good idea to find out about the safety ratings of your vehicle, check for any recalls, and get a mechanic to look it over and let you know about anything that might need to be worked on or replaced. Having to wait by the side of the road on a hot day with a baby in town because your car broke down is an aggravating experience at best. With the help of the internet, you can take care of most of the minor fixes all by yourself. There are plenty of articles and videos that will guide you step-by-step through many different tasks, from beginner car owner information like changing your oil to more advanced techniques that might require special tools. If you have the time then this is the way to go, as becoming intimate with your car will help you in the future to notice anything odd happening, and it will also save you money that could be better spent on any number of other things. Having that know-how also comes in handy if something does happen while you are driving, as it will reduce the panic and helplessness you might otherwise feel, and you can go over a checklist of things to see if its something you can fix without needing to call AAA. In this case, having some oil, coolant, and washer fluid in your car at all times can come in handy!