Babyproofing window cords

Child pulling a window cord
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It’s amazing how fast your baby can put herself in dangerous situations. That’s why, as a parent, you need to stay always, one step ahead. Strangulation is another one of those hazards that don’t come across our mind when it comes to babies and children; yet it is very real.

The most imminent danger is window cords. Your baby can become entangled in a looped window cord and strangle in a matter of minutes, silently.

How can you protect your baby from window cords?

Use cordless window coverings; If it’s not possible at all to go totally cordless, you can retrofit your existing blind cords with one of the below safety devices.

Safety devices foe retrofitting existing window cords

1 Blind Cord Cleats

This is probably the simplest blind cord safety fix for standard blinds with pull cords. This inexpensive solution allows pull cords to be secured safely out of reach. The blind cord cleats should be used in conjunction with a safety tassel, because let’s face it, there is always the risk the cord is not wound up properly.

2 Blind Cord Wrap and Roll-ups

These retractable devices are made to neatly secure blind cords out of reach. Safety-wise, they’re as effective as blind cord anchors and don’t require installation into window frames.

3 Blind Cord Safety Tassels

This is the plastic thimble-like piece at the end of the blind pull cord. Each cord should be fit in one tassel; otherwise a loop is created and you’re back to point zero.

Blind cord safety tassels before and after

4 Continuous Blind Cord Loop Anchors

The cord must be in one piece, it can’t be cut or shortened. However, the loop it creates can be anchored to the wall or floor using simple cord loop safety anchors or tie-downs.

5 Blind Cord Safety Stops

This repair will minimize the danger of inner cords being pulled out from between the blind. Inner cord stops are installed onto the cords near the headrail when the blind is completely lowered.

The danger of the window blinds is not limited to the pull up cords;  the inner cords are equally dangerous. If you are still not convinced, I encourage you to check this website.

Are there other strangulations hazards?

Yes. Strangulation hazard is not limited to window cords. Corded baby monitors, and other items with cords, strings or ribbons are equally dangerous.

Follow the below tips to ensure your baby’s safety.

  • Never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby’s neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small baby. Never tie one to the crib or playpen either.
  • Remove bibs or other clothing tied around your baby’s neck before putting him in the crib or playpen.
  • Keep all corded items at least three feet (90 cm) from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard or other safe sleep environment.
  • Keep the crib away from windows, as they allow babies to reach higher near the tied-up cords.
  • Educate your child. Keep reminding her not to wrap anything around her neck or her sibling’s neck. You might think that your older child is sensible enough to understand the consequences of her action, but she’s not, trust me. They are not always capable to grasp the concept of hazard and the risk of strangulation. Even some adults struggle with that!

Final thought

Keep in mind that strangulation, like drowning and other forms of suffocation, is silent. Many victims of sudden suffocation instantly pass out. You might, if you’re lucky, hear your child knocking over furniture or kicking the wall. But you will not hear a scream or cry or hard breathing, because there won’t be any.

If you discovered some other tips, we want to hear about them in the comments below as do all the anxious parents out there.

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