Baby-Proof Your Home Like a Super Mom: Tips From BIH Mom Kimberly Dunkley

Meet BIH Momma Kimberly Dunkley! Kimberly is focused on helping her 1-year-old son Gavin navigate the world safely and enjoy learning about all kinds of new things. Like many moms, Kimberly recognizes the challenges of baby-proofing the family home, and she offers some ideas and tools she uses to make sure little Gavin is able to engage in safe and fun day-to-day activities. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks for easy ways to ensure you keep your little explorer safe!

Q&A with Kimberly

When did you join Black Infant Health? 
If memory serves me correctly, I joined the Black Infant Health Program in December of 2022.

What is the name and age of your child?
Gavin Xavier Dunkley – 1 year and 2 months.

What is an activity you enjoy doing with your child?
Gavin has a love of learning. As such, our favorite activities to do together are reading and dancing during sing-alongs. 

What are some things that you changed to childproof your home for your child?Childproofing in our home is an ongoing and continuous effort, as our little Baby Bear grows in skill, strength, and overall curiosity. Some things I did to ensure his safety were to use padded crib rails; use furniture and appliance anchors; window guards for our patio doors; bed rails for when he is playing or cuddling with me in our bed; using anti-scald and water temperature devices; tons of variations of safety locks and latches as some brands work better than others (magnets are always a good choice); toilet latches; cover all outlets with safety covers, using door knob covers and locks; using corner and edge bumpers; installing carbon monoxide alarms; installing safety gates and using the magnetic window blind cord devices.

Are there any products that you would recommend for child proofing?
Beyond the standard childproofing items, my top 3 recommendations are:

  1. Door Finger Pinch Guard and Stretchable door stoppers
  2. Magnetic Cabinet Locks
  3. Bed Rails

Having previously attended the BIH Infant Safety Luncheon, do you feel that the information was relevant and/or helpful? 
I most definitely felt that the event and information was both relevant and useful. Since my attendance, I have had to unfortunately use the skills I learned. Once, when Gavin started eating solids, he began to choke on his food. Although it was scary, I was prepared and leapt right into action to grant my love some relief. I would recommend all participants and family members who have direct day to day contact with their little one, attend the sessions when offered.  Even if their attendance would be a refresher.

Would you recommend BIH to other moms? 
I would empathetically recommend the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program to any and every family that qualifies. Black infants in many countries, including the United States, face disproportionately high rates of infant mortality and health complications compared to other racial or ethnic groups. Programs such as BIH, that specifically target the needs of Black infants can help address these disparities by providing access to quality healthcare, education, and resources for parents and are needed now, more than ever.