When a toddler takes their first steps it’s an exciting time for everyone, but soon afterwards we realise that it was probably much easier when they couldn’t reach those porcelain ornaments or pots on the stove. Obviously, supervision is the best form of accident prevention but we all know that’s not realistic every single minute of the day.
As we know, every child is different. When our first child was born she was very easy going and I didn’t baby proof the house much at all, but then my second child arrived and everything changed. Despite telling him ‘no’ repeatedly there were just some things that needed to be toddler proofed for my own peace of mind.
So here are my important tips to keep your home safe for toddlers:
- Cook on the back elements of your stove and keep handles well away from the edge to avoid children pulling them down
- Use a baby gate in the kitchen when possible so your children can’t get near the stove during cooking times
- Get rid of dangling appliance cords as these can be intriguing for toddlers
- Put locks on your kitchen cupboards but consider leaving one of them free for your toddler to explore in. Pots, pans or plastic containers are great fun for kids.
- Keep chairs away from windows and balconies to avoid them from climbing over them
- Get down to your baby’s height and see what they can see and what they can reach
- Bolt heavy furniture such as bookcases, buffets or TV’s to the walls so if your toddler climbs, they won’t pull them on top of themselves
- Avoid putting the cot or bed near a window so they are well out of reach of the cords for the blinds or curtains – these can be a strangulation hazard
- Keep medicines and poisons in a locked cupboard
- Install window locks, especially if you live in a multi-story dwelling
- Close toilet doors and keep watch when there are buckets around to avoid drowning – toddlers can drown in even the shallowest of waters
- Put stickers on low level windows and glass doors so children can see them
- Cover electrical outlets with plastic covers – these can be purchased from baby shops
- Place a non-skid mat in the bath tub to avoid them slipping over
- Always have a well-stocked first aid kit in a handy location
- Learn CPR and sit a first aid course so you are confident in dealing with accidents if they arise
You’re probably thinking that these tips are just common sense and you’re right, they are, but if we can give someone just one idea that they hadn’t thought of before then that’s one potential disaster avoided.
Do you have any safety tips you think are important? Share them below!
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By Karyn Miller