As parents we always worry about the safety of our children, how to protect them from strangers and violence but we usually tend to over look one of the biggest threats to their safety – our own home.
Babies and toddlers are very curious and love to explore. Think of it this way anything they can’t have, they will want!
Here are my top baby tips that can help you get started.
The kitchen is one of the most hazardous rooms in the house. There are sharp objects everywhere, hot stoves and poisonous cleaning products around. Always make sure that an adult is in the kitchen with your child. Having a safety gate or a door lock on the kitchen door will make sure that your little one doesn’t wander in to the kitchen with out you realizing it.
- When working in the Kitchen have your baby/toddler sitting in his highchair with some toys to keep him occupied.
- Use safety latches and locks on bottom cabinets and try to store cleaning products in wall cabinets so that they are out of reach.
- Try to buy products that have child safety lids and always make sure they are closed properly.
- Use the back burners of your stove rather than the front ones.
- Never keep hot pots or dishes at ends of tables or stoves.
The living room
The best way to start is to see the room through your child’s eyes. This applies to the whole house. Get down on your hands and knees and start wandering around. The living room is full of sharp corners, numerous wires and sockets and heavy items so make sure you get them all.
- Cover all sharp edges with corner cushion to soften the impact of the child’s fall. You can find these in all safety kits.
- Never leave any small or sharp objects on coffee tables.
- Move vases, laptops, picture frames out of reach.
- Make sure all cables and wires are safely stored and tied securely.
- Protect all electrical outlets with covers.
- Large or heavy bookcases are real hazards, bolt whatever you can to the wall. Push items like televisions back from the edge of the furniture they’re on.
- Place latches on any cabinets and drawers that are easy access to children.
- If you are busy working on something in the living room it would be wise to place him in a playpen with some toys.
One of the most common toddler accidents which is the easiest to prevent is falling down the stairs.
Install a safety gate to prevent your toddler from going up or down the stares with out your supervision.
- ·Make sure that the gate is fitted correctly.
- Look for gates with secure locks or that sounds out an alarm when the gate is open.
When your baby is still in a crib make sure that there are no extra blankets or stuffed animals in bed with him while he is a sleep. Also keep in mind that as they get older climbing out of their crib turns into a fun game for them so always make sure there are no side tables near by. Once your child moves from a crib to a bed they then have the freedom to walk around even when you’re not there. You may want to consider putting another safety gate on the bedroom door to ensure that they cannot wander around upstairs and into other hazardous areas, such as the bathroom, whilst you are sleeping.
- Place a bed rail on your toddler’s bed to prevent him from falling out.
- Move all lotions, creams out of reach or place them in a drawer with a drawer lock.
- It is a wise to invest in a baby monitor with a camera so that you can see when your baby wakes up.
- Never place shelves or picture frames above changing tables or cribs.
The bathroom is another room filled with hazardous liquids and creams. These items should always be stored in locked cabinets or out of reach shelves. Children can drown is as little as 1inch of water so always make sure that your child is accompanied by an adult when going in.
- Cover the water faucets with protective covers to prevent your child from bumping his head on the ends.
- NEVER leave your child unattended in the bathtub, not even for a second.
- Always make sure you test the water before placing your child in the bathtub.
- Install a safety latch on your toilet lid to prevent him from accidentally falling in.
Take great care around pools. If you have a blow up pool, drain it and store it upright after each use. If you have a permanent pool, enclose it with a fence, and lock the gate leading to the pool after each use.
Stock up with first aid essentials. Make sure babysitters and other caregivers know where to find these supplies in your home and how to respond in an emergency.
Remember that childproofing is an on going process. A gate you put up for your 1 year old may become his favorite climbing toy when he is 2.
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