As a parent of a toddler, one can feel extremely overwhelmed looking around the house trying to decide what needs to be moved out of arms reach or what needs to be removed from a space altogether. But, rest assured that baby proofing your home is more about following your mother’s (or father’s) intuition and less about needing the fanciest products on the market.
Here are our top tips:
- Be familiar with the settings on your geyser. Toddlers are curious beings and love playing with buttons or turning things. If they get into the bathroom and turn on the hot water tap, you’ll want to make sure you have your geyser’s hot water set to less than 120 degrees so that they do not scald themselves.
- Keep bathrooms locked while not in use (or at least use door knob covers to make it difficult for them to open the door themselves) and have toilet seats secured with child-proof locks to prevent drowning or contact with harmful cleaning chemicals.
- Have your crib set at the lowers level to help prevent your toddler from climbing out. You can also have them sleep in a sleep sack (baby sleeping bag), and if your crib has one side higher than the other, turn the crib around so the lowest end is against the wall.
- Get on your hands and knees and crawl around the areas your toddler will be using. Do you see any breakables or heavy objects within their reach that could cause them harm? Move these out of the way.
- Secure all heavy furniture like TV stands, bookshelves, and chests of drawers to the wall to prevent them from toppling over if your toddler attempts to climb them.
- Be cautious when it comes to electronics. Do not leave cords laying around, and put protective plastic plug covers over all electrical sockets.
- Keep all window blind strings out of reach. For some reason, toddlers love to put things around their necks!
- If your toddler is not yet a professional and going up and down the stairs on their own, prevent their falling by placing gates and the top and bottom of all staircases.
- We often store cleaning products under the kitchen sink, but when a toddler or baby is around, this is no longer a safe place. Keep all harmful chemicals in a cupboard higher up.
- When it comes to protecting your toddler from bumping into sharp corners, parents should again get on their hands and knees to get a better understanding of your toddler’s view. Purchase a few protective corner guards to help soften the blow should they run into table corners.
As a new parent, you will find there is just so much to learn in such a short period of time. When it comes to the safety of your children, it is always best to stay on top of the latest research and recommendations. Hopefully the above tips are a good starting point!