Having a child is undeniably exciting and entertaining. Unfortunately, young toddlers are very much prone to accidents and injuries that we always need to look over them. As parents, we do not always have the luxury of time to spend the rest of day checking and following our kids (especially 1 to 5 years old) around the house just to know that they aren’t doing anything dangerous since we have a lot of other things to do. So, to help solve this dilemma, we have to make sure that our home is childproof.
Here are some tips that will help you ensure that your toddler is safe from any harm at home:
1. Cover Electrical Outlets in Your Home
Kids can be quite curious with a lot of things, and even when you’ve told not to touch this or that, they won’t heed your warnings. To prevent your toddler from playing with the electrical outlets in your house, or stick any object on it, it would be helpful if you purchase a protective cover. Make sure that all outlets in your house are covered.
2. Store Medicines and Household Chemicals on Cabinets or Higher Shelves
Another thing that you can do to childproof your home is by making sure that all household chemicals that you are using are safely placed on cabinets and higher shelves. These items should certainly be out of reach of children to avoid accidents, so you need to store them properly. All medicines, whether for adults or children, should also be hidden properly inside the cabinets and shelves. A great way of ensuring that kids won’t also open cabinets or drawers that contain dangerous items is by attaching a safety lock . As for chemicals and medicine bottles, it is highly suggested that you replace their caps with a child-proof one.
3. Install Safety Gates
Safety gates are essential when you have a baby or toddler in your house. It helps block the doorways leading to the stairs, attics, basements, and other places in the house that can be dangerous if your children are left unattended. Make sure always that the gate you’ve installed are made from durable materials.
4. Cover Furniture Edges
Babies that are still learning to watch easily stumble in places, so it would be a good idea that you protect them from potential accidents by covering the edges and corners of furniture in your house (like tables, cabinets, etc.) with foam or silicon cover.
5. Keep Choking Hazard Objects Out of Your Toddler’s Reach
When your kids are three years old or below, there’s a high tendency that they would eat everything that perks their interesting. To avoid this from happening, always lock away choking hazard objects such as marbles, crayons, buttons, beads, paper clips, and a lot more. Do remember always that it an item or toy can go through a tube of toilet paper, it can be considered as a choking hazard.
Prevention is always better than cure, and that’s why it is really necessary that you make your home childproof once you have a curious toddler living with you. Enjoy parenthood!