Babyproofing the House: For Growing Toddlers
They’ve grown up a bit now, and as the first part of this series of articles indicated, it’s easy it is for a baby to get into all sorts of situations if your house is not childproof. Now that they’re crawl-walking, it’s important to sure up that safety from kitchen cabinets to outlet covers. Here’s how to childproof the main rooms in your home to make them safe for toddlers.
At this point your toddler could be the next speed walker, cruising around and holding onto furniture. Or better still, a competitive climber, I mean he’s even climbing on it every other minute. But because of his tiny cute hands and less than Olympic-level dexterity, he may be able to unsteady even the sturdiest-looking pieces.
It’s important that you secure any “movable” pieces of furniture that can cause harm. These include:
- Standing lamps
- TV cabinets
Also, now that your toddle is pulling up to a stand, wobbling, and probably falling a lot more as they think “look ma, no hands”, you’ll want to pad the edges of sharp corners in your house.
Your toddler’s increase in mobility and awareness to how things function, means he is now more adept at getting to and opening windows. Childproof the home by installing metal window guards that screw into the sides of the window frame and have bars no more than four inches apart.
Heed high-hazard rooms
Sometimes the best way to make your home childproof is to make some rooms off-limits. For instance, you may want to seal off the bathroom, only to be accessed when you can monitor. This is important as it contains:
- Water dangers
- Electrical appliances (hair dryers)
The office is another high-hazard room to consider as it may have computer wires and staplers. Install a gate or a doorknob protector that little hands can’t open.
Beware of burns
Then there’s the kitchen. Your child can reach new heights now, which means you need to take your childproofing efforts to a whole new level. For example, keep the oven latched and put knob covers on the stove to block your toddler from reaching up and turning it on.
Also, keep appliances like the toaster away from the edge of counters where your determined toddler can get to them.
The drowning risks
Keep your curious toddler from having access to water when alone — no matter how much he loves to play with water. A child can drown in as little as an inch or two of water in just a few minutes’ time. Don’t take any chances on this childproofing matter.
As stated earlier, keep the bathroom door closed and secured at all times or lock your toilets with safety latches for the lids. And never leave your child alone in the tub.
Just remember, no matter how much you childproof your home, there’s no substitute for your eagle-eyed supervision. If you need any more information about baby care, visit your nearest Marie Stopes centre and make an appointment online
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