As a proud parent you have the ever rewarding (though sometimes difficult) responsibility to take care of your child until they can do so for themselves. This, for the most part, won’t be so bad and can be quite a rewarding experience for you. However, there comes a time in a child’s life where they will push your patience to the limit and let their curiosity put them in often times dubious situations. When your baby becomes a toddler and beyond they will have the mobility and curiosity to be a danger to themselves if allowed to. You’ll need to take some simple home precautions to make it more difficult for your child to hurt themselves in your home. Here we’ll look at some easy ways to make your home safer and more ‘child-proof.’
Toddlers are known for having an appetite for adventure and if given the chance will put just about anything in their mouths. This is when it will be of paramount importance to keep dangerous chemicals, like cleaning equipment, locked away and safe from prying hands. You don’t need padlocks on every cabinet in your house but it is a good idea to make sure you have some sort of child proof locking system where you keep potentially toxic chemicals. This is even more important if it is being stored on ground level, like under the sink, as is common in many households. These same guidelines go for potentially hazardous materials that you may store in your garage as well.
As your baby starts walking around more often it won’t be too long before they learn how to run. This can quickly become a hazard once their height puts their head right on level with sharp coffee table or chair corners. It’s a painful lesson for a child to learn so it’s a good idea to put some quick padded protectors on especially dangerous looking corners. You can buy these ready made and easy to apply or make some yourself with some foam padding and tape so long as aesthetics aren’t too important for you. This simple precaution can save your child a world of hurt and a nasty scar. Additionally, it’s a good idea to be wary of sliding glass doors. It’s a good idea to put decals around eye level so your child can (maybe) identify the hazard.
Be sure to cover any sockets within potential reach of your child. This will prevent any dangerous accidents that could be caused by sticking metal or other conductive materials inside of them. Additionally, it’s a good idea to remove dangling cords from countertop appliances or other miscellaneous appliances around the house. Avoid ceramic and glass when feeding your child and identify any possible choking hazards among their toys.
Lastly, the most important way to make your home safe for a young child is to be attentive and apply your common sense. If something seems unsafe it probably is. When your child is young do all you can to protect them and take some simple steps to prevent accidents before they happen in your home.