As parents we know that we always carry concerns for the health and safety of our children. When they are babies we worry about their health in general, sleeping safety, bottle or breast fed, doctors appointments and the best and safest diaper rash ointment amongst other concerns. When baby becomes mobile our concerns change and we have to take more steps to protect our toddlers than we previously did. A mobile toddler has access to areas of the home that we didn't have to concern ourselves with just a few months prior so now that your child is mobile, childproofing your home must be moved to the top priority list.
Stairways of any length can pose a danger to toddlers and small children. To help prevent accidents and take steps to childproofing your home you will need to invest in baby safety product such as baby gates. Child safety gates should be placed at the top and bottom of stairways even if they are not located in rooms frequented by your young child. When installing childproofing products such as baby gates is important to make sure you get a good tight, flash and secure fit. Gates come in different sizes is important to measure the area where the gate will be placed and ensure the when you purchase will fit snugly in the area allotted.
There are a number of options that can be utilized to eliminate the dangers that electrical outlets may pose. Some outlet covers consist of merely a round plastic disc with two plastic prongs that is inserted directly into unused outlets, making them less accessible and noticeable to curious toddlers. Other covers provide more elaborate features such as the ability to cover outlets that are both in use and unused. These style of guards can make it more difficult for small hands to pull out plugs or gain access to the outlets themselves.
Doors And Doorways
As with stairs, safety gates can be used to block open doorways to rooms you do not want your little one in. The doors that do not require safety gates doorknob covers can be used to ensure more advanced toddlers are unable to turn the knobs and enter rooms that are not childproofed, lead outside or into the garage or other unsafe areas.
Cupboards and Drawers
There are numerous styles of latches and securement devices to work with just about any style of cupboard, cabinet or drawer. Some of the most commonly used childproofing products involve adhesive or screw in latches that attach just inside cupboards, cabinets or drawers and prevent small hands from gaining access. Another common style works similar to a zip tie. Zip tie like securements loop around knobs or through handles and are fed through a device that locks them tight. These are often easily adjustable for adults and may require a combination of methods to remove them making it unlikely for small kids to get past the safety method.
For us the toilet is a cesspool of unknown bacteria and a potential drowning hazard for our small children. For babies and toddlers a toilet can look like a fun zone, a little toddler waterpark full of adventure. To help prevent the potential dangers that revolve around toilets as well is prevent unnecessary plumbing bills (toys being flushed etc.) invest in a toilet lock. Different fixtures may require different locks but there is more than one option to choose from. These locks work by preventing the toilet lid from being lifted or opened therefore limiting or eliminating access.
3 Steps to Childproofing Your Homes Furniture
Furniture can pose many risks to smaller children, especially those who are new to walking or standing. One of the most common hazards come from furniture items such as coffee tables, small shelves, desks and items that sit closer to the ground that may have hard or sharp corners. Corner bumpers are safety products that are designed to fit over the corner of some furnishings, most of these provide a rounded corner attachment made of plastic or rubber like materials that can help minimize injury if a child were to fall and come in contact with the corner.
Another safety concern of furnishings entail a multitude of furniture including; taller items such as bookshelves and entertainment centers as well as items such as coffee and end tables. Even toddlers who are not yet walking but have made it to the standing phase have a tendency to pull themselves up wherever they can. Doing this on furniture such as bookshelves and tables or other unanchored items can potentially cause the furniture to topple or move. To limit this risk - anchor all items directly to the floor or to wall supports. Furniture anchors can be found in most children stores (that sell a broad range of products) and in most retail stores as well in the baby section. Some are designed to be attached to the back of items and then secured by screwing it directly into wall supports. Other anchors consist of small sticky or Velcro discs that attach to the bottom of table legs to prevent them from easily sliding.
The third step to childproofing your homes furniture is to remove all heavy easily breakable items from higher shelves. This prevents them from being pulled over and from falling and injuring your child. For heavier items these can simply be placed on lower shelves or stored away. Breakable items should be removed or stored in locations that are not movable such as mantels or wall cubbies.
Cords and Cables
Visible cords and cables can be quite interesting to a toddler and can attract their attention as well as provide a tripping hazard. There are several things you can do to provide a safer experience for your toddler. To begin try keeping all cords and cables out of sight. This can be accomplished by tucking them behind furniture or running them under the edge of carpets or up the walls. Another way to prevent hazards that can be associated with cords and cables is to make sure they are secured (especially cords that may run through a room or through a walking area). What the goal is to make them flushed to the ground and prevent your child's feet from getting caught under the visible cords. This can be accomplished in a number of ways depending on the type of flooring. For most floor types; cord duct covers can be used to conceal visible cords, keep them tidy and most offer a trip free surface.