Every parent dreads the moment when their little one starts crawling. That is when your baby starts exploring the world on its own and becomes unstoppable. That is also when it becomes more vulnerable to accidents. Although you cannot tie them down, it is up to you to prevent these accidents by toddler-proofing your home. The best way to start is to put yourself in your child’s shoes and try crawling yourself. This way, you will see your home from the toddler’s perspective and be able to better recognize any potential hazards.
Here is where you should start.
If you cannot keep your little one out of the kitchen altogether, at least make sure they cannot reach anything that would harm them. This includes knives and forks, as well as cleaning products. By the time they are 13 months old, kids can open containers and drawers, so it is important to keep all these things above their height. When cooking, always turn the pan handles and keep hot drinks away from the edge. Replace all breakables with plastic dishes, but get rid of plastic bags to avoid suffocation. Give them something to do to distract them. Little hands are great for kneading the dough.
Bedrooms and Living Room
If you have moved your child to a regular bed, install bed guards to prevent falls and put padding on the floor next to the bed. Do not surround your baby with too many pillows. Attach corner and edge guards to all furniture and ensure the furniture is stable and that it would not fall if your kid tries to climb it. It is safest to secure all bulky pieces of furniture to the wall. Put safety plugs in all sockets and make sure they cannot be easily taken out. Cover the controls on your TV, and other appliances. Refrain from trailing cords across the floor, because your little one can trip and fall.
Keep all medicines, cosmetics, nail polishes and removers, scissors, razors, and other dangerous objects out of the kid’s reach. Fit latches on cabinet doors to be on the safe side. Put a non-slip mat in the bathtub, and remember to always test the water temperature before bathing your child. Install a toilet seat lock. Experts from Ozzy Plumbing emphasize the importance of taking all electrical appliances out of the bathroom. The best advice would be to hire a professional plumber who is experienced in toddler proofing of bathrooms to make sure nothing is overlooked.
Stairs, Windows and Doors
Never ever leave the front door unlocked, if you do not want your tot roaming the streets alone. Preferably, remove the keys from the lock, too. Use doorstops to protect your baby’s fingers. Kids love to climb the windows, so make sure to put window stoppers on all your windows. Install a safety gate at the top and bottom of the stairs and check that the stair carpet is fitted securely.
Regardless of all these measures, remember to never leave your baby out of sight.
Is your home toddle proof?