Toddlers are curious about the world around them and love to explore everything and everywhere. While encouraging this curiosity is important to you, as it helps with your child’s development, you also want to keep your little one safe. To make sure your child stays out of harm’s way on her next expedition, use these easy and helpful home safety tips.
There are so many entertaining gadgets and toys to be found in the bathroom. Taps that turn on and off; toilets that swirl the water away; creams and shampoos whose contents clearly belong on the floor (at least in your child’s mind). Yes, the bathroom is an ideal place to get up to some mischief; which is exactly why childproofing your bathroom is a must. Follow these child safety guidelines to make every bath time a good time:
There’s nothing better to a child then pulling on something that is within their reach. If there is a pot handle or a tablecloth dangling tantalizingly over a table’s edge, you can be sure your little one will do all that she can to pull it down and see what it is. With this in mind, some things you’ll want to move out of harms way include:
When you’re cooking, use the back elements if possible. This helps to minimize the risk of accidental burns when little hands go searching for the top of the stove. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher on hand. These can quickly squelch a small fire. If the fire begins to get out of control, though, don’t stick around. Gather your children and get out of the house. Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home.
For children that are still using a high chair or a booster seat, be sure to make use of the built-in safety belt. Your child may squirm, but it’s for his own good. If you need to leave the room, though, then take your children with you. High chairs and chairs can fall over, trapping a child underneath.
Child safety latches on cabinets are a handy addition to any kitchen. Not only can they help prevent access to sharp utensils, but also cleaning products, appliances and any other dangerous items you may have. And don’t forget to put that trash of yours outside or keep it locked up. The plastic bag is a suffocation hazard.
Many families may try to make the living room an “out-of-bounds” area in the home. Yet, children almost always find their way in. While putting up a child safety gate can help discourage younger children, it is still important to outfit the room with some child safety products.
Often forgotten, home safety also includes making your windows and glass doors safe. Screens should be used on all windows so that inquisitive children can’t climb out. Children love to play with dangly cords that accompany many drapes and blinds, but these can pose a strangulation risk, so move them out of reach by tying them up. To prevent your little one from running into your glass patio door, replace your doors with safety glass or some other type of unbreakable material.
The bedroom should always be a safe haven where your little one can quietly dream away. When naptime or bedtime rolls around, be sure to remove any sweaters or bibs your baby may be wearing before putting him down. While you likely want to keep that bed as comfortable as possible, don’t overload it with pillows, which are a suffocation risk. Better yet, don’t use any pillows in the crib until your baby has celebrated his first birthday.
When you decorate your child’s bedroom, be sure to keep all furniture away from the window. This will help your child resist the temptation to climb up and explore just what is outside that window of hers. You’ll also want to get rid of any lock that may be on your child’s bedroom door, thereby preventing an accidental lock-in. However, it is a good idea to use child safety door locks on other bedroom doors. While you’re in those rooms, make sure that all clothes, belts, jewellery and perfumes are put away – these can cause suffocation, choking or accidental poisoning.
Hallways are a favourite play area for children while those learning to walk love to try out their new skill on the stairs. To minimize the risk of someone falling down those stairs, put up some child safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. You’ll also want to keep these areas clean and clear of objects so that no one trips.
Slips and stumbles are common occurrences at night when it’s hard to see what’s in front of you. An easy way to help your family see where they’re going at 2 a.m. is by plugging in some nightlights in the hallway and along the stairs.
Now that your entire home has been updated with these child safety tips, you can let your little one safely explore all those interesting nooks and crannies throughout your home.