Toddlers are naturally curious.
They see a jungle gym where you see a coffee table. They see a fort where you see couch cushions. They may end up in hazardous circumstances as a result of this.
However, there are simple ways to protect a toddler in your home, even if it’s impossible to totally childproof a home.
In this article, let’s explore the top tips to toddler-proof your home.
Place Things Out Of The Way
To help avoid injuries, keep dangerous materials in secured or childproof cabinets with safety latches and locks. Pay attention in particular to:
- Small toys and other items that might be choking hazards.
- Pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, and hazardous substances.
- Blind drawstrings, straps, and other potential strangling dangers.
- Candles, lighters, plastic bags, and matches.
- Lock away weaponry, including guns.
Check Water Safety Precautions Twice
Wherever there is water, particular exercise caution:
- Use multiple layers of security, such as a fence that encircles a spa or pool completely.
- Pick a fence at least 4 feet tall with self-closing, self-latching gates.
- The pool should have a power safety cover, or doors leading to the pool should have an alarm.
Stove and Appliance Safety
A stove guard can help keep your stove safe in addition to cooking on the back burners and turning knobs away from the front of your stove.
Plastic guards, like the stove guard, can prevent toddlers from accessing household items like your TV, Smartphones, or Computers.
Toddler Proof When Crawling
Not all infants can crawl. But some toddlers drag themselves up commando-style, arm over arm. Others skip over this step entirely and start walking.
It’s time to think about low-level hazards in your home, regardless of how they move around. The best method to accomplish this is to lower oneself to the ground and see the area from a baby’s perspective, taking in:
- furniture with low, sharp corners (try foam padding)
- potted plants and greenery (move plants, soil)
- Fans and floor lamps (toddler-proof the cables)
- Doors (try toddler door lock, safety catches, hinge covers)
Toddler Proof When Standing
Your toddler will have enough strength in their little legs to pull themselves up to standing once they have fully explored the cot. Therefore, in addition to those above, you need to take into account:
- When your child is in their cot, make sure mobiles, and other toys are safely out of reach.
- Make sure floor-standing mirrors and tall furnishings are securely fastened to the wall.
- Remove or ensure that none of the items on tables and sofas that could be dangerous are within reach.
- Ensure each drawer is locked, and some of them include handles that can be used as steps or for balance.
- Long, grab-able drapes and shades should be tied back or rolled out of the way and secured with a cord tidy.
- Move refrigerator magnets out of the way because they pose a choking threat.
- If the television is low and free-standing, secure it to the wall.
Toddler Proof When Walking
This achievement is terrific. You may be overcome with immense pride, joy, and a small amount of emotion as your baby transitions into the walking phase. Here the further considerations are:
- Toddler-proof the garden.
- Make sure to empty or securely cover paddling pools.
- Verify if any plants are poisonous.
- Consider fencing off your greenhouse if you have one.
- Ensure your child cannot enter the garage, shed, or other outbuildings that may trap them or contain dangerous things.
- Check again to ensure the child safety locks are activated on the car door if your toddler is currently seated in a forward-facing car seat.
The best way to protect your toddler is to ensure they aren’t exposed to potential hazards. This may be difficult. You can’t stop them from exploring or playing, but you can use these tips to help keep them safe while they do so. And remember, your child is still developing physically and cognitively.
You must monitor their daily activities and limit any potentially dangerous situations. They should associate the things they can’t do safely with the things they can’t do at all so they learn as quickly as possible.