If you have a baby on the move or a toddler you probably are quickly trying to figure out everything that needs to be childproofed in your home to keep your kids safe. Childproofing your home is one of the most important things you can do as a parent.
So what should you do when it comes to childproofing your home? Here are 5 tips for childproofing you don’t want to forget.
5 Basic Childproofing Home Tips
Strangulation is a big hazard for babies and toddlers.
You want to make sure your baby can’t reach the crib mobile so you want to lower the crib mattress gradually as your baby grows. As soon as your baby can sit up, remove the mobile. In addition, you should shorten all blind cords around the house or get blind cord winders.
Childproof your Kitchen
To childproof your kitchen you will want to lock up all your cabinets from preventing your kids from getting into them. I personally love the magnetic baby locks for cabinets. There is no screwing into your cabinets and drawers, and you simply open the doors with a magnet. I like to have some other magnetic keys on hand in case I misplace them.
You will also want to make sure your cleaning supplies and toxic materials are out of your baby’s reach.
Place sharp knives on the back of the counter turned sideways so they are out of reach. If you put them in a draw, be sure the drawer is childproofed and the knives are stored in the back.
Magnets are fun to look out on the fridge, but be sure you remove all small magnets so your child does not choke on these. If you want magnets opt for a LeapFrog magnet set that is safe for your kids to use (and educational to use)!
: remove all cleaning supplies and other toxic materials, as well as sharp items such as knives and heavy items, out of your child’s reach. Don’t use small magnets on your fridge – those pose a serious choking hazard.
Childproof your Bathrooms
When childproofing your home, don’t forget about the bathroom! Be sure you store all medicine on high shelves locked up out of your child’s reach.
You can also lock your toilet seats for even more childproofing.
Be sure that you never leave a small child unattended in a bathtub, even in shallow water, and “just for a minute.” Grab a bath thermometer to make sure the water is not too hot.
Check Danger Zones
It is important to walk around your house and check for danger zones to fix. This includes checking stair and balcony railings are up to code. Also, installing baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. Also, check for dangers near the fireplace, coffee tables, etc.
The last thing you want is to have your baby or toddler shock themselves by sticking their finger or an object in the outlet plug. Prevent electrical shock by covering all electrical outlets.
To prevent burns you will want to turn down your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also, never put hot items within your child’s reach.
The most important thing we can do when it comes to childproofing your home is to always supervise your child. This is the best childproofing we can do!
What are some other things you do to childproof? Share in the comments!