Baby proofing your home or apartment is something all of us face when taking care of a child, but don’t fear — the solution is here! Check out these easy tips to keep your child safe in your home.
Bathroom: Curious toddlers can easily fall headfirst into a toilet…and it only takes an inch of water to drown. Use a toilet lid lock to safeguard your lid. These gadgets are quite inexpensive, usually costing less than $10 and you may even find better deals online. Even better? Use a childproofing doorknob cover and keep the bathroom door closed.
Kitchen: Hot things! Knives! Cleansers! Kitchens have many areas that require baby proofing.
- Use cabinet locks, especially on lower cabinets. While some of cabinet locks need to be drilled into the cabinets, there are some magnetized versions that are easier to install.
- Store all household cleaning products in a locked cabinet.
- Keep knives up high and out of the way.
- Don’t have stove handles pointing off the stove, and try to use the back burners instead of the front to make it more difficult for children to reach the burners or hot pots.
- Teach children that the oven is hot or can burn them so they know not to touch it.
- Make it a habit not to have toddlers playing at your feet while cooking to avoid any sort of mishap.
Staircases: Keep stairways clear; don’t place objects on the stairs or near the top of the stairs, so nobody trips. Also, install gates at either end of the stairs. Be sure to use gates that are properly installed and mounted to the wall and banister, especially at the top of the stairs, instead of a pressure-mounted gate.
Furniture: Once they start crawling, kids have access to so many objects around the house such as furniture. Keep drawers closed so children won’t shut their fingers in the drawer. Fasten tall (and even not-so-tall) pieces of furniture (i.e. bookcases) to the wall so children cannot pull them down if they try to climb.
Electrical Outlets: These are easily reached by children. Use safety plugs or outlet covers.
Fireplace: If you have a fireplace at home, purchase a hearth cover and surround it with cushions to make it even harder for the child to fall in it.
These are just a few quick ways to child proof your home. What other simple things do you do to keep your kids safe at home?