Kids Safety 101
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Childproofing 101: Creating a Safe Home for Small Kids

For parents, childproofing can be incredibly overwhelming.

Add to that an internet search for the best babyproofing products, and you’ll quickly find yourself lost in an endless sea of “must-have” products.

Sure, baby gates to keep kids out of the kitchen or away from stairs seem like a no-brainer. But have you thought about how dangerous a tablecloth might be? Is your TV secured?

Here are some great tips for babyproofing your home to prevent accidental injuries and keep your curious kid safe.

Check Your Water Heater Settings

Around 15 months or so, kids are fascinated with things that turn, including knobs and levers. Curious kids can get into the bathroom, turn on the water to play, and end up scalding themselves.

You can and should change the temperature on your water heater. It’s best to set it to less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the thermostat is set there, you can prevent a trip to the emergency room with burns from hot water.

Pay Special Attention to Electrical Sockets

Curious kids become fascinated with being able to put things into other things. What we might see as just an electrical outlet, small kids see as a hole that they can try to put things into.

Tight-fitting electrical outlet covers are a must for any socket that kids can access. Test them to make sure that they can’t be pulled out by a toddler’s tiny fingers.

Identify Heavy Objects Around the Home

When babies start to move around, roll over, and learning how to stand up, heavy objects pose a big risk. Do you have objects on top of a table? What about a TV on top of a cabinet? Is your furniture anchored to the wall?

It only takes one time for a child to be injured or even killed from a dresser tipping over or a TV falling on top of them. Make sure any heavy objects are secured and can’t be pulled or knocked over.

On top of that, if you have a tablecloth on your dining table, you should probably remove it. If a kid yanks on it, either out of curiosity or to pull themselves up, all the items on top of the table can come toppling down on your toddler.

Identify Small Objects, Too

Anyone with kids will tell you that kids love to put objects in their mouths. That makes small objects potentially very dangerous.

Remove anything small enough to be a choking hazard. If you’re unsure, check it with an empty toilet paper tube. If it can fit in there, then it shouldn’t be around a baby.

Ditch the Corded Window Blinds

For whatever reason, kids love to put things around their necks. While that might be fine when playing dress up with a feather boa, it becomes dangerous with window blind cords. Becoming entangled in blind cords could cause injury or even death.

Check your window coverings in your home. Replace corded window coverings with cordless options, or at least find a way to keep the cords inaccessible.

Soften Corners

Get down on the floor so that you can see the home from your toddler’s point of view. Do you see a lot of sharp corners that could harm a wobbly toddler? You might want to invest in some corner guards for items like the coffee table or TV cabinet.

Stash Poisonous Products Out of Reach

Cleaning and laundry products, medications, shampoos, and even art supplies can be extremely dangerous if consumed. Children can be really curious and tend to explore by putting things in their mouths. If they can get their hands on these poisonous or toxic items, they could wind up suffering permanent damage or even death.

Just keeping them up high might not be enough, as kids learn to climb. Instead, store these things in a cabinet that you can lock up. There are many different kinds of cabinet locks and straps to choose from for a variety of different applications.

Kat Sweet