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Guide to Toddler-proofing Your Home


When your little one reaches the toddling stage, you may be surprised at how they manage to be everywhere at once. Keeping a close eye on your toddler around the home can be tricky, particularly 
as they grow in confidence and become quicker on their feet, which is why it is so important to make sure that your living space is fully toddler-proof. You can’t prevent every single trip and slip as your toddler grows, but by taking a few simple measures you could help to minimise the risk of accidents in the home. 

Follow these tips for creating a child-friendly home and enjoy the peace of mind that your toddler can discover their world in safety. 

Living Room 
  • Make sure that electrical outlets are covered to prevent little fingers getting into trouble. 
  • Secure lamp cords so they can’t be pulled down, and consider removing floor lamps which can be easily tipped over. 
  • Prevent bumps and scrapes by cushioning sharp corners on furniture. 
  • Position breakable items out of your toddler’s reach. 
  • Protect fireplaces with a fire guard and store fireplace accessories out of reach. 

Dining Room 
  • Ensure chairs are pushed right beneath the table to remove any opportunities for climbing. 
  • Move any items on the table to the centre where they cannot be reached. 
  • Fold up the corners of your tablecloth so they can’t be grabbed and pulled. 
Bathroom 
  • Make sure razors, scissors and other dangerous objects are stored well out of reach. 
  • Store medicines in a locked cabinet. 
  • Add a non-slip bathmat to your bathtub. 
  • Always empty the bath after it has been used. 
  • Invest in plastic bathroom accessories rather than glass. 
  • Keep the bathroom door closed and never leave toddlers unattended in the bathroom. 
Kitchen 
  • Hide cleaning products out of reach, preferably in locked storage. 
  • Always cook using the back burners of your hob, and point pot handles away from the edge. 
  • Store breakable objects where they can’t be found by your toddler. 
  • Keep hot drinks and other liquids away from the edge of the table or counter. 
  • Keep knives stored securely out of harm’s way. 
Windows & Doors 
  • Invest in window locks. 
  • Make sure that cords on blinds are folded out of reach. 
  • Place eye-catching stickers on glass doors at your toddler’s eye level to prevent bumps. 
Stairs 
  • Invest in a stair gate for both the top and bottom of your staircase. 
  • Keep stairs free of clutter once your toddler begins learning to use the stairs to reduce the risk of trips and falls. 
Garage 
  • Store tools and gardening equipment out of reach. 
  • Make sure chemicals and other hazardous materials are safely locked away. 
  • If your garage has an automated door, make sure that it has a safety cut-off feature. 

Take a good look at every area of your home to assess whether it is toddler-friendly, and you are sure to spot a few places where safety could be improved within your property. There are a number of great products on the market which are designed to help you toddler-proof your home, so shop around to find a few items to make it easier to keep your little ones out of harm’s way, and feel confident that your baby can explore in safety. 

Hayley Francis wrote this guest post on behalf of Burning Inspirations

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34 comments

  1. I must confess I pretty much did none of this *hides from disapproving gazes* lol x but slowly as time went on I mover breakable things I seemed to put up more stairgates and the living room got emptier... and then fuller again as more toys arrived! lol x Might make more of an effort with the next one! teehee x

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  2. Even though Miss Belle is only 9mths, we've already had to start doing this. She's started crawling recently, and just yesterday has found out that with a good bit of hard work, struggling and huffing, she can pull herself up onto things!! There's no stopping her now!

    Super post, thank you! x

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  3. Even though my 2 are older, the house still needs 'proofing' lol There are some great tips here. Thanks for posting!

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  4. I need to do this for my baby as well, they always seem to know what you don't want them getting into, and then obsessively go for that thing.

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  5. There are some great tips here, it's good that you mentioned the window too as this can often be forgotten. Great post!

    I love the pic, so cute!!

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  6. Love the tip on replacing glass items with plastic ones in the bathroom! So clever!

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  7. Very helpful advice clearly laid out.

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  8. I've bookmarked this for when Ethan's on the move ;) x

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  9. These are great tips, I did most of this stuff when my twins first started crawling. It's funny looking at photos of when they were small, there is nothing breakable anywhere near ground level lol

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  10. I needed to revisit this now little miss is walking thanks!

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  11. Great tips! Some are so clever I'd never have thought of them :)

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  12. we still don't have stairgates! oops. luckily he doesn't go near the stairs but i really must buy some!

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  13. brilliant and excellent info

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  14. Will definitely remember this in future!

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  15. definitely going to have to pass this around to people with kids!

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  16. I was thinking about toddler proofing my house the other day, but it is difficult as while my husband is away working we have been staying with my parents. Am going to sit down and see how many of your tips I can apply to their place without being accused of overstaying my welcome haha x

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  17. Ive had my house kids safe before I even had any of my own kids.I didnt have to worry about when my nephews and my friends kids when they visited :)

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  18. Great tips and most will last all childhood!

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  19. I was lucky, Emma is not one of those kids to stick their nose everywhere so our toddler proofing was kept to a minimum. We'll see how the new baby will approach it :-)

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  20. Good tips, especially about the blind cords, heard far too many awful stories about that.x

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  21. isnt it great when they start to get around and explore; but also a worrying time for parents as there are so many accidents waiting to happen. youve given some great advice- thankyou.

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  22. Lots of great tips here, found it most helpful. Thank you!

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  23. Thanks for this informative post. You have covered almost all the points here. Great post.

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  24. Beware also of less obvious dangers, my daughter caught her leg on a nail that was sticking out as I lifted her into the shower with me, it tore her skin and needed 8 stitches

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