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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.