Your home is where you want your children to be safe, yet there are plenty of hazards, especially for growing babies with endless curiosity, that present themselves. There are so many things to consider when prepping your home for your favorite busybody’s newfound mobility.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About 9.2 million children annually had an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury.” You do not have to add to that statistic: We’ve got five easy childproofing tips, plus expert advice from Tammy Gold – licensed therapist, certified parent coach and founder of Tammy Gold Nanny Agency.
Remove Potential Hazards
Our little ones see things differently than we do. What we may consider a hazard, they may consider a toy.
Gold advises, “Get down on your hands and knees and place your head at the eye level of your child. This is what he or she sees, and you’ll gain a new perspective for which things look attractive to a child to get their hands into.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that a child chokes to death every month in the U.S. after becoming entangled in a window blind cord. Along with window treatment cords, other hazards to look for include loose change, marbles, small stones, magnets, small toy pieces and miscellaneous art supplies.
Secure Large Furniture
The CPSC also reports that approximately 25,400 children are injured yearly due to TVs, furniture and appliances tipping over.
Babies and toddlers sometimes pull up on large pieces of furniture because they look stable. The tiniest amount of weight can cause items like TV stands, a chest of drawers and even freestanding cabinets, to topple over, so it is imperative to keep those items secured.
An easy way to secure furniture that has a solid wood backing is to screw the entire piece directly into the wall using drywall anchors. Other options to consider include L-brackets and furniture anchor straps.
In short, large furniture can be dangerous and should be properly secured.
Incorporate a Childproofing Kit Throughout Your Home
Childproofing kits contain a number of helpful items, including a variety of plug covers, corner protectors, security locks and appliance latches. Kits range from $8 to $150, depending on the level of security you desire and the size of the kit. Most items are easy to install and require no tools.
Additionally, place latches where toxic, poisonous materials, such as cleaning supplies, are stored.
Install Safety Gates
Child safety gates are another critical tool to use when a baby needs to be kept in a certain room or area of the home.
Per Gold, “Block the top and bottom of the stairs. Some people only do the top, but if a baby can crawl up a couple of stairs, then they’re high enough up to fall.”
Safety gates range in price from $50 to $150 and can be purchased at your local hardware, at a baby store or online. Just make sure the one you select is updated with the latest safety standards. Avoid safety gates that have V shapes large enough to entrap a child’s head and neck.
Provide Constant Supervision
The steps above are valuable tools, but nothing compares to adult supervision. Never underestimate the curiosity of your child; it takes seconds for children to injure themselves. Avoid bumps, bruises and breaks by keeping a set of eyes on your little ones as much as possible. In those moments you’re unable to, ensure they’re in a safe area that they can’t escape, like their crib or a gated play area.
What are some tips and tricks you use to keep your little ones safe? Let us know in the comments below!
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