Amazingly Easy Room-by-Room Toddler Proofing Tips
A whole new world opens up to your child when he or she learns to walk. Unfortunately, so do new dangers. You may have baby-proofed your home when your child was born, but now it's time to toddler-proof it. Here are a few simple ways to make your home safe for toddlers.
Your kitchen is filled with hidden dangers like pots of boiling water, drawers of sharp knives, and hot stove surfaces. Install child safety locks on certain cabinet doors and stoppers on drawers to keep your kitchen safe. When you're using hot saucepans on the stove, be sure to turn the handles inward so that your child can't touch them. You may even want to install safeguards on your stove's knobs to prevent a curious toddler from turning on the stove or burners.
Be sure to secure any drawers and cupboards in your living room with locks or stoppers. Coffee tables and end tables often have sharp, pointy corners that can hurt a toddler if they trip and fall. Try covering these corners with soft rubber guards. Falling TVs can also cause serious injuries. Be sure to secure your TV to the wall if possible. If the wall isn't an option, keep your TV on a low piece of furniture and push it as far back as you can.
Once a child is able to walk, windows and the outside world become a fascination. Keep your windows locked and install stoppers at the top of your windows. It's also wise to move furniture away from your windows to prevent active kids from climbing within reach. Blinds present another hidden danger for toddlers. Pull cords are a serious choking hazard. Most manufacturers provide a latch for these cords, so be sure to keep them securely tucked away. You can also buy cordless models that use motors to raise and lower your blinds.
Household cleaners, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and other products may not look appetizing to adults, but they're likely to tempt a curious toddler. Always lock any cabinets or closets that store toxic chemicals. It's also important to remember to put your cleaning products away after you use them — don't accidentally leave them within reach on a table or sink.
Electrical cords can be extremely dangerous to toddlers. Eliminate this risk by using a cord holder, which makes the electrical cord too short to hang over the edge of a counter or table.
From falling down the stairs to getting burned by a hot stove, household accidents are a real risk for active, curious toddlers. But it's not difficult to reduce that risk and give yourself peace of mind. With these tips in mind, you can make your home a safe place for your child to learn, grow and explore.