Toddler-Proofing: Is your House Toddler Safe?
One of the things you do while you wait for your little bundle of joy to arrive is baby-proofing the house. It takes a while for your new baby to be able to crawl around and for the baby-proofing to actually be necessary. However, when that time comes you realize not everything is done, so you spend more time baby-proofing the house. Then your baby starts learning how to pull themselves up on things, which means it’s time to baby-proof again. Your child then hits their next milestone and they start walking! It takes them a while to get confident with this but by the time they master it, almost nothing is safe in your baby-proof house. But why is that? It’s because you now have a toddler, and it’s time to start toddler-proofing everything.
Toddler-proofing is not an easy task, and it feels like a task that has no end. We’re going to split this up room by room to make sure I cover everything we have had to toddler-proof for our child. Hopefully this will help you with things you’ve never even thought of toddler-proofing.
If your house is anything like ours, the living room is the heart of the home. This is where we spend most of our time, so this room must be pretty perfect when it comes to toddler-proofing.
- All outlets need to be out of reach, or need to have outlet covers on them so no little fingers can get in them.
- All wires/cords need to be completely out of reach. It would be ideal for them to be completely out of sight too, because out of sight, out mind.
- Fire places need to be covered if you have a brick fireplace. Get bumpers to go around the corners, or even just gate the whole thing off.
- BOOK SHELVES! If you’re going to keep a book shelf where a toddler can get to it, it needs to be securely fastened to the wall. There have been many cases where a child has gotten severely hurt, because a book shelf fell on top of them. Toddlers are climbers by nature. Trust me when I say they will climb ANYTHING.
- Back doors! If your toddler knows how to open a door, be sure the doors stay locked always. If they know how to unlock them, then be sure to add another lock up at the top of the door where they can’t reach. However, if you’re worried about this, they make alarms that you can purchase here that you can easily put on doors and windows. They are obnoxiously loud, so you won’t have to worry about them slipping out without you knowing.
- If your living room leads to other rooms that you don’t want your toddler to get to, either use baby gates or door knob locks. Both work exceptionally well.
My advice for the kitchen, is to completely keep them out of it until they know better, or until they listen to you. The kitchen is full of so many dangers, I just don’t think it’s worth it. But here are the things I would need to toddler-proof if I let my child in there.
- ALL CABINETS AND DRAWERS. I say all of them and not just the lower ones because TODDLERS CLIMB EVERTHING.
- Refrigerator and freezer doors.
- Stove nobs
- Oven door
- Turn down the hot water temperature, so it wouldn’t burn my child if he turned the water on by himself.
- All small appliances would need to be locked away, so he couldn’t pull anything down on him.
- Cover all outlets.
- Secure the dresser to the wall, so there are no accidents.
- Put a closet lock on their closet door, if you do not wish to toddler-proof it.
- Only keep toys in there that they can play with, without close supervision.
- Keep anything out of their bedroom that they can use to climb on.
- Be sure all cords to sound machines, baby monitors, or lights are where they can’t reach them.
This is another room I would not give your child full access to. Just save yourself some trouble. However, you can’t keep them out of the room at all times, so there are some things that need toddler-proofing.
- Toilet seat lock
- Again, make sure the water can’t get scalding hot
- Put locks on all cabinets and drawers.
- Make sure trashcan is out of their reach
- And never let them in the bathroom alone.
These are the main rooms in your home that would need toddler-proofing. If you wanted to do other rooms, like the master bedroom, the spare bedroom, or the play room, they would all be similar to your toddler’s bedroom. Toddler-proofing takes a lot of work, but once it’s done, the relief you will feel is well worth it.
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