How to Child Proof Your Home for a Toddler How to Child Proof Your Home for a Toddler

What You'll Need
Fireplace boundary (if necessary)
Safety gates for all stairways and doorways (if preferred)
Electrical outlet covers
Doorknob covers
Toilet seat lock
Cabinet locks
Sharp corner covers (if preferred)
Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide tester
Stove guard
Wall attachments for stove, bookcases, dressers, etc.

When you have children in your home on a regular basis, there are some basic yet essential things you will need to do to keep your home safe. Knowing how to child proof your home is both easy and necessary, so there is no excuse not to make your home safe for your child. Curious toddlers can quickly get out of sight, but you will feel better knowing that you have taken precautions to ensure that they won't be harmed. While this project does require some expense, every cent is worth your toddler's safety.

 

When you begin the process of childproofing your home, the best route to take is room by room. This method makes it easier to do a mental, or actual, checklist. It also makes it easier to plan for expenses involved. Start with the living room as this is typically where babies and toddlers spend a lot of time; then go on to all other areas of the home.   

Start on the Floor

It’s best to start from the floor and go upward as this is how your baby will grow into a toddler and experience your home. In the living room, and all rooms, it is vital to keep small items picked up off the floor. From a crawling baby’s perspective every small piece of lint or dropped food morsel is fair game and they will surely put it in their mouth. Small toys or game parts are also a common choking hazard so teach older children to keep small pieces put up or in a designated area.  

Avoid Death or Serious Injury with These Necessities

The most vital things to think about when child proofing your home for toddlers are strangulation from blind cords; burns from stoves, hot water or the fireplace; drowning; choking or poisoning; and electrocution. These tragedies can be avoided with the right safety precautions in place.

  • Buy outlet covers and use them.
  • Do not leave curtain or blind cords hanging loosely; cut them off or keep them tied up high
  • Do not place cribs or toddler beds near blinds with cords
  • Use safety guards for the stove and fireplace and never leave your child unattended in areas where there is extreme heat or fire
  • Keep the handles of pots and pans turned inward on the stove when you are cooking
  • Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to avoid burns from bath or any other running water
  • Use a toilet lock and never leave your child unattended in the presence of standing water (ie. Wading pool, toilet, bucket of water, bathtub, etc.)
  • Keep plants out of the reach of your toddler and get rid of any that are known to be poisonous
  • Keep all cleaning supplies and other toxins locked up or stored high up in a cupboard

You can opt to cover the sharp corners of coffee tables or other furniture and it is recommended that heavy items be attached to the wall. For instance, dressers and book shelves that could fall on toddlers that like to climb.  

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