You observe their development, celebrating the first smile, the first time they sleep through the night, the first time they sit up on their own. That big milestone of first steps is just around the corner. Your camera is ready and you are ready to hit the “Post” button. STOP! Exactly how much time have you spent researching and assessing the safety of the environment for which they are about to have free reign? Safe and secure, at the top of the list – not quite.
Did you know that falling TV’s and tipping furniture is the number one cause of serious injuries, and sometimes devastating consequences for small children? Window falls is at the top of the list as well. The cleaning supplies and utensils in your cabinets and drawers are just as concerning as the electrical cords and outlets that draw the attention of your baby who is now mobile.
Child proofing your home is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure their safety once they become mobile. The best way to evaluate how to make their home a safe environment is by going through this easy check list:
Get on our hands and knees and look at every room from your baby’s perspective. Electrical outlets, cords, and stairs are all areas that need to be secured.
Doors and windows: Now is the time to secure the windows in your child’s room. Both window stops and window guards provide the necessary protection. Choose what best fits your personal security. Mesh Window Guards offer children the freedom to feel the breeze, but the safety of avoiding any window accidents.
TVs and Furniture: All televisions in your home should be secured to prevent tipping. Anti-tip TV Straps are available to prevent any TV slips or mishaps. Dressers in baby’s room, as well your bedroom and any other tall piece of furniture should be secured to prevent topping over. Once your child becomes mobile, curiosity will be the catalyst to provide climbing skills. Anti Tip Straps are also available for large and bulky furniture pieces.
Drawers/Cabinets: All kitchen, bathroom and utility room drawers and cabinets should be secured to prevent your child from accessing dangers of cleaning supplies, utensils, medication, and so much more. Drawer and cabinet locks are available in both screw mount and adhesive mount installations. Don’t forget to secure your appliances as well. Little one’s begin exploring and their view and excitement do not include safety precautions. KidCo offers a variety of options to prevent any unwanted wanderers throughout your cabinets including the Swivel Cab & Drawer Lock and Magnet Locks.
Kitchen: All those cabinets and drawers! Additionally, the stove. Most injuries involving stoves are from pots of boiling water or hot soups being pulled onto curious little ones. A stove guard should be installed in all homes with small children. In addition, always use the back burners as a first choice. This prevents little hands from getting burned from hot surfaces at the front of the stove. When cooking, handles should be turned in so no accidental spills occur. Stove Knob Stops and Covers, and Appliance Locks can also be used to prevent grabby hands from accidentally turning the stove on or opening the fridge and oven.
Bathroom: Toilets pose the danger of drowning. Your toddler is top heavy and curious. There is a variety of toilet locks on the market including the Adhesive Toilet Lock.
Furniture: Once your baby starts crawling and can pull themselves up – well, they go down just as easy. Those sharp edges of tables, and counter tops can easily injure your child. Corner and table protectors, known as Foam Edge, come in a variety of colors and sizes. Most can even be mounted on the bottom side of counter edges which provides added protection for little ones. Foam Corners are an added value to any piece of furniture to keep your little ones our of harms way.
Doors: When you child becomes mobile, their curiosity to the outside world is forefront. Installing door locks not only prevents them from quickly getting outside, but it can also keep them out of rooms in the house where they should not be. Finger Guards that get placed in door hinges help prevent little fingers from getting closed in doors. KidCo offers a variety of products to prevent door injuries including locks for bi-fold doors, sliding doors, and door knob locks.
Fireplaces: Beside the danger of getting burned, most fireplace hearths are made of hard surfaces which can cause bumps and bruises to little ones, and worse yet head injuries. Hearth Gate Auto Close rails will prevent these injuries. There is also padded safety products designed especially for the raised hearths – perfect for those seasons when the fireplace is not in use.
Cribs and Beds: As your little ones become mobile, getting out of their crib becomes an achievement – and much stress for you. Installing a Convertible Crib Bed Rail will prevent them from falling out and getting injured while sound asleep. And when they awake, they can safely come looking for you. If your child is ready to transition to a “big” bed, bed rails will keep them protected from falling out of bed, and still allow for their walk down to the hallway to bunk with mom and dad.
Remember, your child depends on you to keep them safe and secure. They are only little for such a short time. You will not be able to protect them from everything. There will be skinned knees, fat lips, and the disappointments that will bring tears to their eyes. As they develop from infants to toddlers and start to explore their world, that you call their home – make it safe!
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