Being a parent is one of the most challenging things you will do in your lifetime. It is simultaneously nerve-racking and delightful. Because children are naturally curious and love to explore, many common household items can be dangerous to them. Young children especially like to explore by putting things in their mouths. One way to help put your mind at ease is to implement a few childproofing techniques to help protect your baby or preschooler from unwanted accidents in your home.
Typically, electrical outlets are close to the ground, making them easy to access, and often irresistible to little fingers. Outlet covers are not very expensive, and most of them are easy enough to pop in and out whenever the outlet is needed for use.
Baby gates come in a variety of sizes and fittings for your home. You might think these gates are only for the top or the bottom of the stairs, but they can be used several different ways. They work well for keeping your child in or out of spaces when needed. They are especially useful if you have a pool to protect your child from falling into the water. Other gates can create a play area for your child in order to contain them and their toys! Portable mesh gates are even easy to travel with if you are visiting a place that may not be child friendly.
Keep all household cleaning products, personal care products, and medicines in their original containers and out of your child’s reach and sight. Depending on your storage situation, many parents choose to get cabinet latches or door knob covers to prevent children from opening doors that contain potentially dangerous chemicals.
As your baby begins pulling up on furniture to stand or your toddler begins climbing on furniture, you will want to make sure that heavy items are anchored to the walls and things like televisions and lamps are removed from surfaces they can reach.
Before you start childproofing, get a child’s-eye view. Get down on your hands and knees and see how things look from that vantage point. This will help you to see potential dangers specific to your home environment.
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