Childproofing Your Home: Part 2

Continued from Childproofing Your Home: Part 1

Kitchen

One of the most injury-prone areas of any property is the kitchen. In most houses, there may already be a playpen where the housewife can put the baby or toddler in while she cooks. However, as the toddler becomes older, confining him in the playpen will be more difficult than ever. Sometimes, your toddler may venture into the kitchen because he had always seen mommy going in there to fix food and drinks. How do you childproof your kitchen?

First of all, keep all your kitchenware away from the edges of counters and tables. Table cloths may be pretty, but you do not want to have these cloths dangling from the tables where your toddler may pull on. If your child pulls the table cloth, things will fall from the table together with the cloth, which may be knives, forks, boiling water, hot soup or anything that you put on the table.

You may also want to make sure that the pot handles are facing towards the back of the stove. Your child may grab the handles when you are not looking, spilling all the contents on him, potentially scalding and burning him in the process.

Also, keep all sauces, herbs and spices out of reach. If your child is old enough to understand, educate your child to identify hazardous materials using some warning stickers and sticking them on the poisonous and hazardous items. These items with warning stickers should serve as a reminder to your child to not touch them or even get near them.

Bathroom

There are a lot of horror stories about children drowning in bathrooms. The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your toddler will not be going into the bathroom without your supervision. Install a toilet lock or latch, and make it a habit to latch the toilet from the outside so that your baby will not sneak in there when you do not notice it.

If you are already potty training your toddler and you give him the freedom to use the toilet, you may want to install toilet locks to keep the lids closed. Toddlers are top heavy, so they may actually lean and fall into the toilet or the bathtub easily. They may also drown very easily, even with just one inch of water.

Some of you might have electrical sockets for hair dryers or shavers. Unplug them to prevent electrocution upon contact with water in the bathroom, and cover the unused electrical points with outlet protectors or safety caps. If you could, install a ground fault circuit interrupter to your electrical points in both the bathroom and the kitchen. These will turn off the electricity if the appliance falls into water.

Hallways and Staircases

Keep your home décor to a minimum or place all decorations on a high table that the child would not be able to reach. Any object that is shiny or colorful will attract their curiosity and cause them to venture out. In large homes like a bungalow, they could easily get lost. Make sure the child is confined to a particular room or placed in a playpen when you are busy doing chores. You could also attach a child-proof gate at the doors to keep them from venturing outside a safe area.

Childproofing Your Home: Part 1

Do you have babies and toddlers at home? If you do and you are taking care of them full time, you probably feel the anxiety of having to look over their every step to make sure that there will not be any unintentional injury at home. In most cases, the injuries could have been prevented. Let’s start childproofing your home.

Living Room

Babies and toddlers are usually crawling around the house when they are learning to move around. Even if they are already learning to walk, they may be no taller than perhaps 2 feet tall. The way they see the world is different from us, and they are full of curiosity.

One of the main things that you should pay attention to is the electrical sockets around the property. Congratulations if all the electrical sockets and telephone points are fixed at 5 feet height. However, it is very likely that you will have the electrical sockets one foot above the ground especially for television and telephone points. These are hazardous, potentially causing electrical shocks to your baby if you are not aware of baby poking his little fingers into the holes of the electrical points.

You may also want to pay more attention to the wiring. Bundle the electrical cords neatly, or have them attached to your walls. In fact, bundle neatly any dangling strings such as those from window blinds, because these can be potential strangulation hazards for your child.

Besides the electrical points and wiring, take note of all things which you have placed at the height below 2 feet which can be accessed easily by your baby. Always put medications and smaller objects away from such a low level, because children have a tendency to put things into their mouth.

Also, you may want to ensure that the main door is closed, or at least something to block the doors so that baby cannot crawl out of the house when you turn your back to get some things done. If you live in a condominium, make sure you affix a child-proof gate at sliding doors that open to the balcony or always make sure the door is closed. Fix grills to the windows to make sure that your toddler will not be climbing out of the windows. Leave nothing to chance!

Come back soon for Childproofing Your Home: Part 2