When you buy your first home, it may seem like your dream house.
When you have your first child, that dream home suddenly turns into a house of horrors. So many sharp corners! Electrical outlets! Heavy items that can fall! Everyone wants their child to be safe at home, and many couples spend a lot of time and money making sure to childproof their house. Often times in thinking about all the potential danger areas, however, couples get so caught up in tackling every potential danger at once that they leave out some crucial points of interest.
Our five smart child-proofing solutions focus on one idea: Tackle each room in the house one at a time, making sure to handle each area as its own potential war zone. Breaking up your inspection into sections can allow you draft a solid plan of attack aimed at preventing attacks of misfortune upon your children. Let’s get started!
1.Taming the bedroom
When you have your first child, that dream home suddenly turns into a house of horrors. So many sharp corners! Electrical outlets! Heavy items that can fall!
Chances are your child will spend hours in his or her bedroom, whether it be playing or sleeping, so make sure you’ve got all your bases covered by protecting the wall outlets and any sharp furniture in the area. It’s crucial to make sure that your child’s crib or bed adheres to modern safety standards. You can check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for information about childproof products and furniture. Make sure there are no cords near the child’s bed area, and if you can, avoid putting the crib near windows.
Speaking of windows, window guards are always a good idea. They aren’t nearly as good as your awesome Number-One-Parent-in-the-World supervision, but they sure can put your mind at ease.
The bathroom is often an area that gets overlooked by parents. Assuming you’ll always be with your child when they are in the bathroom, this leaves wiggle some room for those adventurous toddlers seeking to conquer the seven seas. Install safety latches, locks, or guards on toilets, cabinets, drawers, and cupboards that may contain any cleaning supplies, medicine, or chemicals. You can also protect your child from getting burned by installing anti-scalding devices on faucets and shower heads. They are great additions to your parental-safety-precautions arsenal.
3.Take the Fear Out of Food
Well, maybe not take the fear out of food, but rather any and all objects used for food preparation. The kitchen is one wicked dangerous place for a child, and taking all precautions in the kitchen is a great idea. Use protective stove knob covers that prevent your child from accidentally turning on some dangerous heat sources. If you happen to have a garbage disposal, install a safety cover to protect those tiny hands from big accidents. Make sure to mimic your efforts in the bathroom as well, with safety latches and guards on anything that contains dangerous objects or hazardous materials.
4.Dominate the Rest of Your Domain
With the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen on lockdown, take to the rest of the house with some general preventative measures. Kids, for some reason, love to play with the cords that lift and lower blinds. Simple fix: Cut ’em! You’ll still be able to reach them, but your child won’t run the risk of getting tangled up in them. If you find some sharp edges or corners, install bumpers on them to prevent any serious injuries. Make sure the electrical outlets are covered as well, and don’t be afraid to install safety gates guarding stairs and hallways to other dangerous areas in the house.
Two other great moves are to utilize doorstops and cordless phones (instead of old-school tangle-traps). The doorstops will prevent your children from smashing their fingers or toes, and cordless phones are pretty much impossible to get tangled up with.
5.Conquer the Great Outdoors
One surefire way to make your yard safe is to establish designated areas as play areas and others as child-free areas. If you have a tool shed, barbecue, or some other structure or area you don’t want kids to be, put up small barriers to defend it from the onslaught of your tiny adventurer! If you have a pool, you’ll need to put up a fence around it as well. Most pros recommend at least a five-foot fence with a childproof gate. And if you use a pool cover, make sure to shake out any standing water on top of it whenever you see it. Accumulated liquid on top of pool covers is an often-overlooked drowning hazard that you need to avoid at all costs.
Most of these tips are one-and-done projects, and some others you’ll have to keep up with on a regular basis, but sectioning out your child-proofing will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve covered all possible variables, and you can get back to being that wonderful parent with a killer safety setup backing you up!