Childproofing Tips

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Did you know that each year there are more than 4.5 million ER visits from child accidents in the home? The major causes of injury and death are drowning, burns, poisoning, suffocation, falls, and furniture tip-overs.

10. Know the facts.

Did you know that each year there are more than 4.5 million ER visits from child accidents in the home? The major causes of injury and death are drowning, burns, poisoning, suffocation, falls, and furniture tip-overs.

These facts can be overwhelming for parents – we know – but the good news is that the majority of these incidents are avoidable with proper supervision and childproofing.

9. Get at eye level with your tiny explorer.

While childproofing can seem like a daunting task – from outlet covers to corner guards to toilet locks – it’s hard to know what you need and what you don’t need. The best place to start is by getting down to your child’s eye level and exploring a bit yourself!

8. Know that childproofing is not only about your home.

One factor many parents overlook is that childproofing is not only about your home. Whether your little ones are at grandma’s house, day care, or on vacation with you – childproofing is about where your child is. That’s why it’s important to consider having a basic set of products that travel with you and your child.

7. Don’t forget the basics.

Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and that they are in proper working order! Don’t forget about that trusty old fire extinguisher either and make sure everyone one in the household knows where it is.

6. Childproofing is a process not a set of products.

Childproofing is not just about installing all the right gear. Many aspects of childproofing may be as simple as re-arranging your furniture so sharp corners are less prominent or moving cleaning agents to high cabinets and shelves.

5. Assess and re-assess.

Childproofing is not a one-size fits all. Whether your little tyke has grown a new fancy towards the kitty litter or you have a new little bundle graduating into the childproofing age, be sure to assess and re-assess along the way.

4. Shortlist of key danger spots.

While this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, below are some key danger spots every household should assess:

    • electrical outlets
    • stairs
    • cabinets containing cleaning or other potentially toxic agents
    • sharp furniture corners
    • ovens and stoves
    • windows and window coverings
    • furniture/TVs that can tip over
    • small toys and batteries
3. Childproofing is not a replacement for adult supervision.

This one seems obvious but it is important to keep this top of mind. Childproofing one part of a set of tools you will use to ensure the safety of the children in your home. Other tools include setting clear rules and boundaries for the little ones in your home as well as making sure all adults and older children follow the rules as well.

2. Consider hiring a professional.

Between work, parenting, and everything else, maybe you don’t have the time to childproof or maybe you are unsure about what you really need. Don’t worry – there are childproofing experts that can help. Consider hiring a childproofer if you can’t do it yourself.

1. Do. It. Early.

This is the single best piece of advice we can give you. Childproofing early has some huge benefits:

First, you won’t be doing it last minute or in a pinch when all of a sudden your cuddly little infant transforms, in what seems like overnight, into a toddler on the move! Trust us, childproofing at this point is not something you want to face.

Second, putting up guards and locks at the last minute introduces a new barriers for infants and toddlers just at the point at which they are becoming most curious. As a result, many parents find that within 30 seconds of installation the products are promptly overcome and pulled off. Products that are installed early are seen as regular fixtures and curious little hands are much less likely to try to overcome them.

 

 

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