Once your child starts crawling or walking, it can often seem like all bets are off, at least where their personal safety is concerned. It isn’t difficult to imagine that danger is lurking behind every corner, just waiting to pounce on your little one. Well, the good news for you is that this isn’t the case.
At the same time, there is quite a bit to be cautious about as well. Babies and toddlers tend to be resourceful little humans and will often end up where you least expect them to. Here, you will be able to see exactly what the main risks are and what you can do to reduce accidents in your home.
Install Safety Gates Appropriately
From the first moment you realize your little one is moving around on their own, you are going to need to put up safety gates. This is to make sure that your toddler won’t be able to get to spots that he or she shouldn’t. So, just where should you install these gates?
If you have stairs in your home, you need to place a gate at the bottom as well as at the top. Other areas to bar include the kitchen, bathrooms, storerooms, and laundry rooms. If you want to make sure that your baby is unable to move out of a certain area, then placing gates at the entry and exit point will do this.
Of course, it is important to keep in mind that baby gates are only effective if you install them properly and actually remember to close them. Another important pointer: never climb over the gates. If your little one sees you doing this, they may try to copy this action as well.
Cover the Electrical Outlets
For one reason or another, it is most babies’ dearest ambition to stick their fingers in electrical outlets. This is why it is so vital that you get appropriate plastic covers for them. These ensure that there are no exposed holes for your baby to prod at.
Now, this tactic only works for electrical outlets that aren’t in use. Many outlets in your home are actually in use and these can pose a threat as well. After all, toddlers are quite fond of pulling out the plugs when you least expect it.
One option is to buy plastic housing that can be fixed over the plug in the wall. This way, your little one will not be able to get at it. If you can’t find these, try to arrange the furniture in a way that a couch or cupboard is covering these plugs.
Put Away All Toxic Substances
Remember, just because something may be safe for you to consume doesn’t mean that it is alright for your child. Thus, you need to get into the habit of putting your medicine away, regardless of what it is. This also goes for any sprays, balms, or over-the-counter remedies that you may be relying on.
At the same time, look around your home and see if there is anything that can be considered poisonous to your child, like detergent or bug spray. With items such as these, it isn’t enough to just put them away in a cupboard. You also need to secure the doors so that it is impossible for your little ones to get their hands on these them.
Beware of Toys
Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, your child’s favorite playthings may actually pose a threat to them. This is why it is a good idea to check out a toy safety guidebook before buying a single thing. To start with, you should only ever purchase toys that are age appropriate. This will ensure that there are fewer small pieces to choke on.
It is also a good idea to check the labels on the toys. Make sure that there are no toxic or unhealthy substances in the items. Even with all this, it is still a good idea to carefully watch your child while he or she is playing.
Test Your Furniture
Little ones have a tendency to use furniture to steady themselves or help them stand up. Therefore, you need to make sure that these pieces are completely stable. If they are not, there is an increased chance that your little one will pull these onto themselves while attempting to stand.
So, test out each table, chair, and any other piece of furniture that you come across. Check how easy it is to topple them over. If they are not steady, you should remove them from the room, at least while your baby is in it. For appliances like televisions, find a way to secure them to the wall so that they can’t fall over.
Don’t Let Children Near Water Unsupervised
Did you know that toddlers and babies can drown in around 2 inches of water? This is why you should never leave them alone near bathtubs, toilets, puddles, or any body of water really. During bath time, make sure to always keep an eye on them. If you need to leave the bathroom, even for a moment, take your little one with you.
Another thing to focus on is water temperature. Kids are a lot more susceptible to hot water than adults are. So, water that is even a few degrees warmer than it should be can be rather scalding. This is why you should always check the temperature before placing your little one in the water.
Be Aware When Pets Around
It doesn’t matter how mild-mannered the family cat or dog is, you shouldn’t leave your child alone with them. Kids can easily test the patience of any pet, causing them to snap, snarl, or scratch. This is why you should always be around them and put a stop to any tail-pulling or prodding in the early stages.
These are the main safety tips that every parent should know. If your little one is about to start crawling or walking, it is especially important to keep these guidelines in mind.