Congratulations, you have just bought your new home! Planning has already started – who gets which bedroom, where should the BBQ sit and what colour to repaint the house. There is also that one questions you need to stop and ask yourself, “How do I make this home a safe, child-friendly zone?”
Every baby and department store has an overabundance of gadgets, including the obvious: gates for stairs; child (and apparently parent) locks for kitchen cabinets; rubber corner guards for, well, corners.
Here are several safety tips I found priceless:
1. Tie up your blinds’ cords or loop them out of reach. It’s amazing how quickly kids can wrap them around their hands and even their necks.
2. Limit the temperature of your hot water system to 50 degrees or less. You may need an after-market device.
3. Install fly wire (or mozzie nets if that’s impractical). An angry bite can keep a toddler (and you) up for hours overnight.
4. Secure bookcases and heavy furniture to the walls. Kids seem to have a knack for climbing furniture.
5. For winter, place heaters out of reach or put barriers around them until your children learn not to touch.
6. Dedicating one room to toys and play - making it totally childproof. This gives the parents the opportunity to have a break with piece of mind while their kids play independently, confidently and (sometimes) quietly.
The best way to childproof your home is to spend lots of time teaching your kids about safe play. But it’s difficult to communicate that to babies and toddlers.
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