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Your number one concern when it comes to your family is to keep them healthy and this means inside the home as well as outside of it. In fact, for the very little ones, the vast majority of risks to their health are going to come from the indoors in the first place. For that reason, we’re going to look at some of the more easily forgotten sides of childproofing your home.
Know what stays out of reach
There might be more potentially poisonous household products in your home than you might think, including medication, household cleaning products, and even some foodstuffs and cooking products.
Kidshealth.org shows a list of potentially harmful household substances that you should make sure are well out of the baby’s grasp. Make sure when childproofing you have safety latches on any cabinets and drawers they can reach, too.
Some household objects make great playthings for babies so be sure to consider leaving them out, here are some ideas.
Childproofing to make sure they can’t get where they shouldn’t
Aside from making sure that any potentially dangerous household goods are out of reach, you should also make sure that your young ones don’t have free reign of the home, as well.
Sites like foryourlittleone.com show a range of baby safety gear, like fireguards and safety gates that can be used to contain areas of the home. Figure out which areas are definitely not suited for children and gate them off. Remember to consider what childcare providers have in the way of childproofing products.
Watch out for explorers
Little children are explorative and will get only more so as they get older and better able to poke, prod, and move around the home. As such, fixtures like wall sockets should be covered up, and you can get doorknob covers to make sure that they can’t be easily operated by young children. Make sure that your bathroom is secured, as well, as you can expect they’re going to try fiddling with the taps as soon as they can.
Don’t get blindsided
The blinds of a window can be dangerous, as well. In particular, the cords that are manoeuvred to adjust the blinds can be a real choking hazard, as well as being quite tempting to a baby. For that reason, it’s a good idea to never leave a baby or toddler alone in a room with blinds, so you can always keep an eye on them, or have them adjusted so that those cords are kept out of reach.
Lay down a softer touch
When toddlers get up and toddling, falls are an expected part of the learning process. However, a home with a lot of hard surfaces can be a much more dangerous place to fall down in. For that reason, you should think about using soft furnishings to make sure that they can have a safer landing, and move any low furniture with hard edges out of their way.
The above tips for childproofing are not a comprehensive list of what you can do to keep your baby safe in your home. You need to take the time to scan the property for risks and to act appropriately to prevent them from reaching your child. Consider this just a start.
While they are young why not start looking at handmade toys you could make them?
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