Having kids can be tiring, especially when they keep running around and touching everything on their path. And one of your responsibilities before having a baby is babyproofing your house months before they’re due to arrive. If you already have a kid, you can start babyproofing the house before your child is learning to crawl.
Having more kids can be double trouble, especially if you have many dangerous areas at home. However, with a bit of elbow grease, there are many things that you could do to make your home safer for kids at any age.
Here are ways you can ensure that your home is safe for children:
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Keep Electrical Sockets Hidden
Kids are curious individuals. They will try to put anything in their mouths when they are interested and touch everything that looks new to them. A table placed strategically to hide an electric socket will prevent your kids from touching the electrical outlet. Or better yet, find sockets that have covers on them. Either option will prevent them from putting anything in it and electrocuting themselves accidentally.
Keep Small Objects Away from Their Reach
As a responsible parent, you should keep small toys, small toy parts, and other small objects hidden from babies and toddlers alike. They have this habit of putting anything they touch into their mouths. A small marble swallowed accidentally can choke your kid, causing them to develop breathing difficulties or, in worst cases, death. Keep them away from their reach.
Cover Pointed Edges with Corner Guards
The edge of a table is dangerous for kids. Babies trying to learn how to walk are still unstable while standing on their own. They might stumble or fall and hit their head on the table. Placing corner guards will make the edges of the table safer. Toddlers who keep running around the house might trip over and hit their heads, causing a cut on their heads. To prevent this, you can put corner guards all over your home.
Store Breakable Items in Hard-to-Reach Places
Anything that will shatter easily should not be in your kid’s bedroom. As such, you should place glassware and anything breakable in higher places and out of reach of children. Some utensils are best to use for kids.
Place a Carpet or Rug Inside the Bedroom
You have to make sure that they and your bedroom are slip-proof. This will ensure that your kids will not have any slipping accidents in the bedroom.
Never Leave Your Kids in the Bathtub Unattended
Watch your kids whenever they are in the bathroom. When you bathe them, do not fill the bathtub to its total capacity as babies and toddlers can drown inside the bathtub when left unattended. Furthermore, do not keep the faucet open when they are inside the bathtub. Call your local plumbing services and have your faucet childproofed into something that your kids can’t handle on their own.
Always Keep the Bathroom Floor Dry
Mop excess water on the floor to keep them dry. This will avoid any slip inside the bathroom. This will be good not just for the kids but also for everyone at home too. You can also keep a rug inside the toilet to keep your kids from slipping.
Keep Bathroom Essentials Away from Kids
Since your children can play with anything in the bathroom, you should keep your essentials in areas your kids can’t reach. Doing this will secure your bathroom essentials will not become playthings, especially for kids who love exploring things inside the house. You won’t tempt and accidentally poison your kids because anything they can’t reach, they can’t ingest.
Do Not Place Toxic Chemicals Inside the Bathroom
You should not place chemicals like bleach, hydrochloric acid, muriatic acid, and other cleaning aids inside the bathroom where kids can locate them. Instead, you can put these chemicals underneath the sink in the kitchen and make sure that it is always locked. These chemicals used for cleaning the house are hazardous for kids and adults alike. If they accidentally spill some chemicals on their skin, wash it immediately with water; otherwise, go to the nearest hospital. In case of ingestion, go directly to the nearest hospital.
Always Check the Water’s Temperature When Bathing Your Kid
When bathing your kids, always make sure that the water is not too hot or too cold. If the water is too hot, their skin might burn. If the water is too cold, they might catch a cold immediately.
Babyproofing your home will keep your little children safer at home. This will also help you maintain your home and keep it orderly and tidy. Ensuring the safety of your kids makes you a great protector. Keeping your kids safe from any harm, especially from any accident at home, will ensure that they will grow in a loving, safe environment.