If you have a toddler, then you know how active they can be! With this in mind, it’s important to make sure that you toddlerproof your house as much as possible. They are always climbing, running, and exploring, particularly in their rooms when left to “sleep”. This can be a lot of fun, but it also means that you need to take some extra precautions to make sure your home is safe for them.
Our top 6 ways to toddlerproof your house
Cover electric sockets
One of the most important things you can do to toddlerproof your house is to childproof all of the plug sockets. This will help prevent your child from sticking their fingers or other objects into them and getting electrocuted. You can buy socket covers at most places online and in-store in the family safety areas.
Fix cupboard locks
Another important thing to do is to make sure all cleaning products are out of reach. Cupboard locks, or cabinet locks stop cupboards being fully opened and washing products should be kept up high on shelves or high cupboards that can easily be accessed by a toddler.
Prevent choking hazards
It is also important to remove any potential choking hazards from your home. When you come to toddlerproof your house, remember that toddlers put everything in their mouths, so it is important to get rid of small items that they could choke on. This includes things like coins, buttons, and small toys.
Fix furniture to the walls
In addition, making sure that bedroom and other furniture is securely anchored to the wall will help prevent it from tipping over if your child tries to climb on it.
Set up babygates
Don’t forget the stairs! Babygates are a common purchase once little ones start crawling and walking. Fitting a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs help prevents your child from trying to climb up or down the stairs and getting hurt, and restricts toddlers to certain rooms when you want to keep them safe.
Install window restrictors
Windows – our particular area of expertise! Install a retrofitted window restrictor on your opening windows, particularly on upper floors, to prevent your child from opening the window and falling out. You can take a look at our range here. If you have any questions on what window restrictors are most suitable for your home, give us a call and we’ll talk through a solution with you.
Create a safe zone
Finally, you should create a “safe zone” in your home for your child to play in. This can be an area with soft flooring, such as a carpeted room or a playroom with foam mats. This will provide a safe place for your child to play without you having to worry about them getting hurt.
Toddler Window Safety Information
Window safety is an important issue to consider when toddler proofing your home. We have a few more posts with tips on how to make your home safe for little ones. Be sure to check them out here.
A guide to baby proofing windows