Toddlers are curious and extremely mobile. Toddler proofing your home is important to your toddler’s safety. Many toddlers can climb and reach things that babies can’t. Thus, toddler proofing your house is a step beyond baby proofing. Here is a room by room guide along with products to help you make your house safer.
The kitchen is a place with plenty of dangers including open flames, hot surfaces and knives. Some toddler proofing tips for this room is to cover the temperature knobs with covers. This prevents tiny hands from reaching up and accidentally turning on the stovetop. You can get knob covers for $8.99 at toysrus.com. In addition, it is best to only cook on the back burners. If you do cook on the front burners, consider getting a stove guard. Find one at onestepahead.com for $22.95. Finally, make sure all drawers and cabinets have baby locks on them. Keep choking hazards, like nuts and popcorn, high up in the pantry so your toddler can’t quickly grab it.
Put razor blades, cleaners, toothpaste and even things like shampoo out of your toddler’s reach. One of the best products I have even gotten was a spout guard. I got a munchkin spout guard for about five dollars. It has saved my daughter from banging her head on the waterspout many times. To prevent slipping, consider getting anti-slip decals or a bath math to avoid falls.
Bedrooms and Living Spaces
In my opinion, the less furniture you have the better. If you have a coffee table with corners or with glass, consider storing it somewhere until your children are older. You can get guards for the coffee table but sometimes they can ruin the table. Next, secure bookcases, dressers and other tip-able items to the wall. Finally, if your toddler has discovered how to open doors, it is best to get knob covers to prevent your child from running outside. Typically, levers are the easiest to open. Finally, keep all window cords out of reach and keep windows secure. A child that is heavy enough can easily fall through a screen. Consider getting a window guard to help secure your windows. You may want to keep a toddler out of some rooms completely with a baby gate.
People often cover electrical outlets when their children are babies. However, as babies get older and stronger they can often pull off the plastic outlet covers. A good idea is to get outlet covers that automatically cover the outlet when the plug is removed. Get a three pack at amazon.com for $8.95.
The best way to prevent injuries is to not leave toddlers unsupervised. Toddlers can find mischief anywhere.