As a fairly new parent, I worry incessantly about my 2-year-old getting hurt, sick, bullied, abducted, or drowning. Sometimes I forget about how dangerous my own house can be. Chemicals, hot stoves, pools, ponds, electrical outlets, and heavy furniture are just a few of the looming dangers lurking in plain sight. As my son gets older and becomes more curious, I fear less about bumps and bruises, and more about ingesting chemicals or wandering to the pond behind our home. This is why I baby proof everything!
Baby proofing your home is not a new invention. Safety gates and outlet covers have been around for years and are probably still some of the most common household childproofing items. But if you have a toddler like mine (curious and stubborn), then you know these aren’t enough.
Not only do I have an inquisitive young child but he’s also very independent. He wants to do things on his own, like make his own food and let the dog out to go pee. It’s a trait I know will serve him well in due time but not when he’s 2 years old! He doesn’t yet grasp that the hot stove will burn his fingers if he touches it or that if he wanders outside by himself he could get hurt or lost.
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For these reasons, my house is like Fort Knox (sort of). I have magnetic door locks on kitchen cabinets—annoying but necessary, finger pinch guards for doors, self-closing outlet covers, glow in the dark door knob covers, sliding door and window locks, slide locks on chests, a refrigerator lock, latches on cabinets and drawers, soft covered tub spouts, anti-slip rugs, anti-slip bathtub mats, bedroom cameras, every piece of heavy furniture is anchored to the wall, and before potty training (a post for another time), every toilet seat was strapped down!
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Check out some of this safety gear I use for Child Proofing my home:
Glow in the dark door knob covers
Magnetic door locks
Sliding door and window locks
Sliding Cabinet Locks
Bathtub spout cover
Anti-slip tub mat
Finger pinch guards for doors
Power strip covers
Stove knob covers
Self-closing outlet covers
Anti-Tip TV Straps
All the protective measures I take to keep my son safe in our home, and yet I can’t get him to wear a helmet on his bike! Ironic, I know.
It may sound obsessive, the measures I take to Child Proof my home but I believe that as our society has evolved we have become more aware of the things that can cause harm to our children and there are so many new and inventive ways to keep them safe. I’ll admit, I sometimes sigh with frustration when trying to open locked cabinets (especially when the key has been misplaced) but I know that Child Proofing is well worth it!
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Do you believe in Child Proofing Your Home? What measures do you take to keep your kids safe in their own home? Share in the comments below.
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