A Guide to Childproofing Your Home

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Having children roaming in your home is a true blessing. But, as we know, kids can be clumsy. Especially while they are growing up, sharp objects and hazardous detergents can be dangerous for the well being of the child. Because of this, it’s important to childproof your home.

As you already probably realise it, your home will be the place where your kid starts to learn about the world. So, it’s best to make your home as safe as possible for them. Securing the cabinets and sharp corners in your house will make you feel far more comfortable in your home.

Not only that it will be safer for the kids, you’ll be able to sit down and have a rest without worrying about your child and their safety.

Keeping your baby safe by making your home childproof.

Childproofing your home is a process that is always improving. While making the initial changes to your home it’s important to place yourself in the position of your kid.
See what may be interesting to them, and what they can access.

If your kid is just starting to crawl and walk, there is no need to childproof high cabinets.They won’t be able to reach them.
Instead, make sure to proof the lower cabinets. The places where you store glasses, plates, or any cleaning detergents. It’s important that you find a way to keep fragile things away from children.

Childproofing the kitchen

Childproof kitchen for your kids and make it a safe place!
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Among all rooms, the kitchen might be the most dangerous place for a little child. Sharp cutlery, the oven, and many fragile objects are very dangerous for toddlers. It’s important to know how to childproof the kitchen. Here’s what to do in order to make your kitchen a safer place for your kids:

  • Putting things out of reach.

The first and easiest thing to do is to remove things out of reach. It’s important to understand what is dangerous and easy to reach and move it to a place where your kid won’t be able to reach it.

Any cutlery can be, and should be, moved to a place that’s impossible to reach. Another way is to buy and put magnets that will make opening drawers and cabinet doors harder than usual.

If you think this might be a good decision of the problem, but you struggle with doing it yourself then make sure to call a professional to do it.

  • Keep kids away from hot surfaces and food.

A child’s skin isn’t like ours. It’s very easy for them to get burnt. Even hot coffee and tea can be dangerous to them.
Because of this it’s very important to keep your kids away from spilt food and beverages.

It’s easiest to make a safe area for your kid in which you can let them play while you do your chores in the kitchen. Also, make sure to get stove covers that you can use to put on hot stoves. Any pans should be pushed on the inside of the countertop with the handles inwards.

We would suggest to keep cables on top of countertops and plug them only when using. It’s fairly easy for a kid to pull on a cable and get hurt.

  • Invest in safety gates.

We suggest buying safety gates that will restrain the access of your kid to the kitchen. That way you’ll feel calm knowing the child can’t get inside the kitchen.

  • Detergents and pesticides must be kept away.

Free access to cleaning detergents might be the worst nightmare for a parent. Make sure to either remove or lock the cabinet with detergents.
It’s best if you keep any kind of detergents always locked. It’s the best way to ensure that the kid won’t get access to them.

  • Buy products with child-resistant caps.

It’s a small detail that can save you a lot of trouble. Most of us never think about this, but many of the hazardous detergents and potentially dangerous pills come in a packaging with a child-resistant cap.

  • Proof the oven.

You can easily childproof the oven by putting dial locks. They won’t allow the dial of the oven to move unless removed. It’s very important that you keep them whenever the stove is not in use.

  • Set one cabinet specifically for exploration!

Kids are kids. No matter the things we do to prevent them, they will find a way to get to it. In order to keep their interest set one cabinet (that you think will be safe) and fill it with non-dangerous objects like plastic bowls, wooden spoons etc.
Change the content of the cabinet every so often to keep their interest.

How to childproof the bathroom

Make the bathroom safer for kids!
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After the scary sharp objects in the kitchen, the second dangerous room is the bathroom. Keeping little kids safe in the bathroom takes extra effort. If they are just learning to walk, keeping balance is a lot harder to them than it is to us! There are some things that you can do to help them and make the bathroom a bit safer.

  • Childproofing the bathroom cabinets.

Just like in the kitchen, any cabinets that contain dangerous things must be locked. Any sharp objects must be put out of sight. Store any deodorants, shampoo and body wash away where the kid can’t access it.

  • Safe walking.

In order to keep the kid safe from any potential falls you must buy and put sticky mats in the bathroom (and the bathtub if you have one). That way the bathroom won’t be slippery and the kid will be safe to walk around without you worrying.

  • Restrict access to the bathroom when not in use.

You can install safety gates so your kid can’t enter the bathroom without your supervision.
It’s probably the easiest thing you can do in order to childproof the bathroom.

  • Make sure to never leave the bathtub filled with water.

Kids aren’t like grown people. As grim as it may sound, a child can drown in an inch of water. That’s scary! Make sure to drain any water that you have in your bathtub and never leave a full tub unattended!

  • Remove all electric appliances.

Make sure to put away all appliances which are not in use. Curious kids might manage to get to them and decide to throw them in the water. This can be very dangerous if they are plugged in.

  • Consider installing GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter)

The name is pretty self-explanatory. Simply put a ground-fault circuit interrupter will disrupt any electrical signals if a plugged-in object comes in contact with water.

How to make the house safer

Well, your home doesn’t consist only of a bathroom and you have to make the whole house or apartment childproof. Here are our other recommendations that will be helpful for any room.

  • Install edge bumpers on door handles and any sharp corners.

Keep the head of your child safe by investing in some soft corners. The rubber will keep your kid safe from injuries. Often times children run into door knobs and get injured.

  • Keep medicine stored up high.

That’s the best way to keep it away from a kid’s reach. Consider high cabinets, or somewhere in your bedroom.

  • Lock room where you don’t want the child to go.

Storage room, studies and even bathrooms are best to be kept locked. That way the only one who could enter is you.

  • Get electric outlet guards.

The electric outlet is the perfect height for your kid to reach. Put electric guards to keep kids away from playing with them.

It’s important to adapt your house for your child. Provide the freedom to explore and give him a great childhood. Take these steps to make your home suitable for kids!

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