Toddler Proofing Your Home

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by Nicole on March 2, 2011 · 3 comments

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People talk all the time about “baby proofing” your home to make it truly safe, but a better term would be toddler proofing. Once your little one hits a year and gets his feet under him and starts walking, you will find hidden dangers lurking around every corner of your home. Once he begins to climb up on things, those dangers are going to multiply even more.

The key to toddler proofing your home is getting down on your baby’s level. What sharp, hard, and potentially hazardous things are within reach? What would tempt him to climb, and if there are objects, could they fall on him?

Go around your house and plug all electrical outlets. These are very tempting to little hands and fingers. Then, make sure all chemicals and medications are up high and out of sight. The top shelf of your linen closet is a good place. Lock the doors to cabinets or closets with these hazardous substances, and make sure the lock is not one your toddler will be able to figure out. Place sharp objects, like knives, well out of reach from standing and climbing kids. Tuck electrical cords and the pull cords from mini blinds out of reach, as these pose a strangulation hazard.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. You will need to get on your knees and go through every part of your home to search for hazards. After you have done this, there will still be dangers, but you will know that you have done all you can to protect your baby by toddler proofing your house.

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Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Ally March 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Also don’t let your toddlers go near chairs and other furniture that is near the window. Locked and secure the windows to be sure.

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Savannah March 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

Good advice. Remember also that screens are not enough of a preventative measure on the windows – they’re not strong enough to withstand a toddler’s weight, and can break if enough pressure is put on them. The window needs to be securely shut!

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Angie March 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

Great tips you have provided. I think that if you do not get down on their level you will not be able to see what they can all get into. Make sure that candles are high up so they can not get at them and try to eat them since they smell so enticing. And do not forget about pet food. They can get into this very easily as well so have it in a safe area.

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