It’s such a proud moment when your baby starts becoming mobile. You probably tried to get it on video. As much as I love baby snuggles, it truly is incredible to have a front-row seat as your child grows, learns and tries new things. With that, though, comes incredible responsibility – and babyproofing. Your young child isn’t likely going to be afraid of anything in your house; he doesn’t know what is dangerous. It’s up to you to ensure that your home is a safe place for your little one to explore!
1. Electrical outlets
If you are in that stage where it’s time to start babyproofing your house, here are some areas you don’t want to miss! Some toddlers would never even think about touching an electrical outlet. It just doesn’t register as something interesting to do! Others are so curious that they will try anything, just to see what will happen. You never know which type of kid you’re going to have! I’ve had both. Believe me: secure every single outlet in your home, whether or not you think it’s necessary. It’s not worth the risk.
Make sure you have baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs! You turn your eyes for a second, and your toddler could take a tumble.
3. Secure your TV and other heavy furniture
It’s tempting to believe that your little one could not possibly be strong enough to pull over a bookshelf, but of course, they are! Toddlers love to climb and don’t want to wait for Mom or Dad to come and grab something off the top shelf. It’s not just your little one’s arms pulling on a heavy bookshelf, it is literally your child’s full body weight. PLEASE secure your furniture to the wall! Same with TVs. If you still have your flat screen sitting on a TV stand, consider selling or donating that thing and secure your TV to the wall!
4. Cabinets and Drawers
This is especially true in the kitchen and bathrooms! Medications, cleaning supplies, and other hazardous objects should always be kept in locked cabinets, or cabinets that are well out of reach of your little one.
Cords refer to any type of cord in your home, whether it is electrical cords or cords hanging from your window shades. Any kind of cords are a strangulation hazard and should be secured at all times. Electrical tape can be used to secure electrical cords to the wall or floor. For window shade cords, you can purchase small hooks that can be secured to the wall for wrapping cords around.
6. Pet supplies
Pet supplies should also be kept out of reach of children. Dog and cat food can be a choking hazard, and kitty litter comes with its own set of obvious (and disgusting) dangers. Pet supplies should be kept in a room that is not accessible to your child, or on the floor only under direct supervision.
A high lock on your outside doors is a good idea for any home, but imperative for homes that have hot tubs, pools, or other bodies of open water in the yard. Always assume that your child is capable of more than you think she is. It only takes a second for a child to unlock a door and get outside.
Start the babyproofing process early, long before your child is mobile! Children grow and develop so quickly. Blink and you’ll have a mobile infant. Make sure you’re prepared for it!
About the Author:
Stacy grew up in Minnesota but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Stacy married her husband Jesse in 2011, and they moved to Oklahoma City to grow their family. They currently have three children; a 12-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old boy. Though she will be parenting for the rest of her natural days, she deeply appreciates the age differences between her kids. Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since Baby #3 was born, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and uses writing as her creative outlet. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, copious amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing Pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.