A lot of parents spend endless hours on teaching their children about the dangers of talking to strangers, and bullies. They worry about their child being exposed to violence, and on stranger abductions, and about what kind of environment their children are exposed to everyday.
We have all seen ‘Taken’ right? Good. While all that is part of being a parent and unavoidable, a surprisingly large number of parents tend to forget about one of the biggest dangers to their child’s well-being and safety, which is their own home!
We aren’t just putting down words on a piece of paper; we have statistics backed by experts showing that children between 1 and 4 years old are at a greater risk of being killed or injured by falls, poisoning, choking, drowning, burns and fire, than by any other outside factor.
Not every parent has a particular set of skills acquired over a lifetime to use when it comes to rescuing their child, but almost every parent can consider child-proofing their home for their kid.
Records from the U.S. Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention show that around 2.3 million children are injured accidentally in their home, and nearly 3,000 are killed! The numbers make for grim reading, but you can easily change them by child-proofing your home today.
It isn’t that hard to get started, and with our child-proofing checklist, we will help you get the right home safety measures in your home so that your little ones can play and fool around with no scares. Babies are clumsy and they tend to fall, crawl, climb, and squeeze into places you wouldn’t even imagine.
Sure they look cute, but leave them alone and unsupervised for a certain amount of time, and they can become wrathful little balls of destruction, capable of burning a house down, or killing themselves! We don’t mean to paint a dark picture, but you really need to take child-proofing your home seriously, and it all starts from here. So here is what you should do when it comes to child-proofing your home today.
Make sure you have VOC-free paints
When welcoming a new baby into your home, you must already be thinking about getting a new baby room, designing it according to how you want your little one to grow up. However, when applying paint to the new room, make sure that it is VOC-free, since the smell of a room that has been freshly painted isn’t healthy for the baby.
VOC or volatile organic compound paint come in lots of different finishes and colors and are a great choice to have for your baby’s new room.
Get hardwood flooring
While this may sound contradictory towards child-proofing your home, there are incredible benefits you can get by installing hardwood flooring. Most parents consider installing carpeting throughout their home, but hardwood flooring is better. They are a much more expensive option, but are better for the health of your child.
Not only are hardwood floors easier to clean, but you will also not have to deal with any dust, mites, and bacteria that may irritate your child. Hardwood floors are a great choice if you have a family history of allergies.
Fasten bookshelves to the wall
Your little toddler is going to be one hell of an adventurer and your entire home will be theirs to explore. Little ones love climbing, and your house will look like a giant jungle-gym for them. Watching your little one fall off a sofa will make your heart miss a beat, but you will go through all the emotions you had as a child watching Mufasa fall off that cliff, if you see your child falling off a bookshelf.
Little ones also love handling and touching things while they walk, crawl, and stumble around the home, so make sure that you fasten all tall furniture that they may easily grab and tip over themselves.
Don’t have any footholds on banisters
A handrail or a banister can do wonders for the ambiance of a room, making it more dramatic as well, but your little adventurer could be in a world of trouble if they ever manage to find a foothold that allows them to get on top of it. You really don’t want to be in that situation, so make sure that any banisters or handrails you have installed in your home don’t have any foothold.
Get locks for cupboard doors and drawers
This is one of the most obvious suggestions for child-proofing your home, but it’s easy to forget doing that. Get locks for your drawers, cupboard doors and anything else that may open. Kids have a curious mind, which often leads them into situations where they may come into contact with dangerous utensils or chemicals.
Install Rounded door knobs and corners
When child-proofing your home, you should really look to invest in getting rounded door knobs and counter corners. This will protect your child from bumping their head into hard and sharp surfaces or any edges that may cause serious injury. You can easily acquire corner guards, which provide adequate protection to any child trying to knock themselves out.
Getting rounded door knobs will also prevent your toddler from accidently opening closed doors and venturing off into inviting spaces. These door knobs don’t allow little hands to turn them, which is why Donald Trump is reportedly looking to replace all rounded door knobs in the White House.
Safety is cost-effective and simple
In order to safely child-proof your home, you need to see the world from the perspective of your little one. Do you remember the time when you were a kid and would get into a world of trouble? Your home might be warm, snug and cozy to you, but for a little kid it can be an extremely dangerous place.
So get down and crawl on all fours, and you will soon find plenty of sharp edges and corners, where a child may injure themselves, or even find power outlets at eye level. Keep in mind that little ones can also climb furniture, and you’ll definitely understand how important it is to child-proof your home today. It is after all better to be safe than to be sorry!