As a parent, it’s so important to me to make sure I’m creating a safe environment for my little ones and taking the appropriate steps to childproof my home. But even if you feel pretty confident that you've done a thorough job, chances are you've missed something.
And because there’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to the safety of your kids, it's smart to be prepared for the worst. Here are a few of my top, at times overlooked, tips, room by room to effectively childproof your home.
Let’s start off in a place where we spend a ton of time with the family - the living room. It’s best if you mount your TV securely to the wall. Kids love to climb, so if the TV is simply sitting on top of a stand, you risk the chance of that falling over and causing injury.
You’ll also want to be sure that no power strips are exposed - hide these behind furniture or if they must be exposed, invest in a power strip cover.
Moving to another room we spend a lot of our time - the kitchen! Because this room is full of things like knives and cleaning products, make sure this area is gated and totally off-limits when you’re not around.
If your curious child is able to pull the fridge open, consider installing a latch and at the very least, make sure you’re always aware of what’s in there. Always keep choking hazards like grapes, breakables like wine bottles and medications out of reach on high shelves.
Most toddlers can reach onto the kitchen counter top, which means they can easily overturn appliances and other heavy and dangerous items sitting out. Even if your coffeemaker is set toward the back of the counter, make sure the cords aren’t sticking out. You’ll also want to hide any stools from being around since kids can use it get to off limit areas.
Now on to a room that I think is often overlooked the most when it comes to the child proofing process - the laundry room. This is a crucial space to consider, especially given the fact that everyday items can become dangerous in little hands.
I love using laundry packets. They are so convenient especially as a parent who does a TON of laundry all the time and when used properly, they’re safe to use. However, it is very important to always keep them up, closed and away from children in order to keep them safe.
Definitely do not leave these packets or other items like pre-wash and spray bottles on top of your washer and dryer with kids around- no matter how easy or convenient it may seem. This is another room of your home where cabinet latches and high, out of reach shelves need to be enforced.