Are you gearing up for toddler proofing the house? My husband and I thought that we were past that stage but we were recently blessed with the opportunity for me to watch a playful little boy during the day while his mother is at work. My own children are now in the preschool and early elementary phase of life. So, toddlerhood wasn’t that long ago for me and yet it’s amazing at how many things you can forget about. The memories began flooding in after the first couple of days of this little guy being in my life.
Maybe you are toddler proofing the house for the first time ever or perhaps this is another go around for you. Whatever the case may be I thought that I would talk to you today about some of the many ways to begin toddler proofing the house, these are the places that sometimes you may think about and sometimes you may not think about. Of course, this list is going to vary house by house also. For instance, I have a rather large staircase in my living room, you may not.
Easy Steps To Toddler Proofing The House
Get down on a toddler’s eye level
From down on your knees or even from your stomach you are likely to notice things that you’ve never seen before. Is there something under the couch? What about wires from below the TV stand? Is something really heavy or fragile on the edge of a shelf?
Look for bright colors and small parts
Kids love bright colors and anything small enough to pick up with two fingers. Life from their viewpoint is much different and objects that you view as ordinary, such as loose change or magnets can be dangerous items of fascination for them.
Think of the house as a playground
I know, as a parent you are supposed to teach your child how to behave and the house isn’t meant to be a giant jungle gym. However, until you teach them that it’s not a playground, then it is and it takes time to teach them that lesson. So, think of the house as a playground and ask yourself what looks like it would be fun to climb on?
Places To Consider When Toddler Proofing The House
Can your child pull the door open?
The Stove Top
Can your child reach the top?
Be safe, not sorry and cover them
Now is the time to consider keeping the lid down. For added protection check out these awesome toilet seats. We installed them throughout the entire house and love them!
You can turn the temperature down on the hot water heater until they know hot from cold. This is especially useful during the potty training years.
Do you have a knife drawer or knife block in your kitchen? Can your toddler reach it?
Unless you want to make the same mistake that I made I would suggest hiding all crayons and markers in a place that your kids can’t get to. This isn’t a safety tip but worth mentioning.