The safety of your child is up to you! However, no matter how you try to keep your child safe, he/she will still be vulnerable to hurts and falls.
Toddlerhood is particularly the risky stage when the child will want to learn new things alone that expose them to new hazards.
As a careful mummy, a practical approach is to identify all potential hazards then try to reduce the risk. From when your little one is breastfeeding, formula feeding all through to the teen age.
Here are some strategies you may want to look at to plan for your child’s safety when he/she is moving around.
1. Fix Protector Guards on Sharp Corners
Invest in corner protectors and proof guards to lodge on sharp table edges. Your kiddo may also hit the wardrobe and bookshelf with knees or head so don’t forget to stick pads on the sharp points.
Most of these guards are transparent and barely noticeable to maintain the original look of your furnishings. You may also orient the furniture with the edges facing the wall where children often run around.
2. Install Safety Guard on the Entrance to Staircase and Balcony
For crawling toddlers and young kids, install a safety gate in the doorway and on entries to the staircase and balcony. Also, remember to hold your toddler when walking downstairs.
Don’t leave items close to the safety gate that the toddler may use to climb out. For bigger kids, be sure there’s an emergency escape route in the event of fire or any danger in the house.
3. Keep Away Any Item That May Suffocate Your Child
Several items in the house may suffocate your child. Keep ropes, cords, cushions, bedding and other items that may strangle away from children.
Store Items such as pins, buttons and coins in a locked drawer. Also, remember to supervise the child when he/ she is feeding on food that may choke or is in possession of toys and balloons.
4. Put a Boundary Where Your Children Can Go
Children love exploring their environment especially when its playtime. You may be having a gate but kids are crafty and could sneak away.
For older kids, set boundaries on the far they can reach. Set curfew time when your kid should be in the house.
5. Lock away Tools and Potential Chemicals in Cabinet or Separate Room
Kids (usually under 5-years) have a tendency to touch things and put into their mouth. They are curious about what’s in the bottle, in the cabinets, or drawers.
Store medicines, cleaning products, farming chemicals and any household chemical in locked cabinets. You may also dedicate a room where you keep farm chemicals and common products that may lead to unexpected poisoning.
Lock away sophisticated tools such as chainsaws, drills and sharp tools when they’re not in use.
6. Install a Fence and Latch Gate Around Water Pools
The swimming pool in your backyard is a nice place with daring experience, but certainly with its own risks too. Put a boundary around the pool, dam, pond or any body of water.
Do not leave open buckets of water or bath when the child is unsupervised. For kids under 5-years, be sure you close the buckets even when they have your full attention.
7. Keep Electric Appliances Out of Reach of Children
Monitoring a toddler while cooking may not always be possible. Set boundaries on kids not to get to the kitchen when it’s cooking time.
Keep microwaves, ovens, heaters or stoves away from your child’s reach. Even with warnings, remember to watch your child whenever he/she is near hot drinks, water, or items that can burn.
I could go on and on. But these are the major ones to prevent common home injuries to kids. Child Safety is about creating a safe environment and enlightening your kids on basic precautions to maintain a healthy balance so they can explore with freedom. Hopefully, this article helps you take the necessary steps to plan for your child’s safety.