Toddlers are amazing little creatures that amuse us and make our hearts melt every single day; however, they’re also little daredevils and you can’t take your eyes off them for a second.
Most of us will start thinking about childproofing as soon as our baby’s born. We'll start making our way through the basic checklist, but there are also a few hidden dangers that are helpful to consider.
Here are six problem areas that might not immediately spring to mind.
Kids love to jump on everything and even though the floor doesn’t seem dangerous initially, it is sensible to stick non-slip pads under rugs. This will stop the rug from skidding across the floor and will help prevent your child from falling.
Matches are a clear no-no to leave around children. However, loose or stand-alone candles can also pose a threat. If they are left in reach, a child could chew on a candle and choke on the wax. It’s best to keep them well away and only bring them out and light them in the evening.
Everyone is aware of the risk of drowning, but you may not have thought of a toilet as a hazard. In fact, if the lid is left up there is a chance that a toddler could stick their head in, topple over and get stuck. Latches are available to keep the toilet seat down and this will eliminate the problem.
Even though we are using cash less and less, no doubt you still have coins in your wallet and the kids’ piggy banks. Coins can easily choke children and so they should always be kept out of reach. Don’t forget to check coat pockets for loose change that they could take too.
Tablecloths may be on-trend but unfortunately, they also pose a threat. As we know, toddlers love to grab things and if they catch hold of a corner, they’ll pull the tablecloth and everything on it down on themselves. This could include hot items, glasses and knives. Although they are good at protecting your surface, it’s not worth the risk.
Most toddlers grow to love bath time and enjoy spending time playing with their sibling. Normally you have to be conscious not to sit anyone near the tap as they could bang their head on it. A rubber bath spout cover will ensure that everyone is protected and they even come in fun designs too.
The more you think about childproofing now, the more you can relax and enjoy watching your kids grow into… sensible teenagers! Don’t they say every stage of being a parent is stressful!