The transition from baby to toddler is a very exciting time, however it can be a very daunting time for parents also. Here are some tips on how to toddler proof your British Virgin Islands Home ready for when your little one begins exploring.
1. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is a great method for parents to become more aware of the potential danger points when making their house safe. A good tip is to get down onto your hands and knees to be at your childs level and look out for sharp corners, electrical sockets, trip hazards, falling objects and anything that may be opened easily – for example drawers and cabinets. You’ll notice lots of things that you would not notice when standing.
2. Your kitchen is one of the the most hazardous rooms in your home, small children are at risk from burns and scalds, potential poisoning accidents and it is also the place where sharp objects lurk. Prevent burnt fingers by using the back rings on your hob instead of the front ones. Store cleaning items in wall cabinets so that little ones cannot get to them, make sure the caps are in the ‘off’ position and where possible buy items that have child safety lids. Try to limit the amount of utensils you use in the kitchen so that you do not lose track of them or accidentally knock one on the floor.
3. Sharp corners, fire places, cables, wires and electrical sockets – the risks soon accumulate in the lounge. Always use a fireguard, even if you have an electric fire, because the warmth from the glass can still cause serious burns to children. Take away temptation from your child by moving ornaments and picture frames from their reach and keep wires away from little hands to stop your explorer tugging at them.
4. Now your little adventurer is mobile, the steps will seem like a fun place to play for them but falling down them is one of the most common accidents for toddlers. Purchase a wall-mounted safety gate at the top of the stairs – ensure it is screwed directly into the wall and doesn’t have a bar across the bottom as this can also be a trip hazard. A pressure fit or wall mounted safety gate may also be used at the bottom of the stairs.
5. When your child moves from a cot to a bed they will then have the freedom of the whole bedroom – even if you are not there! Move all creams and lotions from lower drawers or use a lock and ensure nappy bags are also stored securely. When your child is in bed sleeping a soft sided bed rail will prevent them falling from the new bed.
6. As your child becomes more independent and curious, the toilet frequently turns into a new toy and the bathroom a preferred playground. Use a toilet lid lock to avoid belongings being lost down the toilet; it’s very important that you ensure certain bottles and medications are put away in a locked cabinet. Radiators and towel rails are also something to be aware of as they can burn children when they are switched on. If your child is having a bath it is critical that they are supervised at all times.
With these tips your toddler will be safe and you can have the piece of mind that they are safe in every room of your home.