Child Safety 101: Keeping Your Toddler Safe at Home
Once a child has reached toddler age, you’ll find they’re harder to keep up with. They’re busy exploring their environment and getting into all sorts of mischief. Protecting them against unseen dangers becomes a mission for you and the other occupants of your home. That way, the child is being taken care of no matter whose care they are in.
If a family member or friend sits for you while you’re away after you’ve given birth, you have the peace of mind of knowing that your son or daughter is safe in their care. Child safety locks are securely in place and the pool and hot tub are completely covered. There are no chemicals within the child’s reach and electrical outlets are no longer a temptation because of the plastic protectors that have been placed over them. You have fewer potential threats in the home because you thought long and hard about how to protect your little one in every way that you can.
This list serves as a comprehensive guide for keeping your toddler safe at home.
In the Tub
Accidental drownings occur in even a small amount of water. That’s why only two to three inches of water is needed in the tub at any time a toddler is in it. You’ll want just enough water to cover their legs. More is not necessary because you can use a cup to rinse the baby shampoo out of their hair and the soap off of their body.
Staying with the child the entire time they are in the tub is advisable. You’ll be better able to ensure their safety that way. You also can control the temperature of the water by using your wrist to gauge the warmth of it. Warm water is what you want, not hot as it could burn the child’s skin. Next time you take them for a quick bath, make sure to keep these safety measures for toddlers in mind.
Inside the Car
A safety website approved rear-facing car seat is necessary for all trips involving automobiles. It’s the law until a child reaches the height and weight deemed necessary to face forward in the seat. They’ll remain in rear-facing child safety seats until they are about four years old or 40 pounds.
Making sure that the car seat is properly restrained is imperative. When in doubt, have the local fire department check things out for you. The fire staff there knows what to look for in regards to safety guidelines.
In the Crib
Among the most dangerous places in the home is the crib when a baby is left unsupervised. Safeguarding this space is essential to the health and well-being of the toddler. Remove all risks to child safety such as crib bumpers, hanging toys and mobiles, and corded blinds from the room your baby sleeps in and that you nurse them in.
You’ll also want to keep soft pillows and blankets out of your toddler’s crib while they are sleeping. That way, they don’t experience breathing problems while you’re in another room. Having a baby monitor that allows you to see and hear your child while you take care of tasks around the house helps ensure safety at home for kids.
Gain Peace of Mind Knowing That Your Home is Safe for Your Little One
Toddler-proofing your home takes time but protects your child from potentially dangerous situations. Now that you know how to do it effortlessly, you’ll have no problem preparing your living space for your little explorer. You won’t be worrying every minute about your toddler’s safety.
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Do you think that childproofing your home is enough to keep your toddler safe from possible injuries?