Top 10 Rules for Toddler Safety at Home
Toddlers are full of energy, curiosity, and excitement. They constantly move and find new ways to explore the world around them. Parents need to keep safety in mind when it comes to their toddler’s surroundings.bToddlers are always learning about the world around them and their surroundings. They are continuously testing their limits and gaining new skills. This makes it essential for parents to create a safe environment for their children at home. By following these simple rules, parents can make sure that their toddler is safe no matter where they go in the house.
Keep your home clean.
Your home should be a safe and clean place for your toddler to play. This means that you should keep the floors, countertops, and surfaces clear of any dangerous items. If toys are lying around that are broken or sharp objects, pick them up and throw them away.
Keep sharp objects out of reach.
You should never leave scissors or knives around where a toddler can get them. If furniture has sharp corners, cover them with padding or rounded blocks of wood to prevent injury.
Secure heavy furniture to the walls.
Heavy furniture, such as televisions or bookcases, should be secured to the walls with screws or bolts. You should also make sure that there are no gaps between the wall and the surface where a toddler could get stuck.
Cover electric outlets and put away cords.
You should cover all electrical outlets in your home with plastic caps to prevent a toddler from sticking a finger or object into an open outlet. Also, ensure that any cords are out of reach and secured so they can’t be pulled on or tripped over.
Keep stairways clear and use safety gates.
Stairways are one of the most dangerous areas in a home for small children. Keep staircases clear of anything that could cause your toddler to fall, such as boxes and toys. If you have a staircase with more than one flight of stairs, it is important to install a child gate so your child can’t go up and down the stairs without supervision.
Be aware of windows and balconies.
Toddlers are drawn to windows because they are naturally curious and enjoy looking at what is outside. Be aware of your environment and prevent your toddler from running into a window when you have them out in the open. Ensure the balcony is locked or has safety gates so your toddler can’t fall out if they climb over the railing.
Use a toilet seat lock.
Many toddlers, while playing or exploring, will happen in the bathroom. A toilet is full of bacteria and germs that can make a child sick. Protecting your child using a child-proof lock on the toilet seat is important.
Use safety alarms on doors and windows.
With all their excitement and energy, toddlers love running around the house. There is a chance they may run out and be in danger if they open a door that leads outside or wanders into an area that is not safe. Install safety alarms on all doors and windows, so you will know when they are being opened.
Store foods in the proper places.
It is important to teach your toddler about what foods are good to eat and what foods should be avoided. There should also be a place in your home where you keep these foods, so they are not in plain sight. This will help your toddler from eating something that could make them sick.
Never leave your toddler alone around water.
No matter the child’s age, leaving your child alone around water is unsafe. You should never leave your children alone in the kitchen or bathroom, even for a few minutes. It can be dangerous even to turn on the faucet alone because drowning may be possible, even if it happens slowly and quietly.
Keep these tips in mind to keep your toddler safe at home. With the right supervision, a toddler can be safe no matter where they are. Teaching your child life lessons at a young age will help them get a good start. Keep your home safe for your toddler in order to avoid any accidents.
By Andrea Gibbs
Andrea Gibbs is the Content Manager at SpringHive Web Agency, where she helps create content for their clients’ blogs and websites. She is currently a blog contributor at Montessori Academy, a blog dedicated to helping parents with the ins and outs of parenting children within the Montessori tradition. She enjoys spending time with her family and dog when she isn’t writing.
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