As a first-time parent, you panic about literally everything. Everything that was once great about the world is now either unsafe, too sharp, not soft enough, or simply not good enough for your precious bundle of screaming joy.
By the time you have your second child, things are usually a little less headless chicken and a lot more quietly confident but still hesitant. You’ve come to realize that the odds of the floor dissolving under their cute, podgy little toes is not as likely as you once feared.
That being said, there are still several things that every parent needs to inspect around their home before that sweet little angel starts crawling and walking. Below are five of the most vital ways to make your house safer for your toddler:
Toddler Safety – Minimize Drowning Risks
Drowning is one of the most common, tragic safety risks for toddlers at home. No matter what water source your child is near, constant supervision is a must. Whether they are in the tub, the pool, or even just walking next to the pond – always be on high alert.
Empty or cover all possible drowning hazards, and put a fence or wall around pools and ponds.
Keep Windows and Doors Locked
Toddlers toddle – it’s right there in their name. Once they reach this age, curiosity takes over and they get themselves into all sorts of trouble and mischief. To allow their little bodies to explore their surroundings, first, ensure that all windows and doors that are within reach are closed and locked.
Keep safety guards on the windows, especially the ones in their bedroom, toddlers are quick learners and excellent problem solvers when they put their minds to it.
Toddler Safety – Safety Rails
Modular handrails are great for little hands. They help keep them steady when they’re learning to walk, especially between large furniture items where the path is otherwise intimidating.
These nifty safety gadgets can be installed on a bed too – to keep your little wild child from rolling out of bed at night. Combine functionality with stylish good looks, and your handrails can stay up all year round and still look great.
Install Security Cameras
No matter how much effort you put into securing your home for your toddler, there will almost always be one sneaky loophole that crops up and negates practically everything. By installing security cameras in your home, you will be kept safe from intruders and be able to keep an eye on your little one when you’re not home.
Nanny cams have been used for decades to keep an eye on childcarers, and no parent regrets installing them.
Invest In The Right Furniture
Furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, with modern furniture pieces often comprising glass tops. If possible, choose soft, comfortable living room furniture that won’t shatter into a million pieces if it gets banged by a set of angry little fists.
Toddlers (for those of you who somehow aren’t aware) are highly prone to temper tantrums. That doesn’t mean your child is naughty – it is just something they go through as they learn to process big emotions in a little body.
Keep your furniture durable and soft – and your toddler safe.