Safety precautions with a toddler
Safety precautions with a toddler are critical because danger lurks everywhere
When you have a toddler in your home, everything changes. What seemed like a perfectly safe environment before your child started walking is now a land mine. Childproofing your home with a toddler in mind means surveying your living space and implementing all possible safety precautions with a toddler in mind.
Every square foot of your home can potentially be a hazard for a baby that likes to put everything in his mouth. Babies do not have judgment. They do not realize that sticking crayons up their nose or beans in their ears or eating a hot dog that is too big for them to swallow can get them in hot water. They do not know sticking their finger or a fork into an electrical socket can kill them. As a parent, baby health, childproofing and child safety is a huge responsibility.
Covering all electrical sockets with safety caps is a good place to start toddler-proofing your home.
Put latches on your cabinets that contain hazardous products, such as household cleaning items. Put latches on your screen doors and put the latches up high enough that the baby cannot reach them, so he does not topple out the door, headfirst. Babies have been known to escape, toddling down the sidewalk or, worse yet, down the street while their parents are oblivious. A good suggestino is to put bells on your door so you can hear when someone enters or exits.
Install baby safety gates at both the bottom and tops of your stairs to prevent the baby from ascending or descending. Youngsters can take nasty falls on stairways. Do not purchase the old accordion style baby gate. These gates feature a V-shaped opening along the top edge and diamond shaped openings in the sides and a baby can get his head trapped. Adjustable safety gates are now made to be safe and sturdy.
Never leave your toddler alone in a tubful of water and also keep your toilet lids shut to prevent a curious baby from toppling headfirst into the bowl of water. She could drown. It is frightening to think about, but a toddler can drown in a bucket of water.
Keep all medicine out of sight and behind locked doors. Babies can mistake pills for candy.
Examine all of their toys and determine that they are not choking hazards before giving the toy to the baby. Look for loose parts, tears and leaking stuffing. Remove eyes, decorations and other small pieces that could detach and choke a baby. Do not give a toddler a balloon. He can choke on it if it pops or becomes deflated.
Do not situate the baby crib or bed near curtain cords or blind that have cords because they can inadvertently get tangled up in them and choke.
Do not leave your toddler with a dog or a cat, no matter how trusted your pets are. Remember that animals react to stimuli in different ways, and toddlers do not yet know how to touch, approach or interact with a pet. Always supervise your toddler with your pets. Animals are hard to predict; so are small children.
If you have a swimming pool, put a fence around it. These are mandated in some communities. Remove the ladder if it is an above ground pool so the baby cannot get into it. There are alarms that can be installed that will alert you if someone has fallen into your swimming pool. This is a great investment for a pool-owner.
Toy boxes and chest with lids can be a hazard. Kids can get trapped inside and suffocate.Lids can pinch fingers.
Install smoke alarms and make sure they are in working order. Also purchase carbon monoxide alarms. Get a sticker from your fire department and put it on the window of the bedroom that your child is sleeping in. In the event of a fire, this lets firemen know where the child is sleeping.
If you smoke, use a child-resistant lighter. Do not leave matches lying around. Do not leave lit candles within the reach of a baby.
Put window guards on your windows. Many children have fallen out of second or third story windows that were open or have managed to fall through screened windows. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can provide you with information on this product.
Make sure that your toddler is supervised and unable to get into the yard when someone is mowing. When you back out of your driveway, always look first. Some cars are equipped with devices that let the driver know if there is something behind them.
Toddlers need to be in car seats when they are riding in a vehicle. This is NON- NEGOTIABLE. In many states, the driver of a vehicle in which children are unrestrained can be ticketed. Seatbelts, carseats and booster seats save lives.
The list of "dos and don'ts" for toddler safety can be daunting. Although there are many hazards in any home, diligence and being aware of your toddler's activities can keep him safe. Research and purchase the many home safety products available. One of the best ways of toddler-proofing your home is to get down on your hands and knees and explore your home from a toddler's perspective. Often, minor adjustments, like moving heavy furniture or adjusting the height of breakable objects, are effective safety precautions.