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Toddlers are something else, aren’t they? While I love a good one, two and three years old often they are looking to get into whatever they can get their little hands on! Am I right? We all watch our children, and we all want what is best for them, however, we often have more than one child, we have to make dinner somehow and if you are like us we have multiple children running around at just about any given time but what happens when we need to make dinner? Or run to the bathroom? Do we have to take our toddlers with us?
Well, that’s an option or you can make sure your home is toddler-friendly by doing these following things to keep them safe in the home! Of course, there are many other ways but these are what come to mind as we had to make sure we did all of these recently when Hanna started to explore and really get into well everything.
- Cover: Cover all electrical outlets with these outlet covers
- Latch and lock: Make sure doors leading outside have alternative latches and locks in addition to your normal locks.
- Anchor down: Big shelves, bookcases and even tv stands and dressers with these Anti-Tip Furniture Anchors.
- Keep bathroom doors shut at all times: Otherwise, make sure you use a doorstop (like this) so little ones don’t get locked in the bathroom, where they can and will create a mess and could suffer accidents.
- Kitchen locks: Have locks on all kitchen cupboards including under the sink (so important) so they can’t get into cleaning supplies or the food cupboards, they can get into ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. These are what we use or you can simply drape a towel over the top of the door so it won’t close.
- Out of reach: Put candles out of reach as well as any glass trinkets (ornaments, decorations, etc)
- Switch to mounted TVs: This is what we did after many videos circulating online having children climb tv stands and fall on top of them. Eliminate this risk completely but mounting your televisions to the wall.
- Hide wires: There are many things you can get to hide wires, especially if you do above and mount TVs. I used a curtain to hang under my tv to cover all the wires, and it looks amazing but also no kids know what is behind it so they don’t touch!
- Keep remotes out of reach: Battery cover goes missing, and a child could swallow a battery. Keep them out of arms reach so this isn’t a possibility.
- Gas Stove: Did you know they have covers for the knobs? Get them here, keep the kids from being able to turn on and off the burners (which are exactly toddlers height!)
- Safety door features: Did you know that one of the most common accidents at home involves toddlers and fingertips? Make sure they can’t slam doors on their fingers, or that another person can’t and pick up these door stops so doors in your home can’t slam shut.
- Sliding glass door locks: Keep them secure by simply adding a sliding glass door lock to the doors.
- Baby Gate the Stairs: Although our toddler can go up/down the stairs we don’t let her alone. Keeping our stairs gated makes sure she doesn’t try without an adult. We use this gate at our stairs. Everyone who visits comments on what a fabulous gate it is and how well it works.
Do you have any that would make a great addition to this list? I’d love to hear them, leave me a comment below!