As a parent, you try to prepare yourself for the moment when your precious newborn transitions from an infant that relies on you for everything, to a determined toddler running around the home exploring every nook and cranny. No doubt that you can expect to get your “steps in” chasing your little one, but have you taken the time to ensure your new home has been safety proofed?
It’s never too early to childproof your indoor living areas, whether you are already in the home your children will be raised in, or you’re about to step into a new one. We’ve taken time to compile a list of just a few safety items you can consider, and purchase from the convenience of your home – Thanks, Amazon!
Once your little one is walking, many seem to sky-rocket in height. As they become nimbler on their feet, their speed will increase too. Counter corner protectors are very suitable to avoid head bumps and bruises.
Your kitchen drawers most likely include sharp items, knives, and forks. Magnetic drawer locks can help prevent your babe from getting their hands-on items they shouldn’t be anywhere near. With magnetic cupboard locks, you can help eliminate potential damage to your cabinetry, since in most case you don’t need major tools and drilling.
A refrigerator combination lock may seem a bit silly, but as your child starts to get older, you can count on them figuring out where the juice and snacks are being stored. Denying them access to the fridge means no climbing the shelves or pulling things outside of the fridge.
It seems that everyone has the story about how they learned what “it’s hot” really means after touching the stove as a child. Stove knob covers should be considered to avoid any potential hazards.
You most likely have a flat screen over a large boxed projection TV, but that doesn’t mean you are in the clear of a hazard. All televisions, whether on a stand or wall, should be mounted properly to ensure it’s stability.
Just like your TV, fasten down those dressers. Furniture can easily look like a fun jungle gym to your tike. Dresser fasteners work to prevent issues of large furniture tipping onto a child.
Do you have valuables, such as jewelry that can easily become a choking hazard? Jewelry storage pieces can help hide and organize your treasures.
A lid lock can be especially valuable for young ones just learning to walk and have the need to touch everything! A toilet lid lock can provide peace of mind that your kiddo won’t be playing in that water.
Having a sturdy step stool for the toilet and bathtub is a great idea. It can help reduce the risk of children who are not yet tall enough to reach the toilet and bathtub with ease.
Just like your little pride and joy, every home is different and should be evaluated differently to help make it safer. Here are a few more items you’ve probably already considered.
- Baby gate
- Outlet covers
- Sliding glass door locks
- Windows locks
- Motion sensor night light
- Doorknob covers
- Stair rail net
- Fireplace child guard
There are thousands of devices and products to help take the best steps when child-proofing the inside of your home. Take time to research what may work best for your family and home. You can also consider hiring a professional that will take on this chore for you.
While it’s always a good idea to take safety precautions with your children, none of the items we listed are comparable to a real human. Please always keep an eye on them and know that if you’re looking to make a move into a home that suits your growing family, Offerpad can help your purchase or sell a home.