Little ones generally take their first steps between the age of nine and 12 months old, with all three of my boys being on the 10 month mark, it wasn’t long before those first wobbly steps turned into wobbly sprints which I admit can be hard to catch up with sometimes! It doesn’t take long before you learn to true meaning of silence isn’t golden, it’s suspicious either, 3 toothbrushes and an eraser stuffed down our plug w
hole of testament to that!
If this already sounds a little familiar or you’re bracing yourself for the bumps, clatters and creativity that will fill your home once your infant is more confident in their footsteps, read on for a few essential safety tips!
Grow eyes in the back of your head
While growing eyes in the back of your head would be the ideal there are small additions you can make in the home to make it feel as though you’ve developed a super power of your own. When they were tiny, your baby monitor helped keep track of their waking and sleeping and hunger pangs. Add on 18 months and a baby monitor can still provide reassurance. Opening up your home to give you a better view of your moving infant can also help you keep track of their antics. Adding bi-fold doors both externally and internally helps bring more light into the home and better visibility. Look for designs with floor to ceiling panes like these from Vufold.
Extend your culinary repertoire
Not only to toddlers often have the knack of stubbornly refusing to eat what’s on their plate only to help themselves to the food on yours, they also have a much broader concept of what they might like to eat compared to adults. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can (or should) coax them into eating snails in garlic, more that you ought to take precautions to protect your makeup collection ( I speak from experience!) cosmetics and dog and cat treats too.
There have been lots of adverts on TV reminding us recently of the dangers of children coming into contact with products such as washing tablets but it’s easy to forget swallowing items is one of the most common accidents children are involved with in the home. And, aside from wanting to preserve your new Mac lipstick there are lots of things around the home you may not realise are poisonous. Take a look at this useful guide from the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (ROSPA) for household tips and peruse this information from the Royal Horticultural Society to learn more about plants that could potentially pose a risk.
Get down on your knees
No, not to beg your child for good behaviour, though if you do find yourself crouching down and pleading for mercy, you won’t be the first parent to do so. One trick I learnt as a childminder many moons ago, was that the best risk assessment any parent could do was to observing your home from the height of the toddler is a great way to assess potential risks, obstacles and mischief. In recent years there have been some awful stories in the news concerning
accidents that have involved furniture, fixtures and fittings in the home. If you have furniture items such as drawers and cupboards that aren’t fitted with safety ties to fix them to the walls or catches to keep them closed, you should be able to better identify where they are most needed by taking a view from below. You may also discover wires and plugs that may pose a risk, sharp tacks and nails that are loose at lower wall and floor level or the occasional loose bit of carpet that people could slip on.
By giving your whole house the same treatment you can identify where curious hands might wander and create a checklist of simple safety measures to install to make your home more toddler friendly. It’s only natural that little ones to want to explore so taking a few extra steps yourself should help support them as they begin to take more of their own.
What mischief has your toddler gotten itself into when your back has been turned for a second or two? Have their lightning quick super powers entered full phase yet or are you currently bracing yourself for a flurry of activity in the near future? If you have any toddler safety tips of your own to share, please add them in the comments below.
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