Our grandson has just turned one and is starting to walk more. As exciting as that is, it also reminds me that I need to do even more babyproofing to our house! With the help of several wonderful Extension publications these are the steps that I have taken so far:
- I have purchased baby gates for the stairs going both up and down. Even with a door that closes it could still be opened by a toddler. The basement baby gate can be moved to the bottom of the basement stairs when we are playing in the basement.
- Latches have been attached to my kitchen and bathroom closets where I keep cleaning supplies.
- Medications have been moved from a lower drawer in my bathroom to a high cabinet.
- Furniture has been moved away from windows.
- Cords for the computer, television, phone chargers etc. are out of reach. This includes keeping the baby monitor far enough away from the crib that it can’t be grabbed.
- The cords on the blinds have been securely attached to the wall.
- I discarded the car seats that I had stored in our attic from our kids. They now come with expiration dates and are made much safer! That was the same for the crib that we used raising our kids. The slats were too far apart so I opted for a new portable crib that is easy to set up.
- I keep my purse off the floor when I am babysitting so there is no risk of getting into medication I keep in there.
One thing that really helped me was to look through the house at a toddler level. By getting on your hands and knees you can see things that might interest a toddler that you don’t notice when you are standing up. I want to have a child friendly house where our kids feel comfortable leaving our grandson with us and they know that we have done everything we can to keep him safe. Here are some resources with even more ideas for babyproofing.