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The safety of your child is the most important thing. As your little one grows, you will have to think about the childproofing of all parts of your house or apartment. Before you know it, your little boy or girl will be running around, touching everything and playing with all kinds of objects he/she could find. It is impossible to look after your little one all the time, so it is best to take care of the safety of your home as soon as possible. This will save you the unnecessary complications in the future and you will be also calm that your child can’t be hurt while playing. 

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The childproofing of you home may seem like a simple task to you now, but just wait until you start. There are million things you have to consider and do, so it is possible forget or miss something very easily. If you want to be a 100% sure that your entire home is safe, you can make a list with all of your tasks. The childproofing checklist will help you stay focused and distribute your time properly, so that you can finish with all of your tasks as fast as possible. Here are some tips which could help you:

  • The bathroom – Childproofing you bathroom is very important, considering how easy your little one can clog the toilet by throwing all sort of things in there. Therefore, it is important to put safety locks and latches on the toilet, the drawers and the special cabinet where you keep your medicines. You can also regulate the temperature of the water by simply installing a special device on all faucets and on the showerhead that will prevent the burns.
  • The kitchen – The kitchen is a very dangerous place for a child, so you have to take special measure to childproof all areas. On all of your appliances you can put knob covers which will prevent the starting of fires. All drawers and cabinets must have safety locks as well, and don’t forget to childproof the garbage disposal too. If you don’t think that you can install the special devices yourself, it is best to call a professional.
  • The living room – If you still use a phone with a cord, you will have to replace it with a new one. Except that the cord can be dangerous for your child, it will be also harder to keep an eye on your little one while you are speaking on the phone. The cordless phone will solve all of your problems. You have to take care of the safety of all doors in your home as well by installing doorstops and holders. The outlets in the living room and in the other rooms of your place are a well-known problem. You can put sliding covers on all of them, so that you can use them any time you like without worrying about your kid.
  • The bedroom – Except for the door, the drawers and the outlets, you will also have to take care of the windows in your bedroom. You can install special window guards which will keep your child away from this dangerous area. Since you will probably keep the crib of your baby in your bedroom, we suggest that you make sure that it is located in a safe place away from the windows.

Childproofing your home definitely requires a lot of work but once you are done with this procedure, you won’t have to worry about it any more. When you finish, you can also perform one thorough cleaning of your place, so that you can be sure that everything is in order. The spring cleaning in Finchley will also guarantee the disinfection of all objects in your home that your child might touch.

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Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

21 Comments

  1. Louisa Mercado (@2livelovelaugh5)

    Some excellent tips on childproofing. One thing I did was keep everything far from their reach. So you can imagine what my home looked like when I still had toddlers! It worked though and put my mind at ease.

    27 . Apr . 2015
    • Ayi

      Same here Mommy 🙂 I put everything on top, but my girls devise their own ways to get what they want, which makes it more dangerous. Kids :))

      27 . Apr . 2015
  2. Celerhina Aubrey ★

    We started child proofing our home when early this year just month before my baby entered her toddlerhood. It is inevitable. We need to make sure that she’s safe. Medyo magastos (because our home is SUPER not child friendly) but worth it.

    27 . Apr . 2015
    • Ayi

      Agree 🙂 My toddlers go up and down the stairs if the child gate is left open. Magastos talaga but the safety of the child comes first 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2015
  3. phenomenalmama16

    I’m happy I’m done with the days when I had to child-proof my home. I remember it all too well – child-gate, socket lock, door-lock… ang dami!

    27 . Apr . 2015
    • Ayi

      I could just imagine :)) Our house these days doesn’t look “appealing” because of too many safety precautions. But okay lang. It’s not going to be forever 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2015
  4. Mecheel Casenas (Singlemommecheel)

    Thanks to this post. Every parent in the house must do child proofing. It may take a little time but safety comes first.

    27 . Apr . 2015
    • Ayi

      I have to agree 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2015
  5. Mommy Anna

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 hirap talaga if you have toddler at home you have to look for them always or else they done something na

    29 . Apr . 2015
  6. Cheanne

    It’s so bothersome to do childproofing but it really is a must. Hay naku, just a while ago, I was cleaning the fan so I took the plug off. It wasn’t long before he was inserting something into the socket. Gosh!

    29 . Apr . 2015
    • Ayi

      I know the feeling! :)) My kids love going up and down the stairs. I had a door installed on it but the kids figured out how to open the lock. Grabe talaga!

      29 . Apr . 2015
  7. thedreamermom

    Great helpful post. It should help parents and caregivers. 🙂

    29 . Apr . 2015
  8. sarah tirona

    very impt tips, better safe than sorry 🙂 takes me back to when my daughter was still a toddler 🙂

    30 . Apr . 2015
  9. Alarcon Alfonso Noel Ruth

    Thanks for sharing! This is a very helpful post. Please allow me to share this with my friends, there’s a lot of preggo mommies in my circle. 🙂

    01 . May . 2015
    • Ayi

      Sure, no problem 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

      02 . May . 2015
  10. rollcoastermom

    Childproofing is definitely important when you have very young kids at home. Safety is a priority.

    01 . May . 2015
  11. Maan

    Oops, this reminds me to respond to her email. I like the tips here, all important. Childproofing is something we shouldn’t take for granted!

    03 . May . 2015
  12. Badet Siazon (@badudets)

    Sound tips especially to those with small children. We weren’t able to childproof our house that much, that’s why the yaya keeps a watchful eye to my daughter at all times.

    04 . May . 2015
  13. Mommy Levy

    I agree with all you have mentioned here. We need to make our house child friendly for them to be able to freely move around.

    04 . May . 2015
  14. katjrod

    Great tips. I didn’t really go above and beyond to childproof the house. I just made sure that anything dangerous is out of my baby’s reach and I covered the electrical sockets. Anyway, she’s never left alone, when the nanny needs to go pee or something, I’ll sub in watching over my daughter, and vice versa.

    05 . May . 2015
  15. Jessica

    You can install a stove guard, a transparent piece of plastic that you place across the front of the stove-top to keep your child from reaching pots and pans. But these guards make it awkward to use the stove. An easier solution is to get in the habit of using the back burners.

    05 . Nov . 2017

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