Protecting Your Kids At Your Home
Any parent of a first born is naturally going to be more over protective of their children than a parent that has at least one already. They may want to sanitize everything and protect their child from harm, even in their own home. Whether it is your first child or your third it is always wise to protect your children from getting hurt as no matter how much you think you can watch them, they will get into mischief.
You may not think your home is hazardous, but to a child that doesn’t know what a power socket is, or that fire burns, or is just learning to walk everything can be dangerous. As adults we take for granted those basic skills that we use every day and it started when we were young.
The Right Tools to Protect Your Children
In order to protect your children from your home you need to baby-proof it. This means you will need to head down to a store and get several things that will help to protect your kids from possible dangers. There are two major brands that design these items and they are called Safety 1st and Dream Baby. There are plenty of others of course, but these two companies have set the standard when it comes to safety for children. The most common thing to do in the house is to plug any electrical sockets with socket protectors so that children can’t put their little fingers in them. (By the way, it hurts when this happens and while the initial shock might turn a kid off from doing it again, if it doesn’t kill them, sometimes they do it again and again.) Other items you might want would include the following:
- drawer latchesdoor locks/latchestoilet seat blockers
- special ties for electrical cords
- gates or fences
There are many more items depending on how protective you want to be, but if you do the proper planning in your home they may not be necessary. My first child we bought way more than we needed since we didn’t know, and many of them had to be returned. If you watch your child closely you will know what you are going to need by what they show and interest in.
The Safest Place in The House
If you want to have a safe place in your home for the children to be out where they can’t hurt themselves, then there are only 2 places they could go; their bedroom or the living room. The kid’s bedroom should be the safest place since they sleep there. All of their toys and comfort items are there to make them feel relaxed and at home. This is the first place you cover plugs in, but little else in the room should have to be touched. However a kid can’t stay in the room all the time, and when they are young you are going to want to keep an eye on them. So unless you have several camera’s installed in the room and you can monitor them all the time, let them play in the living room. You might have a living room and a family room, the safest is the one with the most room and the television. The cords for the television are found in the back of the TV stand, leaving the only thing in the room that could be dangerous as the furniture. Most couches are padded, and recliners will pose a risk only if the child crawls under it. A coffee table and sharp corners from other furniture can post a problem when the child is learning to walk through, so be careful. Another piece of furniture to watch for, especially with young toddlers is anything made of glass. If your living room or family room consists of furniture with glass doors, or tables it officially becomes and unsafe place for them.
The Unsafest Place in The House
This takes some thought when you are thinking of the place in the house that is not the safest. There can be several areas that are unsafe in the home, but to pick one room it would be the bathroom. The kitchen makes a close second, and the basement a third. The basement is usually closed off by a door and can be latched or locked to prevent entry from a toddler or baby, and a kitchen can be blocked with gates. The bathroom however is generally open for all to use, and is a place that people store items such as drain cleaner, chemicals, and other toxic items. A small child could actually fall into the toilet and drown as well. This is where toilet latches come in handy, and cupboard latches come in handy. Your other alternative would be to block the bathroom with a gate, or the hallway that leads to the bathroom.
The kitchen is another unsafe place in the house as that’s is where high temperatures and burns can happen, there is tile floor to fall on, and of course the various sharp objects. There are also chemicals cleaning agents stored under the sink in most homes to make it convenient for cleaning. The easiest way to is to use simple latch gates to block the entrance, but in open concept designs this is difficult. Your next alternative is to latch lower drawers and keep knives in a block stored on the counter, but out of reach of the children. Teach the children to stay out of the kitchen when you are cooking so they will avoid getting burned.
There is no guarantee
No matter how much you think you have protected your child from the small dangers in your home there is no guarantee that they will not get hurt. Children seem to find a way no matter if they were wrapped in bubble wrap and foam paper. When they start to figure out the latches themselves is the time to take them down, as by that time they will be pointless. Kids might be able to use tablets and phones these days but some of the latches require a little more muscle, and finger coordination. The could even pinch themselves on some of the generic pieces so be careful of what you buy. Keep in mind when you install it, that if it is loose, it probably won’t work.