Keeping your kiddos safe–simply!
Where To Begin
When you’re setting out to begin childproofing your house, it’s time to look down–outlets, table corners, doorknobs, bathtubs, toilets…if it’s below your waist, it’s in their reach.
1) Start with your table edges and corners–they’re hard, sharp and can do some serious damage to heads and eyes. The solution? Well…you can find them at the Dollar Store.
Pool noodles and tennis balls!
Cut your pool noodle down one side and slide it onto table edges; at the same time, cut holes in your tennis balls and smash them onto any sharp corners!
2) Bath. Mats. Get some. Get thirty of them. They are literally lifesavers–and putting one in your tub could keep your child from slipping and getting seriously injured. While you’re at it, grab a soft, non-slip mat for outside the tub too–without them, your bathroom becomes center stage for naked ice-skating.
3) Door stops are important to keep little fingers from getting pinched! You can hack this one outright with…yep…more pool noodles. Cut off a disc two inches wide, cut a slit down one side and push onto the edge of your door (up high, so they can be absconded with!). They’ll keep your doors from shutting all the way, so no extremities are at risk!
4) Blind cords are notorious strangle hazards–child experts across the world warn of the dangers of letting your kiddos get their little mitts on these. The quickest and most effective way to keep these out of reach is sitting on your bread right now.
Those twist-ties are great, and sooo versatile–just wind up the cord and tie it at the top with your twist tie! Binder clips work here too.
5) Cabinets–why do children think that these are endless, amazing treasure troves of goodies they need to have? Keeping your kids out of kitchen and bathroom cabinets is easy–just stop by your local superstore for these amazing Step1 Magnet locks!
They are the best, and aesthetically pleasing–no huge, clumsy ratcheting locks for you. Even better, you can use them on drawers too, which can help keep silverware and other utensils locked up tight!
6) Doorknob locks. These are so important–a few decent doorknob locks can save you from having to go childproof-crazy in certain rooms. You can either buy some doorknob locks from your local superstore, or just install those hook-and-loop locks way up high–either one works, and they keep your kids out of sensitive areas!
And they come in a million styles to match your home, so win-win, right?
7) Fireplaces are awesome…until you have kiddos. Then they’re just dangerous holes in the wall full of sharp tools, ash and…you know…fire. Building a temporary wall like this adorable chalkboard variety not only keeps kids safe, but entertained as well…
Courtesy of Sassy Wife, Classy Life
8) Don’t hang dishtowels on your oven handle! You provide an awesome oven-opening tool when you do–instead, attach some Command Hooks up high. Easy peasy.
9) Outlets–they’re the perfect size for little fingers. There are a million ways to lock these things down, the most obvious of which is those plastic plugs you can practically buy in bulk. But, if you’re in a pinch, break out the bandaids or duct tape–both cover them up quite nicely.
10) Baby gates. Top and bottom of all staircases. Enough said.
11) Toilet paper is, for whatever reason, super fun for kids. And honestly, it’s not one we tend to think about till our toddlers wander by dressed like mummies…until you can properly train your kiddos not to unravel the whole thing, we suggest making a pretty DIY cover like this:
Courtesy of Jumping Jellybeans
We love this–and it does the job really well!
12) While you’re in the bathroom, lock up that commode! Too often kids play and deposit keys, socks and toys into the porcelain throne…far too often. You can, of course, hit the superstore for an awesome toilet lock, or you can make your own with a few suction cups and heavy-duty elastic cord like this:
13) Don’t forget to anchor all your shelves, entertainment centers, televisions, dressers and other free-standing furniture! Every single year, children are crushed–even killed–by climbing and accidentally pulling down furniture on top of themselves. Anchor them, folks!
Best of luck, Super Mom!