3. Install corner bumper and outlet covers
Another crucial tip in keeping the home safe for toddlers is to use corner bumpers and outlet plates.
Corner bumpers can turn the edge of cabinets, drawers, and tables into softer surfaces. They may not prevent toddler head bumps, but they can most definitely diminish the pain. Be sure to choose a bumper that stays securely on the furniture.
Installing outlet covers can prevent electric shock and electrocution. Choose outlet plates and covers that toddlers cannot easily remove. It’s also important to choose one that’s big enough so little ones cannot put it in their mouths.
4. Inspect tall and large furniture
To toddler-proof your home, you must see to it that tall and large pieces of furniture are sturdy and secure enough that they wouldn’t fall over your little one.
A typical scenario is when a toddler climbs over to reach for something, and their weight tips the furniture over until it crashes on them. To prevent this potentially dangerous scenario, inspect your furniture.
There are available devices that can anchor furniture to the floor and wall for added security.
5. Tie cords and ropes securely
Strangulation may happen if a toddler plays with cords or ropes. For this reason, roll ribbons and ropes, tie them securely and store them safely away from babies. Tie long strings, such as curtain cords, and make sure to keep them out of reach so that your toddler cannot easily remove the knot.
Besides these tips, keeping the home safe for toddlers means remembering the golden rule: keep your little one within your sight during unstructured or free play. If you need to attend to chores, keep them in a secure area such as a playpen where they cannot get out.
Learn more about Toddler Milestones here.