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Keeping The Home Safe For Toddlers: 5 Crucial Tips

Keeping The Home Safe For Toddlers: 5 Crucial Tips

Once your baby starts crawling – and especially when they begin to walk – you’ll have a tiny explorer within the house. With their latest ability, your baby will search every nook and cranny for a new adventure. For this reason, parents must make their house as toddler-proof as possible. Here are some tips for keeping the home safe for toddlers.

Toddler Development Milestones: 1-3 years old

Physically, what can toddlers do?

Before we list down the practical tips in keeping the home safe for toddlers, let’s first take a look at what your baby can do at this stage. Understanding their movement capabilities will further help you steer them away from harm.

According to experts, most toddlers (1 to 3-year-olds) can now:

  • Feed themselves, with minimal spilling
  • Master walking
  • Run, pivot (turn), or walk backward
  • Climb the stairs (and walk back down)
  • Begin pedaling a bicycle or maneuvering a tricycle
  • Dress with some help

With these general milestones, parents will have a clearer picture of what areas in the house can put their baby in harm’s way. For instance, climbing the stairs also indicates that they can drag a stool, step on it, and reach for something on the table or counter.

The Best Learning Activities for Your One Year Old

5 Tips in keeping the home safe for toddlers

Here are some of the most straightforward and practical ways to toddler-proof your home:

1. Clear the counter and use safety latches and locks

Remove tiny objects from counters that are within reach, such as buttons and coins, sharp tools like knives, and potentially poisonous substances like cleaning agents and even, medication.

Store these items away in cabinets and use latches and locks that can withstand a toddler’s persistent tug and pull.

2. Install safety gates or fence

Sooner or later, your baby will be able to climb up and down the stairs. To prevent fall accidents, install safety gates or fences. However, choose the product wisely. Don’t use one with gaps large enough to fit a baby’s head, as much as possible.

Note: You can also install safety gates in rooms where you don’t want your child to enter, such as the bathroom (where they might slip or fall in the tub), the kitchen (so they couldn’t go near you when you’re cooking or boiling water), and the garage.

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.

keeping the home safe for toddlers

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.

Final reminders

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.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. on Jan 26
Medically reviewed by Hello Doctor Medical Panel
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