Last week, you got a good start on baby proofing your home with our blog “10 Ways to Baby Proof Your Home”. This week we are continuing with 6 tips to secure your kitchen and bathroom spaces as well.
- Install Lockable Drawers & Cupboard Locks
Drawer and cupboard locks are a baby proofing essential. In addition to keeping your child’s hands off dangerous utensils like knives, they can ensure he or she does not eat anything potentially harmful. Many local baby stores and online retailers offer a wide range of lock options that are compatible with most drawers and cabinets.
- Secure All Appliances
Knobs, levers and handles all look like toys to little children. Even if they are out of reach, it is a good idea to lock your stove knobs and make sure your child cannot open the oven by themselves. Strap locks work well for the oven, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, while knob covers keep your child from fussing with the stove and oven controls.
- Child Proof Trash Cans
Children seem to be drawn to messy, unhygienic things. Naturally, many toddlers are fascinated by trash cans. If your garbage can is not secured in a (locked) cupboard, it is best to invest in a trash can with a locking lid.
- Keep Cleaners Out of Reach
In addition to installing child proof locks on your bathroom cupboards, it is a good idea to move all cleaning products (and medications) to a storage area that is out of your child’s reach. This way they will not have access to candy-coloured capsules or juice-looking liquids.
- Install an Anti-Scald Device
Some cities mandate that all water heaters must be outfitted with an anti-scald device to ensure water can’t be heated above a certain temperature. If you are unsure whether your home is equipped with an anti-scald device, we recommend contacting a plumber. They can ensure that the device is working properly if you have one and install one if you do not.
- Close & Lock the Toilet Lid
Are you sensing a theme yet? Children will get into anything and everything while exploring. Locks are the hero of child proofing. Locking your toilet lid prevents your child from playing or injuring themselves in your toilet.