As parents, we spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about the safety of our children. We hold their hands as they cross the street, we catch them when they tumble, we steam and dice their food to the size of a 1/4 inch to avoid the hazard of choking. Yet, often times, parents overlook the simple steps of childproofing their homes to ensure their kids are safe. Children spend the majority of their time as children in their own homes, so why would we not, as parents, do everything we can to provide an environment that’s safe for them?
We’ve partnered with Child-Guard to bring our readers the best products in home safety. As you’re doing your holiday cleaning and getting ready for the new presents that will rest under your tree (and soon around your house!), here are a few simple steps that can be taken and products to purchase to ensure your children are safe in the place where they lay their head to rest.
Child Safety Tips for the Home
Secure bookcases and shelving units to a wall. This simple step can keep heavy furniture from falling on a child. Shake the furniture, pull out the drawers a little, and apply pressure to see if it causes the piece to lose balance. If the piece moves in any way, be sure it’s secured to a wall. We like the Mommy’s Helper Tip Resistant Furniture Packets. Be sure you’re securing them to a stud in the wall.
Electrical outlets are very tempting for little fingers. These can easily be covered with outlet covers, so we encourage that as a step. It is, however, tempting to remove an outlet cover to use and then forget to replace the outlet cover. That’s why we recommend Safety Baby’s Self Closing Outlet Covers. They might take an extra step to install but they help adult-proof our forgetfulness to replace removed covers. And don’t forget those outdoor outlets too!
Did you know that each year, more than 1.3 million calls to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevents are for poison exposure for children? These numbers are on the rise with companies moving toward flexible packaging. Flexible packaging represents 18% of the total packaging market and it’s the fastest growing type of packaging. Laundry detergent, dish soap, pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals, lawn and garden products – they are all moving to flexible packages and most don’t include a child-resistant closure. Child-Guard has created a child-resistant zipper for flexible packaging that’s easy for adults to operate but keeps children safe. Currently, Child-Guard is being offered on Tide PODS and Hex Detergent but we encourage you to advocate for Child-Guard on more products by liking their Facebook Page and spread the word using the hashtag #GuardIt.
If something preventable were to happen in your home, you’d never forgive yourself. It takes just a few minutes to ensure your home is the safest place it can be for little ones. Don’t delay, start today!
Registries can be filled with cute bedding bumpers, stuffed animals, and crib accessories but these items can also present a huge hazard to babies causing accidental suffocation or strangulation. Cribs only need a firm mattress and tight-fitting crib sheet. Keep those cribs clear of any unnecessary items.
For moms that want baby close to them at night, room-sharing is a safer option than bed-sharing. HALO’s Bassinest Crib Swivel Sleeper allows your little one to sleep right next to you in bed but in their own safe space.
Cabinets can offer lots of intriguing temptations for little eyes, hands and mouths but extremely dangerous ones as well! Medicine, cleaning products, batteries and more can all pose dangerous risks. We recommend securing your cabinets with child-safe locks. We like Munchkins Xtraguard Locks & Latches. Their dual-locking mechanisms offer an extra step of protection for even the craftiest of littles.