Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Childproofing for a Toddler

Childproofing is challenging...first for a baby, then for a toddler. I am sure you would agree that going to homes that aren't childproofed (i.e. grandparents' houses or friends who don't have kids) can especially be a challenge. Here are some childproofing tips from BabyCenter that hopefully make the transition from baby to toddler smoother...
  • Bathtub: Put nonslip mats in — and next to — bathtub

  • Crib: Don't leave toys (or anything else that would help him climb out) in crib when child is sleeping

  • Bed: Consider moving child from crib to bed when he's 35 inches tall

  • Prevent burning: Don't hold child while cooking at the stove

  • Clothing: Don't use clothing with drawstrings

  • Keep blow dryers, toasters, and other appliances unplugged and out of reach

  • Cut looped window blind cords; use safety tassels and cord stops

  • Forbidden territory: Distract child from forbidden places by keeping one cupboard unlocked and filled with lightweight, child-safe items

  • Keep televisions on low, sturdy furniture, pushed back as far as possible

  • Poison proofing: Remember that your purse or a visitor's purse may hold medicines, toiletries, and other toxic substances — move handbags out of reach
For a complete list childproofing for toddlers that BabyCenter recommends, please click here.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I wonder why no clothing with drawstrings? My son has a few pairs of athletic pants that have them. I guess they could catch on something????

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