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Watching our children grow up before our eyes is one of life’s greatest joys.

That being said, each passing year reveals new safety concerns that simply can’t be ignored for your kids.

After all, once our children start walking and exploring the space around them, they open themselves up to a whole new world of bruises and boo-boos. Some of these injuries can become exponentially more dangerous if you aren’t keeping an eye on your child; likewise, toddler-proofing your home for accidents is absolutely crucial once your child become more mobile.

Given the number of children impacted by household accidents per year {read: thousands}, some even resulting in deaths, you can’t not afford to take every step possible to keep your children safe in the comfort of your home.

Whether you feel that you have all the bases covered when you baby-proofed your home prior to your child’s birth or aren’t sure if you’ve ticked all of your boxes in terms of safety, keep the following hazards in mind and how to ultimately avoid them.

Sharp Edges

Obviously we try to keep our kids out of the kitchen and away from cutlery, but what about the sharp edges hiding elsewhere within your home?

Thankfully, you don’t have to cover up your elegant wooden furniture set in bubblewrap or invest solely in “safe” materials to keep your kids from serious cuts and scrapes. Instead, consider the following options:

  • Edge and corner guards, which be applied to just about any set of sharp or hard-edged furniture
  • Likewise, hidden areas such as doors, cabinets and stairways can be kept closed at all times and secured with child safety covers
  • Having lots of cushions and pillows around is always a plus {read: putting a heavy comforter over a wooden piece with sharp edges}

Ideally, you can keep your kids away form sharp edges via baby gate, but make sure to cover up any potentially sharp edges in their play space as well.

Choking Hazards

Hearing horror stories of children choking and the resulting toy recalls can make our heads spin. Therefore, make sure to read toy labels carefully {as toys are tested for safety and often come with age suggestions} and be mindful of toys that you find in kids meals which may contain small pieces.

Instead, focus on soft, larger toys such as plushies with no strings {read: a potential strangulation hazard}. You can ease in toys with smaller pieces into your child’s play routine once they’re a bit older and aren’t tempting to put everything in their mouths.

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Toxic Chemicals

Although you may keep your bleach and heavy-duty cleaners in lower cabinets, you may want to consider keeping them locked up or higher in your pantry to avoid your kids getting into them. Likewise, child safety locks could be a strong line of defense between your kids and potential danger. If you really want to give yourself peace of mind, though, just keep them out your child’s of reach altogether.

The Outdoors

Obviously, you should keep anything away from windows that your kids could climb onto. Likewise child safety locks for door and window handles are a strong second line of defense. Especially when your children start walking and crawling, they naturally want to bolt straight to any door or window they could potentially open: it’s your job to keep them safe within the home and under your supervision.

Drowning

You can’t be everywhere at once, but you absolutely must keep your eyes on your children during bath time. Even in the presence of seemingly small bodies of water, such as kiddie pools or gallon buckets, you should take your child with you if you need to tend to something else or leave the room. In short, supervision is key to avoid the unthinkable, even in the smallest bodies of water {read: also keep the toilet seat shut at all times}.

Accidents will happen with your children, but you should do everything in their powers to ensure they’re small cuts and scrapes versus anything serious. By staying vigilant and understanding the hidden hazards of any given home space, you can keep your kids safe without fail.

Mum’s Two Cents

It really is up to us mums to make our living space a special haven for our children that it is a must that we see to it that it is not only a space where they can enjoy but also a space where they are safe from danger and harm at all times. Following the tips and tricks shared above ought to get you started in childproofing your home and making sure that your precious children are away from harm’s reach.

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