In Part 1 of this blog, we talked about a number of home improvements that should be done to make your home safer and more secure for the children in your home. Here, we continue the checklist and give you a few more tips to keep your child safe at bath time and outdoor playtime.
• always use the child safety straps on the change table and never leave your little one unattended.
• keep the toiletries and diapers that you need within your reach so that you never need to step away from a baby on the change table or in the bath.
• use warm water, not hot water, to bath your baby.
• never ever leave your baby or toddler unsupervised in the bathtub; drowning can occur in a matter of moments.
• nonslip mats are handy both in the tub and next to it.
• toilet seat locks are available to keep the seat down; this will have to be removed before potty training starts!
• to avoid scalds and burns, lower the heat setting on your hot water tank to 120 degrees; our baths and showers are usually 96-98 degrees so this setting is more than adequate. Talk to your plumber if you are unsure of how to change the temperature on your tank.
• plumbers or a do-it-yourself type homeowner can also install an anti-scald faucet which turns off the flow of water automatically if it gets too hot.
Exterior Doors and Home Security Systems
• as your baby becomes a toddler you may need to add safety latches or chains on your exterior doors and patio doors. Inquisitive toddlers have been known to make a run for it in just a few seconds.
• arming your home security system at nap time, night time or during parents’ shower is a good way to ensure that you are alerted if your toddler manages to sneak out to go explore the outside world.
• if you have a pool, you likely already have fencing around your yard. You may now want to consider erecting a 4-foot high fence around the pool with a self-closing and self-latching gate.
• never let children play unattended near water, whether that be a garden pond, swimming pool or wading pool.
• use a baby gate on the stairs to your deck.
• keep all chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers and pesticides locked away and out of reach.
• when playing outside, protect your child’s sensitive skin with a hat, light-colored clothing, long-sleeves and sunscreen. Try to stay out of the sun at mid-day when the sun’s harmful UV rays are at their strongest.
The biggest step in babyproofing or childproofing is training yourself to be aware of possible dangers at home, outdoors, in the car, and wherever you are visiting while ensuring that your child learns to listen to you when they are told sternly that something is dangerous. This will take practice, but it can be done!
Related post: Baby Proofing and Child Proofing Your Home – Part 1