Cam is on the move and it is time to update the childproofing in the house. My children’s safety is a number one priority and if I can help prevent an injury or accident then I will. At this point in Cam’s life, he is truly just learning the ropes of our house, what he can and cannot do, touch, go, etc. I really need another set of arms, legs and eyes to keep track of him! Luckily, I still had some things in place from when Capri was the same age as Cam now, but Cam is already getting into more things than she ever did!
I wanted to make sure I checked everything off the childproofing list ASAP to keep Cam and Capri safe all day. Putting up the gates on the top and bottom of our stairs was the first thing I did. The living room and kitchen were next as I feel like we spend the most time there. Finally, I childproofed the bedrooms and bathrooms and now Cam can go anywhere in the house and he is safe…well…you know how kids are.
Check out this infographic as a reference point for your home.
A couple of additional childproofing tips and comments from The Choosy Mommy
- Make sure window blind strings are secure because they are a serious choking hazard. I wind mine up high and tie a twisty tie around them so they are out of the reach of little hands.
- This doesn’t show a fireplace but we have two in our home (enclosed in glass) and it is very important that we teach Cam “don’t touch” now when it is not in use because it gets very hot and dangerous if we do use it in the bitter cold months.
- Once Cam gets tall enough to reach door knobs, I start to lock the doors that lead to the basement steps and garage steps.
- I put cabinet locks on the drawer that holds my silverware, plastic bags and other sharp kitchen utensils.
- Lock up all cleaning products as they are extremely dangerous.
- If there are older children in the home, it is important to have special places for their smaller toys. Barbie and Shopkins are not allowed out of Capri’s room and Cam is not allowed in there without me.