Now that we have moved into our new place (and it´s awesome, yay!!), it´s also time to childproof our house a bit. In the old place we hadn´t done much childproofing yet, but since the bichin is getting more mobile and a lot more inventive and curious each day, basically nothing is safe anymore. So, in order to avoid him drinking the laundry detergent or chopping off his fingers between the doors or the drawers, we´re doing some quick and easy fixes to make it a little bit safer. (Although, with a toddler probably no place can ever be called “safe”)
This list is by no means exhaustive but these are just 5 quick fixes that we are putting in place to avoid some accidents. I guess when it comes to safety the things you can do are an unending list and you can spend as much time, money and tools on it as you like. These tips are simple, affordable and easy to implement, no tools needed.
Child lock your cabinets and drawers
One of the new games in our house seems to be to open all the drawers and try to close them again with as much strength as possible. Obviously, a great game to get tiny fingers hurt. Another favourite one is to open all the cabinets and get everything out that you can find. Obviously, a great game to waste mama´s time by having to rearrange the cabinets every single day. And then we´re not even speaking yet of what´s in the drawers or cabinets that could break or be dangerous in other ways. These child locks avoid having to stand next to your kid all day to make sure he doesn´t get in the drawers / cabinets, they might not look super pretty but can also be used with the dishwasher, fridge etc. and most importantly, no tools needed so at least you´re not going to have wholes / screws in your kitchen cabinets or wardrobes.
Move the dangerous stuff up a few levels
Despite the child lock, I would still recommend to move the dangerous stuff up a few levels. For example, we used to have the alcohol in a lower cabinet pre-kids but have moved that one up to the highest possible. Same goes for cleaning products, laundry detergents, candles, matches etc., all as far out of reach as possible. Even with child locks on the cabinets and drawers you never know, so better safe than sorry.
If your child is like mine, you´re probably shouting all day “careful, your fingers” only to get the door smashed in your face and you can only pray that he pulled his fingers back on time. Since we can´t constantly hold a grip on every door in the house that our child approaches, I found these simple door stoppers a life safer. They are super affordable (less than $2 a piece!) and you can even get them in fun animal designs . Just stick them on the door and no matter how hard they try to close the door, it won´t be able to close completely.
Plug the plug points
This one seems obvious but it´s definitely something we shouldn´t forget as soon as our kids start moving around. Somehow the plug points have this secret attraction to kids and their fingers just need to go into these little holes. I tried different plug point blockers but I like these best because you can just leave them in when you actually need to plug in a device (some of the others ones I tried had to be pulled out if you needed to use the plug point, nothing more annoying than having to look for a knife to pull out this annoying thing if you quickly want to vacuum clean).
In Spain, most people live in apartments meaning no stairs in the house. However, in our new place, we have a (very steep!) stair on the balcony going up to the roof terrace. So definitely a need for baby gates here! I loved these ones because you don´t have to drill and they´re really easy to use.
Obviously, there´s much more you can do (for example if your little one is a big head like mine that bumps into the table corner every 3minutes these covers won´t hurt either), what other simple fixes did you do to toddler proof your home?
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