How to Toddler-Proof Your Home in 9 Simple Steps

How to Toddler-Proof Your Home in 9 Simple Steps

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The transitionary stage of babies turning into toddlers is a whole new ball game for parents as children becoming mobile can seem to double our work overnight. Making sure therefore that your home is completely prepared and baby proofed before babies become mobile, is the best way to make sure that you are ready for this stage in your child’s life. Babyproofing any home is always best done in a calm, step-by-step way, in order to approach this chapter in a relaxed and positive way. If your little one is on the verge of becoming a toddler follow our step by step guide on how to get your home ready for every toddler eventuality so you can be safe in the knowledge that your home is completely baby safe.

Through Their Eyes

One of the best ways to start identifying the dangers around your home is to get down to your baby’s level in order to see things from their perspective. Get down on the floor in order to start recognising all the sharp corners, small objects and electrical items that need to be dealt with in order to keep your child safe. Any objects that can be broken or any items that are sharp and can result in injury must be moved to a higher place out of your baby’s reach. Small items are one of the biggest dangers around the house as toddlers love nothing more than to put everything in sight in their mouths so anything smaller than the circumference of a light bulb needs to be safety out of reach.

Toddler Proofing Your Car

As your child grows you will need to make some changes to your car to make sure that it is completely safe. Small babies should all be in rear facing car seats until they are 2 years old. After that age they should be transferred to a toddler car seat in the back seat of your car. Children over the age of five can then be transferred into booster seats of which you can find the same Graco booster on for when they start to get that little bit bigger. Learning the right kind of car seats to keep your children safe as they grow is really important to ensure that they are securely positioned within your car whilst you are on the go.

Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets should always be at the top of the list of any babyproofing ‘to-do’ list. As most electrical outlets are close to the floor these should be one of the first things to be tackled when looking to make your home completely safe for your little ones. There are a huge amount of different covers to choose from. From those with sliding mechanisms, to those with swing-shut options, transparent covers and there are even covers with cord shorteners, so have a look on for a list of some of the best covers on the market.

Putting in Latches

This is also up at the top of the list when thinking about the potential hazards around your home and how to avoid them. Toddlers have a fascination with opening any cupboard door within site, so installing latches on your cabinets, cupboards and drawers is essential. There are some rooms in your home that pose a bigger danger than others so it is worth focusing first on your kitchen, bathroom and wherever you keep all your cleaning and laundry products. Making sure you have latches on every drawer and cabinet will ensure that little ones are not getting their hands on anything that could be potentially dangerous. It is also advisable, just to be extra cautious, to keep any chemicals or sharp or heavy kitchen items on high up shelves or cupboards.

Off-Limit Spaces

There are also certain areas in your home that should be completely out of bounds for toddlers. Generally stairs are a good place to start when thinking about the places that you don’t want your baby to crawl to whilst your back is turned. Wall mounted stair gates are the sturdiest option instead of a pressure-mounted gate that older children can quite easily accidentally knock out of place from simply passing through. Therefore fitting wall mounted gates on stairs and any other area that poses a potential risk to your child is the best way to go about creating your limited access areas. Look around your kitchen, garage, garden, gym, laundry rooms and other children’s room (where there will be the likelihood of small toys being left out) and analyse which areas need gates putting up.

Constant Analysis of Temporary Dangers

This is one part of being a parent to a toddler that is not easy and can be rather exhausting. It is constantly having to canvass any room that your toddler is in for any potential dangers. However it is a habit that all parents get into once they are in the phase of having toddlers. Looking around for anything from buckets or containers of water, hot mugs of tea or coffee, portable heaters plugged in, cleaning products, scissors, kitchen cabinets wide open. The list is endless, so the need to have eyes in the back of your head is certainly true, particularly when outside of your own home and in a non-baby proofed environment.

Starting To Think About The Next Stage

So a later stage of being a toddler is going to see your little ones pulling themselves up and starting to stand. Then your safety proofing process is going to need to continue and increase in its intensity. As walking toddlers are quicker and have much better access the potential hazards increase tenfold, so you are going to need to up the ante on how you are making your home completely safe.

Children pulling themselves up on pieces of furniture will mean that the furniture around your home needs to be sturdy enough to support that child to avoid accidents. Therefore you are going to need to go around your home and start mounting your furniture to your walls so that they won’t topple over on top of your children should they be using them to pull themselves up. You can do this by using anchors that you can find at any DIY store and they are also pretty easy to remove once all your children are passed this stage.

Long blind cords can also become a real hazards once children are on their feet so they need to be shortened to be out of reach otherwise they can easily become strangulation or choking hazards. Windows are obviously also a very dangerous area of any house, so you need to make sure that all windows are locked and keys are safely stored away. So spend time going around your home and looking into the all the different areas that could present dangers as before you know it your baby will be nimble and quick and having to integrate all these safety measure last minute can be extremely stressful and overwhelming.

Eyes in the Back of Your Head

The most important babyproofing method of all however, is of course, you. There is no babyproofing item out there that can take the place of constant parental and adult supervision. Knowing where your baby is at all times can take some getting used to as they are so quick to move around once they’ve found their legs. However it doesn’t take long to adapt to and whenever you have to get something done or move out of the room for a few minutes it is simply a case of putting your little one somewhere where you know they will be safe, for example, their cot or their swing.

The Importance of Early Education

In addition to babyproofing your home and to ensuring that you are always watching your toddler this is really the time to begin educating your child about the potential dangers surrounding them in your home and in the outside world. It is quite a natural assumption to think that a toddler is still too young to be able to process certain information or even the word ‘no’. That means that a lot of parents miss the opportunity to begin educating their children at the earliest opportunity.

Baby Proofing is not just the process of making your home physically safe it is also the process of educating your child to begin understanding the world around them and what could harm them if they don’t listen to your advice. Therefore this is a key period in your child’s life to begin the disciplining process. Using language such as ‘danger’ or ‘hot’ or ‘no touching’ will teach your children what they need to avoid and what is ok for them to explore. Beginning as early as possible will make your job of keeping your children safe much easier later on.

So combining the above babyproofing steps you can be safe, secure and confident that both you and your little one are ready for this exciting next chapter in your lives together

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

When you have a little one on the way, one of the main tasks ahead of you is properly baby-proofing the home. In order to get this right, you need to ensure that you start the process as early as possible. It is only by starting early that you can ensure that your home is safe and ready for your new arrival. No matter how diligent you might be, there is always the risk that you will miss one or two things. Even experienced parents suffer this fate sometimes. To that end, we have put together this short post on some of the major things you need to consider during this process. Make sure you have done these before it is time for your baby to arrive.

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?


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This is easily one of the most important parts of all, and for obvious reasons. It is clear why it might be that the stairs need baby-proofing. The last thing you want is a toddler climbing the stairs, after all. Fortunately, the solution to the stair problem is very simple. All you need is a stairgate which you can affix to the top and bottom of the stairs. These are easy to get hold of, and these days are relatively cheap. With this, you probably don’t need to worry until your baby is a little older. But it is still worth thinking about as early as possible. The last thing you want is to leave it to the last moment, or too late.


It goes without saying that the crib is hugely important in baby-proofing the home. The truth is, most parents find that they spend a good deal of time on this decision – and that’s just as well. In choosing the right crib, you need to think about more than just basic safety. A good crib should also be able to provide a healthier and more comfortable experience for your child. This means finding a mattress with no toxins which is completely natural. This might be harder to source than you think, but there are options. Find Naturepedic Mattress reviews suitable for baby cribs at this link, for somewhere to start looking. As long as you are providing your baby with a decent crib, you can be sure that their comfort is being taken good care of – and their safety.

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

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In The Kitchen

One of the biggest problem areas for any parent is the kitchen. With a little thought, this is easy to see why. After all, the kitchen is often the place where you keep many potentially dangerous chemicals. Part of the basic housekeeping necessary for the kitchen is ensuring that no lower cupboards can be easily opened by a child. That way, you can ensure that your child will not get their hands on anything particularly dangerous. Moreover, you should make an effort to keep the kitchen area generally as clean as possible. It is easy for germs to spread in this area, and you want to minimize the risk of illness as much as possible.


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First Aid For Babies

Despite being tiny, babies can get themselves into big trouble. Yet many of us aren’t confident in our ability to help our children when they are injured or hurt.

The statistics to support this are frankly staggering, and a little bit frightening. With over 500,000 children per year needing to go into casualty, only 10% of parents are confident in their first aid skills. Feel free to share this or print it up.

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Product Review: Lock Med Home Medications Lock Box

Product Review: Lock Med Home Medications Lock Box

I was recently sent a home medication lock box from Lock Med to keep in my house to hold any medication. The box is a sturdy metal box with a combination and a key. It would be nearly impossible for a child to get into it without the key or combination. It’s perfect to travel with also.

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These boxes are perfect to give to grandparents for their medication so you also have peace of mind when your children are visiting. I know leaving pills around is a big issue with grandparents. I used to have to check around the house for medication laying around for the kids to get to before I left. It’s a huge anxiety because even if you know that you don’t leave anything laying around you don’t know about your parents or anyone else that is watching them. That is why this is a great thing to give to grandparents or anyone else that watches your children.
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Diaper rash is a common enemy of parents, but a new study suggests a scaly looking rash that cracks dry skin might be caused by an ingredient in baby wipes themselves.

A new study evaluating several cases of rashes linked them to an preservative common in baby wipes. The study authors warn that the preservative could be making its way into more personal care products as well. (Photo credit: Dr. Mary Wu Chang)
The study led by Dr. Mary Wu Chang, associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, identified methylchloroisothiazolinone, a preservative in some wipes, as the cause of allergic contact dermatitis.

“Wet wipes are extensively tested and traditionally believed to be innocuous,” the study abstract said. “[Methylchloroisothiazolinone] in wet wipes (“baby wipes”) has not been previously reported to cause [allergic contact dermatitis] in children in the United States.”

But the study evaluated six children in the United States with reported cases of such a reaction on their bottoms and/or faces. None of the subjects wore diapers anymore, but the wipes were still used. The authors wrote that this is the first report of such allergic cases related to the preservative in wipes in the United States.

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Best-Selling Author Peter Thomas Senese Warns of Summer Vacation and International Parental Child Abduction During High Conflict Child Custody Cases

Best-Selling Author Peter Thomas Senese Warns of Summer Vacation and International Parental Child Abduction During High Conflict Child Custody Cases

Best-Selling Author Peter Thomas Senese Warns of Summer Vacation and International Parental Child Abduction During High Conflict Child Custody Cases

Peter Thomas Senese, a best-selling author, renowned child advocate, and hero to many children targeted for abduction has once again raised his voice as a call-to-arms against the menacing and at times deadly storms of international parental child abduction that will target tens of thousands of families over the coming summer school vacation period. According to reports published by the highly respected I CARE Foundation, a self-funded non-profit organization, Peter Thomas Senese is the founding director of that recently hosted a conference on abduction at the United Nations at the request of the Department of State and its International Visitor Leadership Program, it is estimated that over 80% of all outbound cases of international child abduction will occur during the summer, when children are off from school.

Of great concern is that published reports estimate that only 10% of all abducted children will ever be reunited. Some of them will never be able to, as affirmed in a Department of Justice report issued last week citing that children who are abducted by a parent face extreme risk of physical violence, including murder.
So any preconceived notion that a child simply can’t be abducted by a parent is out the window. Truth is parental child abduction is a crime. It’s called kidnapping. And the abduction of a child is done the vast majority of the time by a sociopath who has intent to cause the targeted other parent pain and suffering by using a child for revenge. They do not care about the child. They care about themselves.
So stopping these abductions is critical. And that is exactly what Peter Thomas Senese and the I CARE Foundation, along with a group of other child advocates have been trying to do.

The I CARE Foundation, under Peter Senese’s direction, has played an important role in the dramatic decline in the number of international parental child abductions originating from the United States by 15% over each of the last two years (2011 and 2012).
The I CARE Foundation can trace its roots to Peter’s widely critically acclaimed novel ‘Chasing The Cyclone’; a fast-paced legal thriller about a father heroically searching for his internationally parentally kidnapped child who has disappeared into a sea of billions of faces at the hands of malice by the child’s other parent. In fact, it has been said that Peter Thomas Senese’s ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ is a book of miracles; a view supported by many testimonial letters from parents around the world.

With the school summer vacation here many parents, particularly those involved in multinational or multicultural relationships that have ended must be aware that during the summer school vacation period, international parental child abductions occur around the world. It is vital that parents who may be at risk of abduction know the warning signs of international parental child abduction.

If you think it is easy to have a child who is either criminally abducted to another country or who is wrongfully detained in that country returned, you better think again.

I decided to ask Peter Thomas Senese a few questions.

Are children really in danger when they’re taken by one of their parents?
Yes. International parental child abduction is a criminal act of kidnapping that usually occurs by an unbalanced hate-monger who has demonstrated sociopathic behavior and who is willing to use a child to cause great pain to the other parent. These abductors do not care about the child, but use the child as a crutch to rationalize their own life and its failures. Make no mistake about it, international parental child abduction is a hate crime. And as cited this past week by the Department of Justice, children are put into grave risk of violence, and even murder by the parent kidnapper. So, a kidnapper is a kidnapper; however, I am of the general view that a parent kidnapper has violated a child even more than a stranger abductor because the parent abductor has violated a child’s trust at the highest level and tries to destroy that child’s identity.

How are international family vacation schemes used to abduct a child?
Very cleverly. An abductor generally will try to trick the targeted parent into thinking that they are going on a family trip abroad to visit that person’s family. Once there, they unleash an incredibly sophisticated and conspired plan that is the targeted parent’s biggest nightmare. Often, this includes the target having to defend against false charges of abuse, violence, and even murder threats! I urge parents to read a detailed essay I prepared on behalf of the I CARE Foundation titled Summer Vacation and International Parental Child Abduction as well as Dual Citizenship. Two Passports. Child Abduction.

What percentage of abducted children are taken during the summer?
It is estimated that nearly 85% of all international abductions take place during the summer.
I have read many sworn testimonial letters written by parents you have helped, including reuniting many children from around the world. Why do you help other families?
My experiences and my professional skills have allowed me to share helpful insight with others, and it is a gratifying experience to know that out of my own families horrible ordeal came a lot of good. So helping others is nothing new to me. I’m just trying to help children and parents because no person should ever experience abduction. .

You have voluntarily helped rescue and reunite a considerable number of children through the courts. Are there any reunification that stands out?
They’re all memorable. Each reunification is close to my heart. I wish there were more . . . we fail a lot more than we succeed. But the I CARE Foundation continues to try to help. It is not easy. Fighting abduction is not easy.

When a child is victim of parental abduction, who pays for the child’s return?
The left behind parent despite this being a federal crime under the International Child Abduction Prevention Act. Unfortunately, most abductors know that the cost to litigate is extremely high. Without money, reunification is near impossible. And unfortunately, the majority of abductors are not prosecuted. Which means that abductors think they have immunity. It plays right into an abductor’s sociopathic wheelhouse.

How easy is it to remove a child from a country’s border?
Very easy. In fact, just last week a father abducted a little boy from Colorado to Canada despite an Amber Alert being issued. He was able to travel right across the border!
There are limited exit controls in place to protect a child. One policy that does exist is the Prevent Departure Program. However, there are grave concerns associated with a child who has a right to citizenship to another country and dual passports. And policy under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative allows minors traveling by land or sea to the Canada, Mexico, the United States, and many Caribbean island nations to only present a photocopy of a birth certificate.

If a parent has custody, why can’t they just go into the country where the child is being wrongfully detained and bring that child home?
Because once they attempt to, they could be charged with abduction in that country and arrested.

What can each of us do to stop international child abduction?
We can raise awareness of abduction by sharing the warning signs with others. In fact, Parent blog writers have become heroes to at-risk children and their families because they raised awareness. And of course, each of us can support new legislation created to stop abduction.

What should a parent do if they believe their child is at risk of abduction?
The first thing is to immediately contact a qualified family law attorney. If international abduction is in progress, parents must contact law enforcement immediately, and then they should contact the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. They should also open up a case with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And they should read as much information about abduction as possible by visiting websites that extensively cover abduction such as the I CARE Foundation.

You are one of the most published writers covering international parental child abduction and have dedicated years of your life stewarding the message of abduction prevention and risks to a child. Have you seen any results?
I think the drop in the reported cases of outbound abduction by 15% during 2011 and 2012 speak for itself especially when the previous growth rate was nearly 20% per year, but there is another part of this story. The unreported cases of abduction associated with undocumented residents is believed to be at least 100% of the abduction cases, and though not measureable, I know the number of undocumented residents the I CARE Foundation helped has increased dramatically. I also know the number of abduction prevention cases has increased dramatically and that’s because parents are becoming aware of abduction.

You’re a best-selling author who has written a diverse collection of geopolitical thrillers, yet you have spent several years of your life dedicated to helping families in crisis. What can fans of your writing expect in the near future?
Well, I must say, I have been writing, but not novels! It has been a privilege to work with my research partner Carolyn Vlk and published extensively on the subject. So, I did utilize my writing skills . . . just in a very different way!
This said, I am looking forward to finally publishing the hardcover of Chasing The Cyclone, which is presently available in e-book everywhere. And I am truly looking forward working on the nearly completed novels titled ‘Predators Games’, which is the sequel of ‘The Den of the Assassin’, and the sequel of ‘Cloning Christ’, titled ‘Quest’ . . . but right now, there is a war against international parental child abduction going on. Targeted parents may not realize they are about to become victims of abduction – so it’s our job to scream the alarm by letting them know the warning signs of abduction.

For more information on Peter Thomas Senese, please visit his official website.
For more information about the I CARE Foundation, please visit their official website.
And if you would like to get involved and lend your voice to help stop international child abduction, please contact the I CARE Foundation at