The wonderful day has arrived; your little one pulls themselves up from the floor and starts to walk! It is such a cause for excitement as your toddler breaks out into the big wide world and begins to discover their new environment. Some start to walk as early as nine months old, while others may wait until about eighteen months, but sooner or later it is going to happen!
This is when you suddenly realize that your home is now a playground and whereas you thought it was safe and secure, now there are hazards and risks everywhere for a little person that is less than two feet tall! Accidents sadly can happen in the home, but many of these can be avoided with some careful planning and forethought to your ‘babyproofing.’
You don’t have to completely reorganize your home, put everything away, and confine your toddler to a playpen, just to keep them safe. There are some straightforward measures that you can take, and you can consult your network of experienced moms, the internet to come up with all sorts of innovative gadgets to install and simple ways to ‘baby proof’ your living room and the rest of your home.
The first thing to do, and it may sound strange, is to get down on the floor and look at things from your child’s perspective. A coffee table to you is a useful place to put your coffee cup (never when your child is around, of course!) but to a toddler, it is at an optimum height to bang a chin or even catch an eye. Cables are an enticing challenge so make sure that they are cable-tied out of reach and all those electrical outlets are perfect for little fingers to explore, so invest in some outlet covers which are easy for you to install and remove but will keep your little one away from harm.
Does Everything Have to Go?
No-one is suggesting that you strip your living room down to bare essentials but, again from ground level, have a good look for any ornaments, books, cd’s, that may just be too much of a temptation for an enquiring mind. You don’t want your precious and sentimental items to get broken or cause injury, so maybe just put them on a higher shelf for the time being or perhaps pack them away to keep them safe. Instead of displaying expensive and breakable ornaments, now your little one is growing older, it’s the perfect time for spending hours creating arts and crafts together. You could break open to paint or learn how to make paper airplanes on origamiway.com to create fun toys which you can then display afterward!
What About the Other Furniture?
Most living rooms have lovely dressers with doors that are just begging to be opened! A simple solution is to use rubber bands to link the knobs or handles together. These are easy for you to remove when you need access but tricky for little fingers to manage. The same goes for the drawers and any other items that pull open or slide. Initially, these measures will cause frustration to your intrepid explorer but as their cognizance develops you will be able to explain to them that there are no toys in there and it’s for adults only!
So, with a little forethought, careful planning and minimal investment make your living room, and the rest of your home, a safe haven and join with your toddler on their voyage of discovery.