Accident Proofing Your Kids
When you have kids, it's so easy to suddenly have an accident happen. Of course you aren't going to be able to protect your kids from everything, but there are things that you can do to help accident proof your kids to keep situations from getting dangerous. There are so many different things in life that can quickly turn into an accident, and it's important that you take measures ahead of time to keep these problems from happening. Let's take a look at some of the simple things that you can do to make sure you avoid accidents if at all possible:
Always Keep a Monitor in the Baby Room
If you have a baby in a crib, you'll want to make sure that you always keep a baby monitor in the baby room. As babies get older and begin to crawl and walk, some of them decide that they really enjoy climbing. You want to be able to hear when your kids wake up so you can go check on them. The last thing you want is your child trying to climb out the crib and somehow getting stuck or falling. So, it's best to always have a monitor in the room so you can hear what is going on.
Take Care in the Grocery Store
Believe it or not, just going to the grocery store can lead to a disaster if you don't take care. There are all manner of accidents that can occur while you're in a grocery store. However, they are pretty easy to prevent if you're careful. First of all, make sure that you buckle small children into the carts. Don't allow them in your basket, to ride on the end of the cart, or to ride in the seat of the cart without being buckled in. This is just asking for a disaster. Even if they're in the seat, without the buckle around them, they are not safe. I've seen several kids fall out of the grocery shopping cart seat because their mother forgot to buckle them in safely.
Never Believe that Anything is Childproof
Even if it says that it is childproof, don't believe it. Treat every item like your child may be able to get in it. If it says childproof on it, it's still no reason to allow your child to play with it or to leave it in easy reach of your kids. Believe it or not, kids are really great at opening things that are childproof, so just make sure that you keep anything hazardous far out of reach because you never know when they'll be able to get into the container anyway. This can save a disaster.
Keep Kids Busy When You're Around Dangerous Things Like a Stove
A stove can be dangerous to a child and before you know it your child can pull over a pot of boiling water or even touch a hot oven. If you know you are going to be working with something dangerous, such as a stove, then make sure that you keep your kids occupied somewhere else. Set them up with their toys in a safe place away from where you are working. Better yet, have an older child or your spouse watch out for the small children while you are doing this to make sure they don't make their way over to where you are dealing with dangerous things.
Ensure that Sharp Objects are Out of Reach
Any sharp objects in the house should always be kept out of reach. This is so important. It's so easy to set down a knife on the counter, your razor on the sink, or even a nail file on your bedside table. When you have little ones you have to always think ahead. Kids look at things and think that everything is a toy, so don't think that they won't go after sharp objects if you leave them sitting around. The last thing you want is to walk out into a kitchen to see your child sitting on the floor with a butcher knife. So, always make sure that all sharp objects are out of reach.
Don't Leave Kids Alone with Pets
Even if you have the gentlest dog or cat in the world, you shouldn't leave your small children alone with your pets. Even if your dog is just like Lassie himself, this is not a safe practice. While your dog may be great with the kids, kids have a way of provoking animals without meaning to. You never know when your pet may think they're playing and get too rough with a toddler accidentally. So, it's just best to make sure that you're always around when your pets and kids are around each other.
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