Childproof Your Home

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
June 24, 2008 4:05pm CST
Knowing that many of the young people here on myLot are parents of small children, I thought this topic was one that should be dealt with. We hear almost daily of children being injured in the home due to accidents that could have been prevented. Nobody is perfect, and cannot be everywhere at once. Some of these safeguards that I found in the article I am citing would be useful to most parents. It is wise to remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
3 responses
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 Jun 08
My idea of childproofing is to make sure the areas they will be in are safe and making everywhere else inaccessable. But here things don't work out that way (children, as soon as they begin moving, need to be disciplined to learn what they can and can not touch! ) ...main areas are left mostly unchildproofed (a lock on the cabinet containing the cleaners), so constant supervision is the only way to guarentee anything and that's practically impossible with 3 to supervise at all times. The only room that is fully childproofed is their bedroom (outlet covers, tethers on the bookshelf and dressers, no window blinds, etc.), the problem is, it's too small for them to actually play in. If I had my own home it would be so much different and so much easier.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I knoq ir is hard to watch all of them at once. I do the same thing - I have 2 rooms that are off limits to the kids and I have all my nice stuff in them. When I first had my first child I lost a lot of nice things to him breaking them. I learned my lesson for the next 3 kids. You have to try to watch them and lock away what is expensive/nice until they are older!
@mummymo (23707)
29 Jun 08
That is so true worldwise! We all know it is impossible to totally childproof a home but it is still best to do all we can to prevent any problems! Good for you for being so thoughtful sweety! xxx
• United States
25 Jun 08
Childproofing your home is very important. While I believe the best way to prevent accidents is through good old fashion supervision. Making sure your home is safe so that you can attend to other household things is important. I have noticed lately that childproofing means different things at different stages. I have cabinet locks on all my cabinets except a couple of play cabinets for her. I have placed breakable home decorations up high or got rid of them all together(I used to be so concerned about how the house was decorated, and now I have a 1 year old who decorates for me)!Now she is finding way to boost herself up on top of thing! I think its important that chidren have safe areas in which to explore and learn. As a parent you always have to try and stay a step ahead, when you think they can't get into something, they will either prove you wrong, or will able to do it in a few months!