When it comes to our children we want to make sure we always look out for their safety. From locking up household cleaners to putting up baby gates, we can ensure that their surroundings are as safe as possible. Now if you’d like to know how to childproof your living room, here are some tips to consider:
Outlets: One thing that is usually eye level with a baby or a young child is an outlet. Outlets are extremely dangerous to anyone that plugs in items that aren’t meant to be plugged in. Whether a child tries to stick their fingers in the plug or they put something such as a fork in the outlet, it can create a very dangerous situation. Outlet covers are a must in order to keep young ones safe.
Cords: It’s also important keep an eye out for the cords that run across your living room. Whether you have a lamp with a long cord or even TV cords that are exposed, you will want to hide them and keep them away from children. Children may try to chew on the cords or may even trip over them.
Stairs: If you have stairs leading to a floor above you or you have stairs leading to a basement, it’s important to put up a baby gate so that your child can’t fall from a high point. Baby gates don’t cost much and can end up saving lives.
Blinds: Though blinds may seem safe just the way they are, they can easily be an item that strangles a child. Children may play with them and tie them around their neck or even their fingers, which can result in lack of circulation. The cords of blinds should be lifted up high so that they’re out of your child’s reach.
Heavy objects: If you have end tables, coffee tables or even bookshelves in your living room it’s important to take off all the heavy items that may be sitting on them. From pulling books down to having a vase of flowers fall on your child, there are many injuries that could result from heavy objects falling down on them.
As you can see, there are some tips for baby proofing your living room. It also never hurts to crawl around on the floor of your living room to see what is at their level and what they can get into.