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It has been a number of years since there have been toddlers at my home and so I don’t have to give any thought to child safety gadgets. A friend with a curious and active toddler may be coming to stay for a few days and I’d like to make sure that my home is welcoming but toddler friendly.
Apart from plug covers, drawer latches, and a stair gate, what other measures do moms with toddlers feel are an absolute necessity?
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I only realized the safety threats around the house when my friend brought over her under 1 year old recently! The biggest worry for me has been chokable items on the floor or close to reach. For us, my husband's Lego pieces and drawer access to cooking items was easily reachable. So, anything that you don't really pay attention to day-to-day but that could be mistaken for a lolly, is worth securing away!
That is very considerate of you to babyproof your house. I go through this every few years with a new grandchild.
All of the advice given and your attempts at babyproofing seem to cover the majority of the highlights.
Do you have any pets? If so, they may be a concern for your friend. I would ask her input on what makes her comfortable with a pet in the house.
Along the same lines, I would ask her to do a once-over of your home for her safety concerns and input once she is at your house. By giving her this latitude to do a safety check, she will be more comfortable in making any suggestions for her particular needs and child.
Enjoy the visit!
There are a few things that we use that I wouldn't have thought of until my little ones got curious.
Stove knob guards - Toddlers are the perfect height to reach (and turn on!) the knobs.
I use rubber bands and hair ties on my cabinets. It seems to work just as well and they aren't expensive. This might be a good option for your friend if it's just a short visit.
I also just try to keep small objects about waist height (on counters and shelves). And, just in case, remove any hazardous materials from the lower cabinets (bathroom and kitchen).
A Summer Play yard is a great thing to have on hand to keep toddlers enclosed. You may be able to find one used before the visit or to borrow.