Now that your child is a toddler, you will need to re-evaluate the baby-proofing cautions you’ve taken to make your home safe. Get down on your hands and knees and explore your home with an eye for all the places a curious toddler could find trouble.
- Ensure your baby’s crib, car seat, stroller, and all other equipment meet safety standards.
- Store all household cleaners, medications, cosmetics, vitamins, and other poisons in secured cabinets out of reach of your baby. Install safety gates on stairs.
- Prevent choking by keeping small objects away from your child. Restrict choking hazard foods like nuts and hotdogs and ensure pacifiers meet safety standards.
- Never leave your toddler unattended in the bath.
- Ensure toys are age-appropriate and have no small pieces that can be removed or broken off.
- The lead in old paint and PVC mini-blinds can cause harm to your baby. Repaint and remove blinds from your home.
- Make sure safety locks are installed on your windows.
- Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to reduce the danger of scalding.
- Keep your home smoke-free. Children exposed to cigarette smoke are at higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and diseases and illnesses such as asthma.
- Accidents happen. Take a child first aid class.