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5 Ways to Toddler Proof Your Home

Toddler Proof Your HomeAn accident or injury can occur in any part of your home, and especially when there are small children present. Some safety hazards are obvious, such as a toy truck left lying at the top of the stairs, but others are not so easily identified. Toddler proofing your house is a necessity when they begin to walk around and explore their environments. Here are some house safety tips for parents of toddlers:

1. Fall Hazards 

Falls are one of the most common injuries that children can sustain, but when they become inquisitive toddlers, this percentage multiplies. Wall-mounted baby gates are one of the best ways to prevent your child from taking these tumbles. Installing them at the top and bottom of stairs is your best prevention method, while applying padded bumpers to hard and sharp furniture items will keep them safe during spills.

2. Windows 

Did you know that every year more than 4,000 kids end up in the emergency room after tumbling out of a window? It's crucial to install window guards or window stops on all upper-level windows to prevent your child from opening the window completely. Also, toddlers can be strangled by cords on blinds and shades, so place cribs and other furniture away from windows.

3. Airborne Trouble 

If your home was built a while back, there may be lead in the paint under the topcoats on your walls and windows, as well as in old floor varnish. When lead dust gets stirred up during a home renovation, or when paint starts to chip, the toxic particles put your child at risk. These particles can cause developmental and learning problems in children, so it's important to hire a contractor who's certified in safely removing leaded materials.

4. Kitchen Safety

The kitchen can be a very dangerous place for a young child. Between the sharp silverware, all the electrical appliances, and plenty of places to climb and reach to, you may have a lot of toddler proofing to do here. Make sure almost all breakable and sharp objects are well out of reach of you child, and that they can’t climb up anything in the kitchen.

5. Silent Killers 

Radon and carbon monoxide are two very dangerous home hazards that are virtually invisible. For radon, an inexpensive test kit that's available at home-improvement stores will be reliable to make sure your home is safe from this toxic chemical. Also, make sure you are regularly testing the carbon monoxide alarms in your house. There should be a detector in every bedroom.

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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