Why Risk When You Can Make It Safe?Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Having an active toddler at home can be very stressful for first time moms like me. However, no matter how cautious and careful we are when it comes to our child’s safety, still there are uneventful things happen to our wee ones.
Frightening as it is for us, some would just say it is “part of growing up”. But why would you risk your toddler’s safety if you could avoid all the danger awaiting to happen, right?
When I was still pregnant with my daughter, me and hubby talked about baby/childproofing our house. We wanted to make sure that our home will be a safe environment for our daughter. So, here are some of what we agreed to make our home safer for our Little Girl:
• Bed on the floor – even before our daughter learned how to crawl, we already placed our bed down on the floor. There was an incident before when my godson fell when he was 7-months old and we didn’t want to take any chance for it to happen to our daughter.
• Puzzle floor mat – because we don’t want our daughter to have a serious head injury caused by a strong bump on the floor. Besides, it would be a great idea to design our room with these colorful mats that has alphabets and numbers in it. She'd definitely enjoy learning with those!
• No glass cabinets – luckily, we don’t have the type of furniture in our home and neither will we plan to buy in the future. We don’t want a broken glass to cut our precious little daughter’s skin. And by the way, cabinets containing hazardous chemicals were locked properly.
• Safety toddler gate – we have one installed a few feet away from our main door, and we’re glad we don’t have stairs here. Thanks to my Dad, he gave us one for her grand-daughter.
• Socket covers – we have them too. It’s just great that most of the electrical sockets in our house are high enough for our toddler, but those within her reach had socket covers.
Along the way, as our child grows, we also realized that the need for safety also changes. It’s just up to us what is needed to be done to still keep our home safe for them. But our job as a parent didn’t end there by just making their surrounding safe. It is also our responsibility, to teach our little ones to know what is safe or not, how to take care of them selves, and how to stay away from hazard and danger.