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11 Places in the Home That Can Be a Danger to Babies and Toddlers

It’s no secret that babies and toddlers are curious creatures. They have a natural need for exploration, but all too often they don’t understand the dangers of their curiosity. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day in the United States an average of 18 children die from injuries related to what they found or did indoors.” Keep your little one safe by being aware of these 11 places in your home that can be dangerous to them. At safekids.org they provide people with tips for keeping kids safe. Here are a few more ideas.

  1. Blinds and Curtains

While blind cords or curtains can be a choking hazard, they also pose a strangulation risk for babies and toddlers who put them around their necks while playing with them on the floor.

To prevent this from happening, attach extra-long cord shorteners to your shades that will keep the loops of fabric at least three inches away from the floor.

  1. Fireplaces

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every year almost 200 children are killed in fires started by playing with fire.” It’s important for parents of babies and toddlers to make sure they know not to play near or around a fireplace because their curiosity can lead them perilously close to the fire.

  1. Stairs

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of 17 children are injured in stair-related accidents.” Toddlers love climbing stairs and they’ll do it until you tell them not to. To keep your little one safe around stairs, install gates at the top and bottom of all staircases.

  1. Electronics

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of eight children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to TVs or furniture tip-overs.” Keep your baby safe by unplugging your chargers and electronics when they’re not in use.

  1. Bathtubs

It is said that “Every day an average of seven children drown.” Make sure your baby always has supervision while in a bathtub and never leave them for even a second. Turn off your bathtub faucets while they are in the tub. If your little one is playing in the bath, always empty out the water after they’re done to prevent slipping.

  1. Kitchen

Keep your baby safe in the kitchen by keeping all cabinets closed and installing safety latches to prevent them from opening. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of four children are injured by falls related to kitchen appliances.”

  1. Pools

“Every day an average of two children die in pools and spas.” Make sure your baby always has supervision when they’re near a pool or spa and never leave them unattended for even a second!

  1. Coffee tables

Keep your baby’s hands and feet away from the edge of a coffee table because they can easily get trapped under or between it. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of two children are injured by falls related to coffee tables.”

  1. Space Heaters

Keep your baby safe by making sure they’re never around any type of open flame (including candles, lighters, lanterns, etc.) and are always supervised when around open flames. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of one child dies in a space heater-related accident.”

  1. Bath Toys

Drowning is always a concern for parents. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of one child drowns.” Keep your baby safe in the bathtub by emptying out all water after they’re done playing and keeping all bath toys away from drains.

  1. Stools 

Keep your baby safe in the kitchen by keeping all cabinets closed and installing safety latches to prevent them from opening. At lerablog.org you can find spyware to monitor kids and ensure their safety at all times. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Every day an average of two children are injured by falls related to stools.”

Babies are curious by nature. They want to explore the world around them, but this can include sharp objects or dangerous chemicals that could harm them. Toddlers have a tendency to climb things they shouldn’t which is why it’s important to babyproof your home early on so you don’t have any accidents later down the road. It may seem impossible to babyproof a house with so many possible dangers, but there are certain precautions you can take to ensure your little one’s safety.

It is also important that parents realize that even seemingly harmless things like pillows or towels should not be left out in the reach of their children. This will ensure the child is safe during their exploration of your home. As a parent, it can be difficult to keep track of everything in the house that’s dangerous for kids, but there are certain steps you can take such as putting locks on cabinets and keeping potentially hazardous items out of reach when possible.

A post by Kidal D. (5811 Posts)

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