Childproofing the kitchen and bathroom!
Bath time is fun…but the bathroom is full of potential dangers for children!
There are few places in the house that you spend more time, and there are few rooms that are more dangerous! The kitchen and bathrooms are areas that can be full of potential hazards for your child. Take a look at the list below and then tackle these two rooms…..
- Always supervise your child in the kitchen. When cooking, be sure that your child is not under foot. Place your child in a safe place, like a high chair when you are cooking, never hold your child while you are working in the kitchen. Children may grab at hot foods are sharp items.
- Try to use the back burners of the stove and keep pot handles turned away.
- Teach words like “hot” and “don’t touch”.
- Explore the use of stove guards if your knobs are easy for small hands to reach.
- Use painter’s tape to tape an “unsafe zone” on the floor around your stove to keep children a safe distance from the stove and from being under foot when you are cooking.
- Use cabinet latches. Keep one or two drawers or cabinets that are safe for your child. There is nothing more fun than plastic containers and lids!
- Dishwasher soap and cleaners are poisonous! They should be stored high with cabinet latches.
- Think about switching from hazardous cleaners like chlorine bleach, glass cleaners, and liquid drain openers to safer cleaners like vinegar, compressed air drain openers, baking soda and other non hazardous cleaners.
- Be sure that vitamins have child-resistant caps and are stored high and in a latched cabinet. Never talk about vitamins as “candy”.
- Do not use tablecloths. Children will use tablecloths to pull up resulting in dishes, food, lit candles etc. being pulled off the table.
- Always strap your child into the high chair and do not leave your child unattended.
- Do not try to carry hot food and your baby at the same time.
- Never leave a child unattended with any container of liquid like a bucket. Children are top heavy and can fall head first into a bucket of water. If you are washing your floors, keep your baby in a safe place. Empty buckets completely and store upside down.
- Keep alcoholic beverages locked up and out of reach. Be careful with alcoholic drinks on tables within your child’s reach, children will take drinks of liquids in glasses that are unattended. It takes very little alcohol to cause alcohol poisoning in a small child.
- Unplug electrical appliances like coffee pots, toasters, and blenders when not in use.
- Keep knives and other sharp objects in latched drawers.
- Place knives and sharp utensils in the dishwasher with handles up. If your child does pick up a sharp utensil, do not try to pull it out of their hand, firmly squeeze the child’s wrist and the child will let go of the sharp item.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Keep the bathroom door closed. Out of sight, out of mind! Use a door latch if necessary.
- Keep the toilet lid closed. Install a lid latch if necessary. Remember babies and toddlers are top heavy and can fall head first into the toilet.
- Keep razors, scissors, tweezers and other sharp tools out of reach.
- Keep the blow dryer and curling iron unplugged and out of reach. If a curling iron is still hot, put it in a protective cover and store out of reach.
- Keep all medications in child proof containers and locked. As a double layer of protection, lock up all medications, any self respecting toddler can open a “child proof lid” faster than you! We used a metal document container to lock up medications…it worked great!
- Keep mouthwash, perfume, and after shave out of reach. All these items have a high alcohol content.
- Be careful with using drop in toilet cleaners. The chemicals are harmful if your baby would ingest toilet water or the toilet cleaner.
- Place a nonslip mat in the bath tub and a mat outside of the tub.
- Put a soft plastic guard over the tub spout to protect your child’s head. Seat your child facing away from the faucet, this may keep your child from trying to turn on the water.
- Keep the water heater turned down to 120 degrees F. This will prevent burns from hot water.
- Never, never, leave your child unattended in the bath…even for a moment. The bath rings used to help babies sit up in a tub are not a safety device…there have been many accidental drownings when a parent has left a child in a bath ring unattended for just a moment.
- Teach your child to sit in the tub at all times. This is a non negotiable safety rule!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.