Our homes are changing and evolving all the time with TVs, gadgets, new devices, and multiple chargers filling our homes more than ever before. I remember how simple it was to childproof our place when we had our first child. Things have changed since then, and with new technology and new family products available there are some other things we need to consider when it comes to childproofing.
Below you’ll find an updated safety checklist including tips to ensure your little one is safe around new technology and products found in our modern homes.
- Cover all outlets with safety plugs or plastic covers, including USB outlets.
- Store phone and device chargers away when not in use, long cables can be very dangerous for children.
- Secure your flat screen TV to the wall with a wall bracket/stand to avoid it from tipping over.
- Secure window blind cords with a safety device to avoid having dangerous wires hanging.
- Secure all of your large furniture with wall restraints.
- When cooking, use the back burner of your stove and always turn pot handles away from the edge, keep children out of the kitchen when the stove and oven are on.
- Keep all chemicals, medications, batteries out of reach or in locked cabinets.
- Keep your dishwasher closed at all times and your little one away from it. If they get to it, children can easily access sharp knives or forks and detergent.
- Place safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Pull away furniture from windows if possible as little ones love climbing. If this is not feasible secure windows and make sure they have childproofed locks.
- If you use a baby monitor in your child’s room be sure to mount it to the wall and keep all cables away from the crib/bed.
- Wireless headphones, adapters, and other dongles can pose a choking hazard, be sure to keep those away from little ones at all times.
- Keep liquid laundry pacs out of reach or in locked cabinets. We use Tide PODS® with the new Child-Guard zipper for our laundry and always store them on top of a cabinet, out of the kid’s reach.
Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Tide. A product sample and compensation have been received for this review and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.