Oct 14, 2020
Keep Your Child Scot-Free With Momma's Safety Secrets
As they grow up, toddlers start to realize that there is a bigger world that surrounds them outside of their baby carriers. Along with this newfound knowledge, they start to explore on their own – crawling, climbing, walking, tumbling, running, and yes, more running! But this time, it’s either their eyes are half-closed or they are not looking at where they are heading at all.
Boxes are fine and perhaps one of the safer objects in the list of “weird and random stuff a child likes.” But once your toddler starts to fiddle with sharp objects or climb up and down the stairs, or even on top of the table, yikes! It’s suddenly a nightmare for most parents.
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Children are unique in their own little and cute ways. Iris Jo, a teacher and mom of two, shares how her child-proofing experience with her kids was different between the two kids.
“With Josh, my eldest, for a boy, he’s really a good kid. When I tell him to sit down, he follows me. So back then, I didn’t really feel the need to child-proof my home. I’m more chill,” she says. “Because of that, I started to do minor tweaks in our house when my youngest, Ivonne, was about two or three. It was then that I realized that she is the exact opposite of her Kuya. She can’t sit down for more than just five seconds!”
The first rule in childproofing your home is looking at your surroundings from your child’s perspective. Glam-o-mommas’ founder, Amanda Griffin-Jacob, also recommends this: Get down on your hands and feet – crawl if you have to – and ask yourself – “What are the things that my child will see, put in his/her mouth, stick his/her finger in?”
“You’ll really get to see what is dangerous and any valuable/breakable items you might want to either put in place out of reach or store for now,” says Amanda.
Add corner guards
Bless whoever invented these tiny little foams. Corner guards are an inexpensive yet very practical way to protect your baby from those nasty head bumps. They are readily available everywhere. Plus, you can easily attach it to any corner, like the ends of your dining table or any unwanted sharp edges, to serve as a cushion.
Install rubber mats and foam walls
The marble floors and brick tile walls seemed like a good idea until your baby came along and started crawling.
Both Ashley and Iris are fans of foam brick sticker wallpapers (yes – the same ones that flooded your Instagram feed when they were newly released) as they prevented their children from head injuries. Putting rubber mats on the floor is another trick that can save your family from hospital trips.
Invest in a playpen
Playpens are also a good way to keep your child safe. When Iya Villania-Arellano gave birth to her eldest son, Primo, she bought this collapsible foam walls that served not only as a playpen but also a daybed for the family. It has been four years and two new babies later – Leon and Alana – you can still see the playpen on her Instagram feed.
Additional tip: If you have an existing playpen and you feel that your kid is starting to outgrow it, you can easily add extension panels anytime.
Ashley and Iris agree that a small sacrifice you can make is to remove your bed frames first and settle with sleeping on the floor (on a quality mattress of course).
“Instead of really high beds, just get a mattress and lay it flat on the floor,” says Iris. “You can always switch back to those later on. It’s better because you have a peace of mind that your child will not accidentally fall off the bed.”
Ashley seconds this. “When Aki was around 5 months old, we removed our bed frame and slept on the mattress because we’re paranoid that he would roll and we won’t be able to catch him.”
Choose a good mattress that offers back support so that you won’t feel the difference.
Remember, your child’s safety is always the priority. Have a happy, safe, and peaceful home with these child-proofing tips!