Babyproofing Your Home: Did You Check Off Every Hazard in the House?

You may have covered your outlets and sharp edges, but there are plenty of other safety hazards for baby in the modern home.

I remember when my oldest son was born and I couldn't wait for him to hit his milestones. Every day seemed like an eternity until he finally started cooing, smiling, laughing, grabbing, pointing, rolling over, sitting, and crawling.

Oh, crawling...what was I thinking trying to rush that moment? I was eager for him to reach that milestone but not everything else that came along with it. When your baby is crawling, almost everything in your house is a hazard. That seemingly harmless planter? Your baby can reach in and eat the dirt and small pebbles. That cute doll with all the bright and small buttons that your grandmother sewed as a companion for your little one? Potential choking hazard. Your favourite coffee table that you inherited? A sharp-edged death trap for your mobile baby.

 

Most new parents have done their research and know some of the important places and items that need to be baby proofed—putting a gate on the stairs, covering up electrical outlets and putting covers on sharp edges. However, many parents may not consider baby proofing other important areas in their home. The modern home is changing, and so are the things we need to consider when childproofing, like the home office and laundry room. Some of the changes include USB outlets which are increasingly replacing classic three prong outlets, shattered smartphone screens that can be tempting to touch, and new innovations in cleaning—like liquid laundry pacs. 

 

Safeguarding the Laundry Room

Like millions of other families, I've started using laundry pacs in our laundry routine as an easy and effective detergent option. It's a 3-in-1 laundry solution that consists of a detergent, stain remover and brightener all at once. It's hard to imagine using anything else now. Of course, this change came with the additional step of ensuring we use and store them safely.

Our laundry room is in the basement, next to the kids’ toys room and a bathroom. So, I always have to ensure that they don't have access to the liquid laundry packets. Laundry pacs should be stored in a secure container, like the one Tide created with the first-ever child-resistant design and Child-Guard zipper. 

Even with the sealable bag, it’s important to keep laundry packets up high and closed, so you can keep little ones safe. That's why I always place my liquid laundry packets high on top of our elevated dryer, out of their reach.

If your laundry room has a cabinet, like the one pictured below, that's an even better place to store your laundry products. While every laundry room is different and some spaces allow for better storage than others, always ensure that you never leave your laundry packs accessible, unsealed and within arms reach of your kids.

Now that my kids are older and they help me with the laundry, it’s a great teaching opportunity—not only to be independent but also to speak to them about potential hazards. My four-year-old son Ryan always asks me what the warning labels on the laundry packs mean. It's a great conversation to have and it teaches them the lesson that when they see a warning sign, they should stay away!

 

What tips or advice do you have to share regarding baby proofing your home?

This post is brought to you by Tide but the opinions are our own.

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