Childproofing Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and no doubt you’re running around wrapping presents, accommodating houseguests and cooking meals. There’s nothing that will bring everything to a halt quite like a visit to the emergency room. That’s what happened to me, and it put things into perspective for this mama.

I had just started cooking. My family was scheduled to arrive at 3pm and our two year old was taking a nap. Or so we thought. There was suddenly a loud thump, followed immediately by shrieking and crying. When we ran to her room, our worst fear was confirmed – she had climbed out of her crib, and fell on the floor. I shut everything off in the kitchen and we drove straight to the ER. Four hours later, we were able to take her home. While she did fracture her arm, I was grateful it wasn’t worse. The whole experience got me thinking. Had she not fallen and gotten hurt, she would’ve had free reign in her room, completely unsupervised. Luckily, we had baby-proofed her room.

There are many things that may seem insignificant to you, but are absolutely fascinating to your toddler. Thankfully there is a myriad of products available to keep those curious kids in check. The most obvious hazards are electrical outlets, especially now, with the increase in light decorations. Outlet covers come in all shapes and sizes. In addition, any loose wires or cords can also be tied together with cord covers, which come in a variety of colors. Another important thing to remember is kids love to climb. That includes cribs, dressers, armoires, even Christmas trees. It’s important to tether the furniture to the wall, and you can also put child safety gates around your Christmas tree.

You can find child safety products in most major stores. There are door knob covers to stop them from opening doors, drawer and cabinet locks, stove and oven guards, even a lock for the refrigerator. There are many way to make this holiday season a safe one. Take the time to baby proof your house now before the mad rush starts in order to protect your kids, and avoid a holiday trip to the emergency room.