Where to Start?
Falls generally occur in stairwells. Most parents prefer to set up gates both at the bottom and top of the steps. For the bottom, a pressure-mounted gate is sufficient. For the top, you will need to install a system that firmly screws into the wall or stair post with anchors.
Occasionally, a safety measure can pose a risk in the long run. For example, the gate you placed at the top of the stairs to prevent a crawling baby from tumbling down can become a two-year-old toddler’s favourite climbing structure.
Your Child’s Point of View
By getting down on the floor, you will have a clearer view of all the potential dangers your child might encounter. Which drawers and cabinets can they access? These will need to be secured first.
Might they knock their head on any sharp corners, around the living room coffee table or the fireplace, for example? Install corner guards designed to prevent this kind of injury. You must likewise be vigilant regarding choking hazards when it comes to very young children. Store tiny objects, like the older kids’ miniature toy parts on the top shelves. Batteries and magnets are especially dangerous if swallowed.
Monitor what enters your home, including your bags and visitors’ purses. They may contain small articles, and so must equally be kept out of your little one’s inquisitive hands.