Childproofing Tips For Grandparents

woman-public-III-optThe American Academy of Pediatrics website put together a great list of childproofing tips for grandparents. During the holidays, there can be a lot of traveling to and from grandparent’s houses. We thought this would be a good reminder for our readers through the holiday season.

Safety Inside the Home

  • Smoke detectors should be placed in the proper locations throughout the house.
  • Pets and pet food should be stored out of a child’s reach.
  • Escape plans should be thought about in advance, and fire extinguish­ers should be readily available.
  • Gates should be positioned at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Outlet covers that are not a choking hazard should be placed over sockets to prevent your grandchild from putting herself at risk of an electrical shock. Use furniture or other objects to block access to electrical outlets, wherever possible.
  • Soft covers or bumpers should be positioned around sharp or solid furniture.

Kitchen Safety

  • Put “kiddie locks” on the cabinets; to be extra safe, move unsafe cleansers and chemicals so they’re completely out of reach.
  • Remove any dangling cords, such as those from the coffeepot or toaster.
  • Take extra precautions before giving your grandchild food prepared in microwave ovens. Microwaves can heat liquids and solids unevenly, and they may be mildly warm on the outside but very hot on the in­side.

Bathroom Safety

  • Store pills, inhalers, and other prescription or nonprescription medi­cations, as well as medical equipment, locked and out of the reach of your grandchild. Be especially vigilant that all medications of any kind are kept up and away from a child’s reach and sight.
  • Put nonslip material in the bathtub to avoid dangerous falls.
  • If there are handles and bars in the bathtub for your own use, cover them with soft material if you are going to be bathing the baby there.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a tub or sink filled with water.

Toy Safety

  • Buy new toys for your grandchild that have a variety of sounds, sights, and colors. Simple toys can be just as good. Remember, no matter how fancy the toys may be your own interac­tion and play with your grandchild are much more important.
  • Toys, CDs, and books should be age-appropriate and challenge chil­dren at their own developmental level.
  • Avoid toys with small parts that the baby could put into her mouth and swallow. Follow the recommendations on the package to find toys suitable for your grandchild’s age.
  • Because toy boxes can be dangerous, keep them out of your home, or look for one without a top or lid.

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