The living room is the hub of your home, one of the most-used rooms for quality time as a family. Once your little cherub is ready to start exploring, the living room can quickly turn into ‘the danger zone.’ Here are five things to look out for when childproofing the living room.
Lock It Up Tight
Make sure your toddler doesn’t turn your bookshelves into the riskiest jungle gym ever. When they’re learning to walk, your little one will use anything and everything to pull themselves up into a standing position. Adorable when they’re using an anchored table, *slightly* scary when they start tugging on the tv stand. Test all your furniture before they’ve hit the standing stage and secure tippy furniture to the wall or move it out of reach.
Keep it Squishy
Toddlers are clumsy and don’t yet know what can cause boo-boos. Stay one step ahead by giving sharp or hard surfaces a cushioned buffer: foam bumpers on table corners, non-slip area rugs over hardwood floors. Better yet, when you can, move pointy and sharp objects out of your baby’s reach.
Get Stringy With It
Hanging and loose cords from blinds or electronics are a major attraction to your wide-eyed toddler. Wrap up all hanging blinds and cords to get rid of potential choking hazards. Loose electrical cords are a guide straight to an outlet or a piece of technology they shouldn’t play with. Secure the cords to the wall or hide them behind secure furniture so there’s no temptation to play.
Create a Gated Community
Once they’re crawling on their own, your little one’s world suddenly expands. In case your little has a need for speed, put up safety gates in the entryways to the living room so they can’t jet off in the blink of an eye. If you have any stairs leading directly into the living room, make sure to have gates set up at the top and bottom of the staircase to keep your curious kid on the floor you want them on.
Reach For It
Anything that’s within your child’s arm’s reach is fair game to them. Spoiler alert: They won’t be able to tell the difference between a breakable vase and a new toy until it’s in pieces on the floor. Offense is the best defense (or something like that), so crawl around on your hands and knees to see what needs to be moved up higher or into a new room altogether.
Ready to move on to the rest of your house? Might we recommend more of our Home Safetyarticles? Get the 411 on the rooms to childproof next.