Window Safety for Baby and Toddler
There is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new baby, and you naturally want your home to be as safe as possible for the new arrival. We often think of kitchens and bathrooms as areas of focus, but don’t forget the windows! It is not hard to take precautionary measures to ensure that your windows remain safe for your baby as they grow into toddler-hood. Following these simple tips and tricks will help make your house a fun and safe environment in which your child can grow, play and learn.
Keep your child's favorite toys near the floor where they can easily access them without climbing.
TUCK UP DANGLING CORDS
If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.
INSTALL WINDOW LOCKS
As your child grows, they’ll love to peek at the world outside. Be sure that toddlers cannot open any window more than four or five inches. If you have windows in your home that fling wide open, secure them with window locks that allow only a few inches of opening. This allows air to circulate, but keeps your child safely inside.
It is important to note that the necessity of window locks extends even to windows with screens. Although a screen may provide a visual barrier, they can easily be pushed out by small children and may result in an accident. Windows that act as emergency exits should not have an additional lock installed. These should stay locked with their standard equipment and not be opened except in the event of an emergency.
KEEP THE WINDOW AREA CLEAR
Another safety measure you can take is to keep the area directly in front of the window clear. A child can easily pick up an object near a window and bang it against the pane which could break the glass. Additionally, objects a child can climb onto in front of a window could lead to a fall if the window is open.
Children are naturally curious and it’s exciting to watch them discover new things. Following the above tips and tricks, you can easily make your home safe and fun for babies and toddlers alike.