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Month 14

month_14Take a few moments to reevaluate your toddler proofing strategies to ensure she won’t get into too much mischief in the coming months.

At a year and two months, your little one is really on the move. While the discoveries she’ll make through her wobbly wanderings should be exciting for you both, it’s important to remember she hasn’t learned yet what could hurt her. Take a few moments to reevaluate your toddler proofing strategies to ensure she won’t get into too much mischief in the coming months.

Even if you thoroughly baby-proofed your home a few months ago, your toddler’s newfound mobility will require you to beef up your security measures. When getting started, the first and most important thing to remember is to never underestimate the power of a 1 year old—if you think she can’t get it, she can. If you think he can’t reach it, he will. The specifics will vary from home to home, but we’d like to share some tips any parent can use.

1. Get down—no, really. Crawl around on your hands and knees to see the world as your toddler does. Look for small items, sharp corners, large gaps in railings and other potentially hazardous obstacles.

2. Check out floors. Toddlers have a hard enough time staying upright without worrying about rugs. To prevent sliding, trips and falls, make sure rugs have non-skid backings and are laying flat at all times.

3. Cover up knobs. You’ve probably already placed latches on low cabinets, but you may not have covered knobs. Be especially certain to keep external doors and bathrooms off limits, and don’t forget to cover stove knobs as well.

4. Check the water heater. Hopefully, your little one will never make it into the bathroom to play in water unattended. (Remember: Less than an inch of water is considered a drowning hazard.) Keep your hot water heater set below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding.

5. Secure the television. Your toddler will be pulling up on anything and everything in your home. Since TVs today are often large and top heavy, ensure yours is properly secured to prevent it from toppling over on your little one. Additionally, check that the power outlet it is plugged in to and all others in the house are protected from your toddler.

TIPS

  • It can be tempting to fret over every move your little one makes in an effort to keep him out of harm’s way, but it’s important to sit back and let him explore both indoors and out on his own sometimes (with supervision). Challenges—and sometimes mistakes—help your toddler learn and grow.
  • If an accident does happen, the last thing you want to do is waste time searching for emergency contact information. Compile a list of phone numbers of friends and family, the pediatrician, poison control and other important contacts and place the list in an easy-to-find location.