Our 1y8m is a very active toddler. She is interested in EVERYTHING inside our home. My main concerns are kitchen and bathroom. I try to explain her what she may and what she may not do because she could hurt herself but some things are to much fun for her. She sometimes tries to sneak in the kitchen and try to do things that I said her not to do (like touching the oven or opening the freezer).
Do you use any products to prevent your toddler from entering certain areas (like safety gates) or to notify you when toddler enters the room (like baby monitors)?
I've got safety clips on cupboards in the kitchen as my son was almost cut to ribbons pulling and smashing all the dinner plates around himself. I've got a really secure on the cupboard with the bleach and washing up liquid in it. I don't keep anything in the bathroom that he can touch but he does try play with the toilet so I just tell him no and take himy away over and over. He will get the message eventually just like his sister did.
We have a stair gate on our kitchen as that doesn't have a door but the rest of doors have locks at the top so he can't get into a room that I don't want him too. The sink in our downstairs bathroom has a temperature cap on the hot tap so it only gets lukewarm.
When she was younger, I put cabinet locks on all the kitchen cabinets and the pantry. I moved cleaning supplies to an upper cabinet just in case she ever figured out the locks. She's almost 4 now and still can't undo the locks. My stove is electric and digital and she can't turn it on. I've been able to get rid of some of the locks, like the panty, now she's older.
I put a cabinet lock on the vanity in the bathroom. I also put a toilet lock on the toilet lid. I got rid of the toilet lock a while back.
I secured bookcases, shelves, tables, chests to the wall. She's a climber! I changed mini blinds out for cordless window coverings. (a friends 3 year old hung himself from a mini blind during nap time, so I've always been worried about those things) And then the usual, like outlet sliding locks. Once she got a bit bigger, around 3, I had to put chain locks on all the doors leading to outside bc she had figured out how to work the locks and the deadbolts.
I probably went a bit overboard with all this stuff as I'm usually with her when we are home bc she follows me everywhere and stays wherever I am.
All we have is a gate at the stairs and a lock on the cabinet under the kitchen sink where we keep some cleaning supplies. We don't care if she plays in the low cupboards in the kitchen because all they contain are Tupperware and pots and pans. We just keep the bathroom doors all closed to keep her out.
Honestly, no, we didn't really babyproof much at all and I think that's probably why ours didn't really have an interest in getting in to things for too long. We did have stair gates at top and bottom of the steps just so she didn't fall down them. In the bathroom I kept any cleaners up above eye level on a shelf out of reach, but in the kitchen it's just in the cupboard under the sink. When she was little (under about 2 or so), there was really no reason for her to be in the kitchen unattended. I kept knives and scissors out of reach in a holder on the counter but the stove and cupboard she could easily get to. I just made sure she never had a chance to as there's really no reason for her to be in the kitchen while I was somewhere else. If I needed to do something somewhere else in the house I just brought her with me. After 2 or so, it was easier to explain she shouldn't touch those things because they would make her tummy poorly. She understood and listened. We live in the countryside so we used the same explanation for flowers, berries and mushrooms she might find outside. That just seemed to work. We also explained the oven was hot and would burn her. She did touch the outside of the door a few times (which is warm but not hot enough to burn) and that was enough to convince her!
I think keep things out of reach when possible and use a gate if you feel you need to, but also never too early to actually teach about what's safe and what isn't. You'll probably surprised what they understand.
Iv never actually babyproofed at all. No stairgates or anyyhing but i do think when my baby gets older i will actually do it this time as i cant have eyes on her every second, was alot easier when my other 2 were smaller as i was always with them. They soon learned not to pull all the stuff out the kitchen but i had a cupboard for them full of plastic cups etc and i let yhem play around in that one.
I bought lots of baby proofing stuff and then never really used it because she was always with me when too young to understand. We have a lock on the chemical cupboard under the sink. We did have a stair gate on the kitchen door but it was only ever used if I was cooking something and she wanted to be hanging off my legs so at risk of burns etc. Most of the rest of the time it was left open as it was such a PITA.
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