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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Child Proofing

I just need to take a moment to say how very important it is to consider all the areas where child proofing may be required. Doors are one of the most overlooked areas when child proofing for small children. Parents often assume that small children are not able to open a door that is closed. (I, of course, would NEVER think this.)

It is very important to make sure any doors that lead outside your house are equipped with safety doorknobs to prevent little people from embarking on unauthorized and unsupervised trips to the unknown world.

If you fail to use these all important pieces of equipment, you might just wake up one morning to find that your "not quite 3 yr old" has taken herself for a little visit to Grandma's house.

Trust me when I say that waking up to finding your toddler missing and nowhere to be found is not a fun experience. (Not that this has ever happened to Moi!)

It's even less amusing when you race up the stairs to Grandma's house only to find your little one happily chowing down on whatever goodies Grandma gave her upon her arrival and Grandma sitting in her chair laughing her tail off at your obvious lack of reserve.

Suffice it to say that it's just better for everybody if you invest in the door know things and put up with the irritation, because you might find your toddler taking unauthorized trips to Grandma's house.

Lucky for me, Grandma is upstairs and not down the street. (Not that Risa would ever take off to Grandma's house without me...)


Petula said...

I am so glad this didn't happen to you! Really, I am not smilig! LOL. You're actually very right! It's the exact reason that Anna is still in her crib... I am also glad that Risa's grandma lives upstairs.

April said...

I remember those doorknow things I hated use them I could never get a good grip on them. I'm glad Risa didn't get far :D

April said...

Ummm That is suppose to say doorknob not doorknow :P

Scott and Glenda said...

Nice, and excellent advice. I could not imagine the feeling of finding your child has left your home and not knowing what could happen to them while they attempted to make it to Grandma's house.

I have wrote a post about children being safe in the home while being home alone check it out
10 Kid Safety Tips for Being Home Alone

The Mother said...

Oh, so true. My first child was a timid soul who wouldn't try anything. We got a little sloppy.

My second was a hellion who learned to crawl out of his crib at 9 months. We had to do some serious rechildproofing.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Very informative post. Thanks for this. :)

HealthyTeacher said...

I'm so glad you posted this! With my oldest I never had to do much childproofing, but I doubt that'll be the case with my youngest. He recently learned how to crawl and is quite the little explorer (or troublemaker, depending on my mood, lol).

Creed said...

Great tip! Another overlooked area of childproofing is electrical outlets. Most people just put covers over them but I went a step further and got fire-prevention outlets. It is just one less thing you have to think about.