Our house is full of 50 plus years of my parents stuff so its been hard to make it less destroyable and safer for my energetic toddler.
When she started crawling at 6 months I baby-proofed a small area of the house and cordoned it off by a baby fence (a baby pen I open up into a straight line). Baby-proofing was relatively easy, but toddler-proofing for a walking 11-monther was a whole new ball park. She gets super bored and whiney if I kept her in the safe zone so I have to let her explore the house and garden. I had no other choice but to start toddler-proofing the whole house!
Her are my top toddler-proofing tips:
- Move everything out of reach! Seriously, if you have anything that can be at all broken move it at least 2-3 metres above the ground. You might think 1 metre off the ground is ok since its out of reach, but remember those toddlers can climb!
- Bracket everything to the wall. Anything that could possibly fall down, nail it to the wall. There are too many horror stories of televisions and drawers falling on toddlers.
- Get some great baby and toddler-proofing products. Dreambaby® have some fabulous ones I recently was lucky enough to try out. I love those little power point plug things and my personal favourite are the multi-purpose latches, they are so handy to stop little people opening drawers that I just went out and bought a bunch more.
Thanks to Dreambaby® I've been testing out some of their fabulous products and you can win all of them - keep reading to find out how.
Dreambaby® Cord clamps
I love these things. With 5 people living in one house with power points in silly locations we have a few extension cords going on and these cord clamps are so great for making those power cord plugs safe. My little toddler discovered how fun it is to bash the extension cord on the ground a while ago but has now also decided to try pulling the two cords apart.
These Dreambaby® Cord Clamps fit snuggly over the cords where they join with a double layered clip which fastens firmly over both cords and hold them in place. The have a very snug fit around the cords so they are actually weather proof as well making them great for the outdoors.
Dreambaby® Household Safety Kit
Full of those baby proofing essentials everyone needs like cupboard latches and power point plugs for those kitchen cupboards and power points these Household Safety Kits are a great baby-proofing starter kit. Power point plugs are seriously handy for stopping little fingers and toys making their way into dangerous power points. They are quite handy even for me to remove so my toddler certainly wont be able to get them out.
I also like the kitchen latches that screw into the inside of your kitchen cupboards so they are nicely hidden from view but make cupboards really hard for little ones to break into. They are also great for modern kitchens like ours which doesn't have proper don't handles so there aren't many ways to secure them.
The product in this kit I really love though are the flexible multi-purpose latches. They stick onto cupboards or drawers and have flexible looped fastener that can be opened from either side but require way too much force and fine motor skills for a toddler to open. I loved these so much I went out and bought a whole bunch more to use on all our kitchen drawers since my toddler has discovered how fun drawers are too open.
We have recently had a young family move in next door with an almost 2 year old, an almost 4 year old and a 7 year old. They love to come and visit us and play with my daughter in the front yard. I've given the car reverse beeper to my father to put on his car. Even though I am always there watching, having these car reverse beeper is a bit of piece of mind that just in case the kids don't see the car they can hear it and so can I.
The wonderful people at Dreambaby® has kindly offered to give each of the products you see here to one of you lovely readers! All you have to do is complete the little Rafflecopter survey below and leave me a comment why you need to baby proof your house! If you have trouble just send me a message on Facebook.
Dreambaby® products can be purchased online or at Big W, Target, Kmart, Bunnings, Baby Bunting, Toys R Us and a number of other baby stores and chemists. Also pop over to the Dreambaby® Facebook and Instagram pages. There is also a great Dreambaby® YouTube page full of great safety tips and hints to check out as well.
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Competition commences 12:00am February 14th 2016 and ends 12:00am February 28th 2016. Entry is open to Australian residents only. One reader will win one cord clamp, one Household Safety Kit, and one Car Reverse Alert Beeper from Dreambaby®. Prize is not transferable. Prize will be delivered by Dreambaby®, Looking For Mama Me takes no responsibility for prize delivery. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook.