This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Most parents spend much time envisioning and planning the perfect, cozy rooms for their kids. We plan out every little detail, but often times overlook one of the most important things when it comes to planning an infant, toddler or kids room: safety.
The great news is that making your kids rooms a safe space is relatively easy with a few adjustments and little planning. My children spend ample time playing independently in their rooms so I wanted to be sure that their rooms were safe spaces (and I didn’t want to constantly feel the need to stay in their rooms 24/7 or check on them obsessively every few minutes, especially as they got older). With a few quick changes, your childs room can be transformed into safe spaces where they can play and relax safely.
8 Tips To Make Your Toddler’s Room Safer:
Anchor Furniture & TV’s
Kids love climbing so making sure that your furniture is anchored to the walls is an absolute must! While furniture may seem stable, the additional weight of a toddler pulling, climbing drawers or pulling on it can cause them to tip over and potentially land on your child causing serious injury or death. You can find furniture and TV anchors at most big box stores as well as online. They simply attach to your furniture and the wall behind them (the process takes 10 minutes at the most to do).
Use Cordless Blinds
Window coverings that have exposed or dangling cords are a strangulation hazard to children (one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes). Installing cordless window blinds in your home is one of the easiest ways to make your home a bit safer when you have infants and young children in the home. This was a safety proofing tip that I moved to the top of our list when we started planning our kids rooms as I knew of someone who had unfortunately lost their child due to strangulation in a corded window blind.
When looking for window coverings and cordless options, you can look for Best for Kids™ program certification on it’s packaging. Best for Kids products are found at major retailers around the country and are a safer option when it comes to cordless blinds. If you can’t replace your corded window coverings, you can order free retrofit kits from WCSC at windowcoverings.org as well!
You can find out more about window coverings and safe options HERE.
Window locks, stoppers or guards are super important for second story windows. Kids are curious and are unaware of the dangers of falling out of a window. Our daughter is obsessed with looking out the window (she used to stack toys to stand on and kept hurting herself which is why we brought in the bench) so we’ve installed stoppers on the top and bottom of the window to ensure it can’t be opened more than a few inches.
Having gates at the top and bottom of stairs is essential to avoid falling accidents. Gates installed at the top of stairs must be screwed into the wall, while gates at the bottom can be tension gates.
Kids are curious and watch everything you do, including plugging and unplugging cords from electrical outlets. To ensure your children’s safety, outlet covers are needed for any easily accessible outlets. You can use the simple socket plug covers (that you plug in), but there are many other options that provide better safety measures. Self-closing electrical outlet covers are a great option as they are easier to use and less of a choking hazard.
Glass-Free & Light Decor
When decorating the walls, keep in mind that kids can be reckless at times. Too hard of a bump into the wall or a ball thrown askew could hit a decoration that could come crashing down. Avoid hanging heavy items or glass frames on the walls, if possible.
Keep Toys Accessible
Keep toys ground level where toddlers and kiddos can easily reach them to avoid climbing furniture. When it comes to storing toys, we love bins and baskets for ease of organizing and labeling. Avoid using toy boxes with heavy lids.
We’re in the stage of life where our oldest has toys with tons of tiny pieces that always worry me as being a choking hazard for his younger, shove-everything-in-her-mouth sister. We try our best to scan over the room daily to make sure there are no errant toys that could be a choking hazard. A good rule of thumb: if it fits through a toilet paper roll, it’s could be a potential choking hazard.
October is National Window Covering Safety Month! Share with friends and families about the safety hazards or cord blinds and encourage everyone to make the switch to cordless blinds. Click the tweet below to share!
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— Amber B. (@amberstarr82) October 11, 2018
These are great tips! I wish I had known them when my kids were younger. Especially the one about anchoring your furniture down. We didn’t do that and when my daughter was 3, she had pulled out the bottom drawer of her dresser and for some reason decided to step in it. The whole dresser toppled over on her! Thankfully she wasn’t hurt.
These are great tips! I wish our landlord will change our window blinds with cords.
This post will help so many people. The most important for me is anchoring furniture.
Excellent ! Blinds with cords are SCARY. and all above mentioned possible dangers…..make your spaces safe.
Woah, these are great tips and reminders! Gonna bookmark to send to a few friends
It’s amazing (and quite scary) the things toddlers go for. Now, that my daughter is expecting, we will need to go through the house and make these adjustments.
Passing this along to all my mommy friends!