Toddler-proofing 101

*This post is in collaboration with Dreambaby®

Toddlers, and kids in general, have an incredible sense of adventure and want to explore and investigate every room and cupboard in your home. No problem if all you have stored in those rooms are linens, plastic containers and other unbreakable and non-dangerous items. Or if your kids actually listen and follow instructions – “don’t touch the power sockets, you’ll get zapped”, “knives are tools, not toys”, and of course, “only adults touch the bleach”.

Kids actually listening to instructions? I hear lots of laughter….

With our eldest, like most first-time parents, we baby-proofed the crap out of our house. Power socket safety covers were everywhere, kitchen drawers were secured, and cleaning products were stored up high, well out of the reach of children and in a locked cupboard. We even put a barrier around our timber wine rack.

Our eldest was a dream when it came to safety around the house. The barrier around the wine rack wasn’t needed. When he told him not to touch the bottles of red wine, he didn’t. Simple. He went off to play with his trains and his books, perfectly accepting of that rule.

If I accidentally forgot to lock one of the kitchen drawers, even the one with the plastic cling wrap and aluminium foil in it, he’d point out the unsecured lock to me and even try to lock it himself. He was a child who thrived on rules, limits and boundaries. We knew where we stood with him. We were all on the same page and were feeling pretty confident about the parenting gig.

Cue our second child, the toddler, AKA the toddler tornado.

This was the child who child safety products were designed for.

Before our second child was able to crawl, we’d already seen a glimpse of his personality and knew that things were going to be different this time around. This little dude marched to the beat of his own drum. He did things his way.

The power sockets that had previously been unguarded, were now plugged with safety socket covers, and items of furniture placed in front of them, should he decide to try and utilise some kind of super-human strength, and stick a metal item in the socket.

He pushed all of the bottles of wine on the wine rack back off the racks so they fell on the floor. Thankfully, no bottle was broken, and I’m pretty sure I almost had a heart attack over some mighty fine shiraz potentially being spilt all over the carpet before I even had a chance to enjoy it…

Kitchen cupboard doors were secured with sliding locks to protect glass bottles of oil, dry dog food, containers of oats and other tempting looking boxes of cereal. The rare moment I forgot to lock the sliding lock (or our seven year old forgot to secure it too), the toddler had seized the opportunity. We found the pantry doors wide open, the carnage of spilt containers of Cheerios, dry dog food, bruised potatoes, open biscuit container and trail of chomped milk arrowroot biscuits, and what seemed like piles of onion husk coverings all over the kitchen floor….

spilled-dog-food

A bag of dry dog food goes a long way…

The toddler circles the pantry like a shark, waiting for the opportunity to arise again when he can pounce on the unlocked door, gorging on milk arrowroot biscuits once more. So far, we’ve remembered to lock them each time since then, and everything remains safe and out of his reach.

The sliding door locks are brilliant as you can open and close them with one hand. Because as parents, how often do we have two free hands? Me – hardly ever. I’m either holding the toddler, picking up stuff off the floor or putting stuff away. I can’t have cupboard door locks that require me to use both hands at once to open and then lock them again.

Thankfully the Dreambaby® drawer locks we’ve used are strong. The locks are a challenge to him. I’ve watched him pull on the drawer handle with all his strength, trying to open it, but the locks have held fast. Another day has passed where sharp kitchen utensils have been kept separate from our toddler tornado and he is safe.

The sacrificial, unlocked cupboard that holds the plastic containers though, well that’s another story.

The child safety products have well and truly been tried and tested in our home, and passed with flying colours. Happy parents, safe kids.

Please remember though, that there is no substitute for proper adult supervision.

Have you got a toddler tornado, or little ones that are starting to be on the move?

I’ve got a safety product pack to giveaway to one of my fabulous followers – just let me know why you’d like to win the safety pack in the comments below!

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  • I’d love it if you follow Life, kids and a glass of red on Facebook – you’ll be kept up to date with all the awesome stuff going on and I’d be really happy!
  • Entry opens at 7.30am AEDT 19 January 2016, and closes at 7.30pm AEDT 29 January 2016.
  • Prize is Dreambaby® Sliding Lock with Catch (pack of two, RRP $9.95), and Dreambaby® Secure Catches (pack of 14, RRP $7.95).
  • Entries only open to Australian residents.
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*I was gifted the Dreambaby® products mentioned in this post to review, but all opinions are my own.

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24 thoughts on “Toddler-proofing 101

  1. Our 3rd daughter is a tornado as well. She has figured out all the safety stuff already – can unlock the drawers, pulls off the outlet covers, etc…. We some times call her Houdini. The older two NEVER did this! To boot we are “old parents” now 43 and 47. She’s just two and we are already worn out!!

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  2. Toddler tornado for sure! I am currently lamenting the loss of one of my electric mixer beaters that has been stolen from the drawer and put … somewhere. I’m slowly adjusting to the fact I’m going to have to spend at least $50 to replace my perfectly great beater because of this missing item that appears to have disappeared into thin air! #TeamIBOT

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  3. We seem to have lucked out – we didn’t need to to toddler-proof our house for any of our kids. We’re in the weeds, over here, when it comes to getting very big kids to clean their rooms, though. We have decided we should just replace the carpet and fumigate when they eventually leave home. Seems simpler.

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  4. Wow! That picture up top is crazy! Yes, I know all about dog food and how far it can travel with very little help. Somehow we make it through. It sounds like you have good help with the door locks! We use ours for the CD cabinet. Otherwise it’s just way too tempting to pull those out and scratch them up! Stopping by from Domesblissity. 🙂

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  5. Oh my Gosh! They sure keep you on your toes. Fortunately both of mine weren’t much of a tornado. I told them not to touch and they didn’t. My youngest however has a tendency to want to put small items up her nose and in her mouth. I have to keep my eyes on her all the time 🙂

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