Parenting Tips for Toddlers - Tips to Keep Your Toddler Happy and Safe

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Parenting Tips for Toddlers

... obviously, when parents think about what is best for a toddler, they think safety. Toddlers are at that stage in child development where their curiosity and desire to explore the world compels them to get into everything. While this can be exasperating for parents, consider the flip side ... what if your child showed no interest in the world?

Feeling lucky now? This article will help you create safe spaces in which your child can explore the world. The trick is to encourage your child's curiosity while preventing danger.

Parenting Tips for Toddlers - Make Your House a Safe, Happy Place for Your Toddler to Explore

Below is a checklist of standard toddler safety items. Click on the links to see a photo of the product. Rather than purchase items one at a time, it's best to get everything you need right now and take the time to install everything at once, so your house will be toddler-proof.

  • Sliding Cabinet Lock
  • Sliding Door Locks
  • Outlet Covers
  • Soft Corner Protectors
  • Drawer Latches
  • Finger Guards

Parenting Tips for Toddlers - Additional Safety Items

Beyond the items listed above, you may also need things that work for your particular home and situation. For instance, if you have a wood stove that use to heat your home during the winter, then you should seriously consider a hearth gate. There is nothing worse than being a burn victim and I wince to think of the beautiful, perfect skin of a toddler being marred by a fire in a fireplace or falling against a roaring wood stove.

You can also purchase one 8" or one 24" extension (usually sold separately) to increase the total width to 88" or 122" respectively.

Another important thing to consider is containing your child within an area which you have made safe. This give toddlers the freedom to move around, rather than keep them inside a playpen, something my toddlers never liked.

With interlocking sections that can be connected at virtually any angle, these customizable gate systems let you create a safe barrier in an irregular area of your home. They are the perfect solution for layouts that don't have mounting points straight across from each other, as many gates require.

Parenting Tips for Toddlers: Using childproofing products is a way to encourage your child's curiosity and joy of discovering while keeping him safe.

Finally, you might want to consider a safety gate that is designed to allow you to open it even when your hands are full.

About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning parenting book Keepers of the Children which teaches parents how to raise children to become progressively aware of what their strengths are, so they can grow into adults who lead meaningful and productive lives.

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