Guest Post: How To Protect Your Mobile Children

Posted on Sep 6 2011 - 10:16am by Mommy Posh

Today’s guest post is from Laura Cecil, a writer forĀ Livesnet.com, a site where baby products are reviewed. Laura has great recommendations on ways you can protect your mobile child inside your own home.

Protect Your Mobile Children

The good news for parents is that the infant will become mobile and more independent after an age of about six months. Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news. Once the child become mobile, everything in the home will be interesting to him or her; everything will present some sort of danger. This is definitely the time to protect the child against these lurking household dangers by buying a few safety devices.

Stairways are always a problem. If your home has direct access to either the top or bottom of a stairway, you can be sure that the baby is going to want to climb. You’ll need one or more good baby gates to keep the baby off from the stairway. One gate that is highly recommended is the Evenflow Top of Stairs Plus. This gate is securely mounted using screws; it can be painted or if you prefer stained to match the decor of your room; and it is less expensive than other gates of similar quality. The baby will find it nearly impossible to open the gate. Even adults must practice in order to open it readily.

Babies are drawn to electrical outlets for some reason. Outlets are extremely dangerous. One mistake can take a life. Spend a small amount, only a few dollars, to ensure that the baby never has a shocking experience. Buy a package of electrical outlet plugs. There are about three dozen to a package. Make sure that every unused outlet has one of these plugs securely installed. They provide cheap insurance and peace of mind.

Cabinet doors and drawers are another great attraction. Babies are curious. If they see you open a drawer of a cabinet, they are going to want to try it. If they are not protected by safety latches, the baby can get into some serious problems with household chemicals and sharp objects. Every day some child is injured by pulling a drawer out so far that it falls out on him. Install a safety latch on any door or drawer that can be reached by the baby.

Convincing a child at the toddler stage to sit in a car without squirming around is a lot like trying to teach a dog not to wag his tail at dinner time. It will never happen. Once the child has become too big for the infants rear-facing car seat, a convertible car seat is a must to protect both you and the child when you are on the road. There are many manufacturers of excellent high quality and safe car seats, and most of them are going to be costly, but the protection that it provides for the child is priceless. The Britax Convertible Car Seat is highly recommended by consumer groups and by parents who have used them.

Babies need exercise. Most of the trouble that they can get into results from their need to move and explore. An exersaucer has solved the problem for many parents. You can place the baby in it where he or she is surrounded by interesting toys that move and sway. The baby can spend a considerable time enjoying the experience. The greater benefit, however, is to the parent. The exersaucer remains stationary wherever you place it. It’s not a place where you would place the baby for long periods of time, but it does provide a place to provide the parent with a short respite from baby care while doing other things.

Infants don’t really need a lot of toys, at least for the first year. You’ve undoubtedly experienced friends or family at Christmas or birthdays, where the infant tears of the wrapping paper with glee, and shows more interest in the box in which a gift comes than in the gift themselves. After the first birthday, it’s time to introduce safe soft toys to the child. Soft blocks are great for developing motor skills. The baby can stack them, throw them, and knock them down without injury.

These are just a few of the things that can help the baby to grow safely, and to keep the parent sane throughout the process. A few involve a justifiable expense for safety, but most are relatively inexpensive. It’s all part of the joys of parenthood.

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Laura Cecil is a writer for www.livesnet.com, a site for baby products reviews and tips. She loves to make reviews on baby bestsellers and shares her parenting stories. She would like to connect with you on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/livesnet). Please read her lastest review on Britax best rated convertible car seat and find out why she loves it the best.

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Pam from Two Loons September 6, 2011 at 10:30 am -

    My kids are a bit older now but this is such great information. We learned the hard way with a few things when our children were babies. Glad to see the recommendation for the Britax car seat. We used that for years. In fact, we knew someone who had a serious car crash and even though the adults in the car were injured, the baby in the Britax seat was completely safe.

  2. Erin Patrick September 6, 2011 at 10:39 am -

    Thanks for posting Laura’s tips. I’m going to show the article to my daughter who has a 2 yr old and a new born. Stopping by from voiceBoks!
    ~Erin

  3. Mrs. Diner September 6, 2011 at 11:28 am -

    Love that gate! We’ve been using them for 9+ years! Very durable and inexpensive for the type of gate.

  4. Kathy September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm -

    It’s been a while since I thought about this since our youngest is 6 but boy does it bring back memoires!! I love the Britax car seat, I used one with all three of my kids, and 13 years ago you couldn’t find them everywhere, they are wonderful!! All your tips are great, I still have some plugs with the baby proofing!! One thing I found in the kitchen is to keep one cabinet for baby. Pots and pans that they can take out, wooden spoons, spatualas, they can enterain themeslves while you are doing something in the kitchen (obviously not when you are carrying hot pans or anything like that) my kids and I would have parades with pots and pan bands!! It was always fun!! Thanks again for a great post, have fun with your beautiful baby!!! Mommy Posh, thanks for another great post!!

  5. NYOA September 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm -

    All very great reminders… if another one happens upon us. :) Very informative and great for new moms! TY! -NYOA

  6. Christina September 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm -

    Very great tips. I’ve used all those products for my children and will be getting them out again when I have grandchildren (someday…not anytime soon!). Babyproofing is very serious business as those little guys can get into anything in a split second. Thanks for a great article!

  7. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm -

    These are excellent tips! Isn’t it so true that they don’t need toys all of the time. They usually want to be touching what you’re touching, right!

  8. Great Beauty Buys September 7, 2011 at 12:17 am -

    Baby gates were a necessity in our house. I’m a new follower of your blog from the VoiceBoks Members to Remember list. Have a great day.

  9. Chloe September 7, 2011 at 10:28 am -

    These are great tips! Once my daughter was mobile, I was SO thankful that we don’t have stairs, because she was crazy! hah. I’m stopping by from vB. :)

  10. Nan @ Playful Decor September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm -

    Yes, great tips! We had the top-of-stair gate and loved it! It worked great and then when we moved into a different house and didn’t want them going UPstairs, we put it at the bottom and worked fine as well.

    Can I add another safety concern? Attch the tv to the cabinet and attach the cabinet to the wall. My hub works in the med field and has seen his share of severly injured kids because of tv falling on them. That is for those kids that survive, some don’t.

  11. Mommy September 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm -

    Yes, attaching the TV to the cabinet and cabinet to the wall is a GREAT tip! Thanks for sharing….

  12. Miriam September 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm -

    Very timely for me and my family! My last baby is walking and getting very exploratory. These are great reminders.

    Great to visit from VB!

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