Updated: Feb 4, 2019
By Navita Ramlakhan, Education Director
As an Early Childhood Educator, I have learned that we should actually limit the times we tell children to be safe. Our risk aversion should show not through words, but rather through how we build our classrooms. We should create an environment where children are protected from harm and not afraid to take risks. Infants and toddlers learn best when they can experience the world with all 5 senses. Within this blog, we include a few simple steps to ensure your home is safe for your child to explore:
What to keep out of reach:
Keep electrical cords tucked away and out of mobile infants and toddlers’ way.
Keep adult food out of children's reach. These foods include carrots, popcorn, chips, hot beverages, spicy food, nuts, and raisins.
Tie up curtain cords and keep them out of reach.
Store toys, objects, and furniture that children can pull on top of themselves away (including items on top of tables and chairs).
Crock pots and bottle warmers.
What to lock away:
Cover electrical outlets.
Do not provide toys with strings more than 6 inches long.
Keep doors and gates locked with child protective locks.
Do not place pillows, stuffed animals, or pacifiers with a string in cribs.
Do not place blankets in cribs.
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Our final and most simple tip to ensure that the environment is childproof is to imagine the world from your child’s perspective. Lay on the floor or get on your hands and knees and move around the environment. You will see what your child sees and the things which could be potential danger to them. It will also enable you hopefully to see the world from the exciting perspective of a child.