Choosing safe and age-appropriate toys

Our little one’s safety is paramount.

As a mom, I understand the constant need to protect our active babies and energetic toddlers. They may tend to run, jump, or kick, eager to explore and discover the world around them. During these exciting times, they may unknowingly put themselves at risk.

As moms, we bear the responsibility of ensuring their environment is secure, nurturing, and free from potential dangers. Every corner of our homes becomes a new adventure for them, and it’s up to us to ensure it’s safe. With that in mind, I’m here to offer guidance and support in creating a haven for your little one. Together, we’ll explore essential tips that will help you protect your child from harm within the familiar walls of your home. 

The risks babies and toddlers face when safety measures are overlooked at home

Babies and toddlers are at a stage where their curiosity and desire to explore the world around them are at their peak. As moms, we cherish their inquisitive nature and want to encourage their exploration. We love watching them learn and discover new things every day. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that dangers can lurk in even the most seemingly harmless corners of our homes.

When safety measures are overlooked, our little ones may face risks that could have otherwise been prevented. As a mom who has navigated this journey, I understand the importance of being aware and proactive in creating a safe environment for our precious children.

One of the common risks is accidental falls. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious and tend to climb and reach for objects that catch their attention. Unsecured furniture, open windows, or unattended staircases pose serious hazards. Small objects or choking hazards that we might not even notice can also be within their reach.

Another significant concern is the potential for burns or scalds. Hot surfaces, such as stovetops, or unattended hot beverages can cause severe harm to their delicate skin. Electrical outlets and exposed cords also pose electrical hazards that can lead to injuries.

It’s essential to recognize that babies and toddlers may not understand the concept of danger yet, so it’s our responsibility to ensure their safety. By being vigilant, childproofing our homes, and anticipating potential risks, we can greatly reduce the chances of accidents and create a secure haven for our little ones. 

Promoting baby and toddler safety at home

Having a baby or toddler is one of the most exciting milestones a mom can experience. I know this all too well, as I am also a mom who once had a toddler who is now 5 years old. However, alongside the joys of motherhood come worries that our children may be at risk as they begin to explore the world around them. That’s why you are here—I understand why you’ve come to this page, and that is to find valuable tips you can apply in your home setting.

As a fellow mom, I feel a responsibility to share my experiences with you. My aim is to help you raise a happy and fulfilled toddler while easing any worries you may have as a mom. I’ve been there, and I know how overwhelming it can be to think about all the potential hazards your little one might encounter at home. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of tips I wish someone had shared with me when I was in your shoes.

These tips include simple things that we might overlook in our day-to-day lives. You and I are all in this together, and by implementing these safety-conscious measures, we can create a safe haven for our babies and toddlers to explore and grow in. 

10 tips for keeping your baby and toddler safe at home

1. Fall prevention at home

Falls are among the most common causes of injuries, sometimes even worse. But don’t worry; we can make a big difference by being proactive and adjusting our homes to match our children’s growing abilities.

I’ve been through it all with my toddler, and let me tell you, their curiosity knows no bounds! That’s why it’s crucial for us to stay on top of the new skills they’re learning and the places they can now reach. 

I remember when my little one started crawling. It was such a milestone! But it also meant I had to make some adjustments to our home. One of the first things I did was install safety guards across entry to stairs and balconies. These simple measures helped prevent any accidental falls. However, it’s important to remember that even with safety guards, we still need to supervise our children near stairs or balconies.

As our little explorers grow older and start climbing, it becomes necessary to take additional precautions. I made sure to lock our windows, especially those on higher floors. Restricting window openings or attaching firmly secured window guards prevented my child from climbing out and falling. It gave me peace of mind knowing that my little one was safe, even when I couldn’t keep a constant eye on them.

2. Preventing electrical accidents

If you happen to see videos of electrical accidents, let me tell you, it can be truly alarming. It happens quickly and can cause serious harm to our little ones. Our home has a number of electrical outlets installed, so I made sure to take the necessary steps to prevent any accidents from occurring.

Here’s what I did to ensure electrical safety at home:

  • Outlet covers: I invested in outlet covers or safety plugs to cover all the electrical outlets in our home. These simple yet effective devices help prevent curious fingers from accessing the outlets.
  • Cord management: I made sure to keep cords and cables out of reach of my child. Using cord organizers or securing them safely along walls or furniture helps minimize the risk of tripping or accidental pulling on cords.
  • Childproofing appliances: I ensured that all appliances within my child’s reach were childproofed. This involved securing cords neatly, keeping appliances unplugged when not in use, and teaching my child that appliances are not toys.
  • Regular inspections: I scheduled regular inspections by a qualified electrician to ensure that our home’s electrical system was in good condition. This proactive approach helped identify and address any potential hazards or issues.

Remember, electrical accidents can happen quickly, but by taking these simple steps, we can create a safer home environment for our precious ones. 

3. Keep all poisons out of your little one’s reach

Toddlers learn about their environment by exploring objects using their senses, including taste. That’s why keeping all poisons out of your little one’s reach is crucial. When it comes to their safety, I take these precautions to make sure my child is safe and secure:

I make it a priority to inspect my home for any poisonous materials. From cleaning products to medications, I ensure they are all stored in locked cabinets or high shelves, far from the curious hands of my little one. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and keeping these items out of their reach is essential.

Additionally, I pay close attention to plants in and around my home. Some plants can be toxic if ingested, so I research and ensure that every plant in our living space is safe for my child. If there’s any doubt, I remove the plant for added peace of mind.

4. Childproofing your kitchen

My toddler loves the kitchen, and it’s not hard to see why. There are so many fascinating things to explore – from the shiny pots and pans to the colorful packaging of snack foods. But as a mom, I also know that the kitchen can be a dangerous place for little ones. That’s why I’ve prioritized childproofing this space to the best of my abilities.

First things first, installing safety latches on cabinets and drawers was a game-changer. It prevented my little explorer from accessing dangerous items like cleaning supplies or sharp objects. I also made sure to store harmful substances, like chemicals or medications, in high cabinets or locked away.

Another important step was keeping small choking hazards out of reach. I made it a habit to store small items like utensils or plastic bags in secure places, away from tiny hands. It’s incredible how quickly they can get into things!

Next, I focused on creating a safe cooking environment. I used stove knob covers to prevent accidental turning of the burners and kept pot handles turned inward to avoid spills or burns. I also made sure to use the back burners whenever possible, keeping hot pans out of my child’s reach.

Lastly, I invested in a sturdy high chair with a safety harness to keep my little one secure during meal times. Knowing that they couldn’t climb out or fall from the chair gave me peace of mind.

5. Keeping our little ones safe around water

When it comes to water safety, I’ve learned to be actively engaged at all times. A toddler or small child can drown in as little as 2 inches of liquid within thirty seconds, so constant supervision is essential. Whether it’s a bathtub, a pool, or even a bucket of water, I make sure I’m fully present and attentive whenever my child is in or near any water. An accident only takes a moment to occur, and being actively engaged can make all the difference.

In addition to supervision, I took measures to make our home safer. I installed secure barriers around kiddie pools or bodies of water, ensuring my child couldn’t access them without my knowledge. I also made sure to empty any containers or buckets of water immediately after use, reducing the risk of accidental drowning.

Lastly, I taught my child about water safety from an early age. I explained to them in a child’s way the importance of never going near water without an adult and its potential dangers. Teaching them to respect and understand the risks associated with water helps create a foundation of awareness and caution.

6. Choosing safe and age-appropriate toys

As a mom who once had a baby or toddler, I understand the importance of choosing safe and age-appropriate toys. Choking is also a constant worry in my mind. That’s why I always make sure to follow these guidelines when selecting toys for my little one:

  • Consider age recommendations: Choose toys suitable for your child’s stage, ensuring safety and engagement.
  • Check for small parts: Inspect toys for detachable parts that could pose a choking risk.
  • Avoid sharp edges: Examine toys closely to prevent potential harm to your child.
  • Look for non-toxic materials: Select toys made from safe materials for touching and mouthing.
  • Read reviews and safety ratings: Take time to review feedback to make informed and secure toy choices.

It gives me peace of mind knowing that my little one can play and explore without unnecessary risks.

7. Use proper baby equipment

When selecting baby equipment, I prioritize safety features. I look for items that meet stringent safety standards and have undergone rigorous testing. I check for sturdy construction, secure harnesses, and reliable locking mechanisms. By choosing the right equipment, I can provide my child with a secure and comfortable space, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.

I also consider the age and developmental stage of my little one when choosing baby equipment. I opt for products that cater to their needs, such as adjustable features or age-appropriate designs. This promotes proper support and development as my child grows.

8. Glass safety

We often use glassware in our home for dinner and drinking purposes. But when my little one started to become engaged in holding things, it gave me a warning about the potential hazards that glass can pose. 

I made an adjustment to attain safety in our home. Firstly, I carefully choose baby-friendly alternatives such as plastic or silicone cups and dishes for my little one. These options are durable, lightweight, and reduce the risk of accidental breakage.

Additionally, I make it a point to store glassware in secure locations, far from the reach of my curious child. Placing them in cabinets with child-proof locks or higher shelves ensures my little one cannot accidentally access them.

9. House fires

I know some parents will think twice about investing time and resources into fire safety measures for their homes, but as a parent, I can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared for the potential threat of a house fire. It’s a scary thought, but taking proactive steps to minimize the risk of a fire and protect our loved ones is a responsibility we should never overlook.

First and foremost, I installed smoke alarms in every bedroom and every level of our home. These alarms serve as our first line of defense, providing early warning in the event of a fire. Regularly testing and maintaining these alarms has become a top priority to ensure they function properly and provide my family with the best protection.

Additionally, I invested in fire extinguishers and made sure they were strategically placed throughout our home. Knowing how to use these extinguishers and having them easily accessible gives me peace of mind, knowing that I can quickly and effectively respond to a small fire before it has a chance to spread.

I also took precautionary measures to minimize potential fire hazards. I am meticulous about never leaving candles or any open flames unattended. I made it a habit to create a designated safe zone in our home for storing flammable materials like matches and lighters, making sure they are out of reach from my child’s curious hands.

10. Babyproofing doors

Doors can pose various risks for our little explorers, from pinched fingers to the potential for them to wander into areas that may not be safe for them. That’s why babyproofing doors became my priority as a parent.

To babyproof our doors, I took several steps to ensure that my little ones couldn’t accidentally hurt themselves. Firstly, I installed door knob covers to prevent my child from opening doors that led to rooms that weren’t child-friendly. These covers require dexterity and strength to operate, keeping my little one safely out of harm’s way.

Secondly, I added door stoppers to prevent little fingers from getting pinched or trapped in closing doors. These simple devices provide a buffer, preventing doors from swinging shut suddenly. It gave me peace of mind knowing that my child could freely explore without the fear of any door-related accidents.

Being a mom means being the ultimate protector. It’s both challenging and rewarding, but the safety of our children is non-negotiable. By taking a proactive approach, staying engaged, and constantly adapting to their changing needs, we can create a safe and loving environment where our little ones can thrive with joy and confidence. Let’s continue to be their guiding light and keep them safe every step of the way!


Andrea Gibbs is the Content Manager at SpringHive Web Design Agency, where she helps create content for their clients’ blogs and websites. She is currently a blog contributor at Montessori Academy, a blog dedicated to helping parents with the ins and outs of parenting children within the Montessori tradition. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.