Older babies and toddlers are extremely curious, so it’s important to baby-proof your home in order to keep your little ones safe and prevent dangerous accidents. Following is a look at how the right storage setup can help you keep delicate and dangerous items out of reach while making it easy for you to access them when needed.
Make Sure Shelves are Sturdy
It doesn’t matter how high up delicate or dangerous items are if your baby can pull the shelf down on him or herself. Babies enjoy pulling themselves up as they get older so make sure all freestanding shelves are sturdy enough to hold baby’s weight. If necessary, anchor shelves to the wall to secure them so they don’t topple. For any new furniture and storage pieces, you’ll want to make sure they are safe for your young ones. At Closet & Storage Concepts Charlotte, we build and install custom storage pieces that are not only safe for your little one but also beautiful and convenient.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Many accidents happen because parents assume that their child isn’t capable of doing something, only to discover that they are remarkably tenacious. Don’t assume your little one can’t do something or won’t be able to do it in the near future. Put all medications out of reach, even if they are stored in child-proof containers. Breakable items should be stored on high shelves or in cupboards with locks. Plastic bags pose a choking hazard so keep them out of reach as well. Most decorations may need to be stored in boxes in the garage until your children are old enough to understand that some things shouldn’t be touched.
Consider Using Gates
Gates are not a foolproof way to keep little kids out a room. They work for babies and some toddlers; however, preschoolers will probably figure out how to climb over them in short order. Even so, putting a child’s gate in front of a kitchen door can be a good idea if you don’t want a crawling baby or toddler who has just learned to walk to get into your kitchen cupboards and pantry.
All home storage areas need to be safe and secure if you have a baby or toddler in the home. Take some time to assess your home’s storage situation and make changes if warranted to ensure shelves, cabinets, and other storage facilities don’t pose a danger to your little one. Get more storage tips from your local Charlotte experts at Closet & Storage Concepts!