When I became a mother, I was incredibly overwhelmed, with love, with gratitude, with joy, and with responsibility. When you become a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, you take on the responsibility for a child. This includes the safety of the environment they live and play in.
This post is sponsored by P&G. Ideas and opinions are my own.
Making sure that your home is the safest it can be is a huge part of that responsibility. It can be really easy to overlook issues that could be a threat to your child. I am happy to announce that this year I am a member of P&G’s Fabric Care Advisory Board. Throughout the next year, tune in as I guide you and your home through a more productive and safe laundry experience.
Watch this movie with me and see if you can spot the risks this baby could get to in 5 seconds:
How did you do? When I look at this room, the obvious safety hazards that we are always warned about, like outlets and the fireplace, jump right out at me. But there are others that are easily overlooked. Here are my 5 Safety Checks you can do in an afternoon to make sure your house is more safe for your little ones.
1. Floor Check: Get on the floor and crawl around. This new vantage point allows you to catch things you might have missed when baby proofing.
2. Educate siblings about choking hazards: As an adult, it can be easy to remember babies and toddlers can choke on small object. Older kids, however, might not remember so easily. Show your older child a toilet paper roll, if an object fits through the roll, it is too small for young children. Take your child around the house and let them help you baby proof.
3. Make a place for your Handbag/Diaper bag that is out of reach: Take a minute and clear a space in the hall closet, mud room, or entryway where you can keep your bags. There are several items in each of my bags that would be a hazard if my toddler had access to them, like money or medicine.
4. Secure furniture and T.V.s to the wall: This might take a few hours, but please, please take the time to do this. If I read another horrible story of a toppled dresser or T.V. falling on a child I will be heartbroken.
5. Secure your laundry supplies: P&G has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide, The American Cleaning Institute and The American Academy of Pediatrics to help avoid as many preventable injuries as possible. Most people think of bathrooms and kitchens as hazardous places, but they often overlook the laundry room.
Currently being used in 20% of households, liquid laundry pacs have quickly become a part of many Americans’ daily routines because of their highly concentrated cleaning power. As a caregiver you have to keep these pacs up, closed, and safe.
And now, Tide Pods bags feature the brand new Child-Guard™ zipper that P&G has engineered to make it more difficult for children to open.
If you use laundry pacs at your house, today is the day to ensure you keep them up, closed, and safe.
Is your home safe for kids?