This weekend we had a family party which included four kids under the age of three. It’s amazing how quickly you forget what little ones can get into! Even though your kids might be older and out of the “baby proofing” stage, don’t forget about those times when you are entertaining guests or even having relatives or friends spend a week with you! As the founder of the child safety company Safety Mom Solutions (www.safetymomsolutions.com) I’m always asked the question, “When can I stop baby proofing?” It’s always a good idea to keep a few things around the house for just such occasions. Here are some simple reminders to make entertaining a little safer and less stressful for all:
- Purchase a pressure mounted gate to block off “high risk” areas such as dining rooms or living rooms with white carpet and artwork
- Keep a few wire ties on hand to secure cords to the sides of tables to prevent lamps from falling over
- Move furniture away from second floor landings or balconies so that kids can’t climb up on it and fall over
- Keep doors and sliders locked to prevent children from wandering outside
- Tie up window blind cords to prevent a strangulation hazard
- Remove dining room tablecloths and use place mats instead
A few precautions go a long way in making a visit more pleasant!
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.