We recently downsized from a spacious, three-level home, complete with finished basement and attic, to a small, two-bedroom condominium. Shortly after this move, we were blessed with our second child.
Having such a small space into which to bring a second child certainly comes with some challenges, but it also makes keeping an eye upon our child and safety-proofing our home a little easier. Even then, there are items in this smaller space that we must adjust to keep baby from harming herself. Beyond the general outlet covers and cabinet locks, we’re taking several other steps to make our home safer for the little one.
Cabinet Handles, Table Corners and Other Sharp Object
No, I’m not going to go around sawing off table edges or changing or taking off all our cabinetry hardware. This doesn’t mean though that I don’t have a trick or two up my sleeve when it comes to making such items safer. I plan on using tactics that I used in our previous home for these areas. These techniques consist of taping cardboard over certain sharp table edges, and I plan to use fabric from old t-shirts and other clothing as padding to tie around low lying handles that may have sharp edges.
The Second Child Aspect
Our five-year-old is very helpful with the new baby and he is pretty good about keeping his toys organized, but in our small space, his toys still have a tendency to creep into spaces they shouldn’t from time to time, making those items with small pieces potential choking hazards for baby.
Therefore, as baby number two begins to prepare for crawling, we’ve discussed boundaries for certain toys with our older child. He now has areas that are specific to his playing with certain smaller toys that could be grabbed by the baby and put in her mouth. He is also charged — as part of his allowance duties — with ensuring that these small toys are placed into certain bins and containers that we have given him and put away regularly to keep the toy encroachment from becoming overbearing.
Some of the easiest baby proofing comes simply by way of rearranging some of our cabinets. Many of those cleaning supplies under the sink…yep, they’re going into higher shelves. The same may go for certain dishware or other breakable or dangerous items that are currently reachable to a crawling baby or toddler. This way we won’t have to worry about baby pulling things down onto herself or getting into spaces she shouldn’t. While I’ll likely put baby proof locks on certain cabinets, I can’t do that for everything, and sometimes it’s just easier to do a little rearranging, and better, since it often forces us to declutter a bit in the process.
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