Toddler-proofing your home

Toddlers love exploring and learning through new experiences, so it’s a good idea to check your house for dangers that you might not have known existed.

Removing dangers gives your toddler the freedom they need to explore, but they will still need your constant supervision to stay safe.

It’s a good idea to get down to ‘toddler level’ to toddler-proof your home. Keep dangers well out of reach. You are looking for anything that a child could hurt themselves on, fall off or pull down.

For example, curtain ties can be a choking hazard, so they should be removed completely or hooked well out of reach. If you make a hot drink, keep the hot cup out of reach and make sure appliance cords are also out of grabbing reach. You can also teach your child not to slam doors, and to keep their fingers away from hinges.

Toddlers love to climb, so you should secure your furniture, including bookcases and TVs, and keep chairs away from balconies and windows. If your toddler keeps trying to climb out of the cot, leave the side down or consider moving them to a bed.

Image Toddler smiles while crawling to explore and play in the home

Published — 01 October 2016 Last updated — 28 August 2018

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