Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Having a baby or toddler in the house can be a delightful experience. However, it’s important to make your home, indoors and out, safe for your child. While most baby-proofing concerns are focused on the interiors of the home, the great outdoors also pose several risks. Prevent unfortunate accidents and mishaps by following these baby-proofing tips...
1. Avoid harmful plants and substances
Allowing your child to play outdoors can be a positive experience that could help him get acquainted with nature. Kids can be curious in a new environment, so it’s best to avoid harmful plants and substances in a garden area. Avoid prickly plants like roses and small fruit-bearing trees like calamansi, as these can be choking hazards. Insecticides and pesticides may also prove to be toxic substances. Choose non-toxic products instead.
2. Provide soft landings
Small children are not accustomed to walking outdoors. Cushion falls by providing soft landings for ground cover. Concrete surfaces and brick floors can make for skinned knees and cuts. Small stones and gravel are unforgiving and can even become choking hazards. Use grass as ground cover instead.
3. Limit their play space
Baby-proofing your entire outdoor or garden space can be difficult to achieve, especially if you have a huge garden. It may also be difficult to supervise your kid in a large space. Limit your child’s play space by adding temporary, low fences. Water features, pools and other unsafe areas should be blocked off.
4. Avoid sharp corners
As in home interiors, sharp furniture corners can cause accidents. If you have outdoor seating or lounge areas in your garden, choose furniture with rounded edges for a safer environment. Alternatively, you may also add bumpers on sharp corners and just take them out when your child grows older.