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Tips for Babyproofing Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

As your baby becomes mobile through rolling, crawling or walking, it’s likely he will want to explore every inch of your home. The kitchen and bathroom especially pose dangers for your curious George. Secure your child’s health and security with simple babyproofing that will keep him from exploring unsafe areas of your home.

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Adjust the Water Heater

One safety hazard in both the bathroom and kitchen involves running water. Turn down the hot water tank to low or medium so water doesn’t come out of your sink or bathtub too hot, recommends Dina M. Kulik, a Toronto-based pediatrician with Kindercare Pediatrics. “Kids can get burned in mere seconds if this isn’t turned down,” she warns.

Secure Waterways

Your curious one will likely want to wash her own hands and flush the toilet, but without supervision, waterways in your kitchen and bathroom can increase the risks to your child. “A child can drown in 2 to 3 inches of water,” Kulik says. “A closed toilet seat cover can prevent this tragedy.”

Lock Cupboards and Drawers

Although banging pots and pans may be your child’s favorite pastime, ensure he cannot access kitchen accessories and cooking utensils by securing cupboards and drawers with safety locks. Magnetic cabinet locks help prevent children from opening all drawers and cupboards and reduce the risk of objects falling on them, Kulik notes. Don’t forget to secure bathroom cabinets and the medicine cabinet, too.

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Cover and Lock Appliances

Even though your child may enjoy helping you cook and bake, you never know when she will attempt to make a treat on her own. For curious toddlers, a lock for the oven and cover for the range is a necessity when babyproofing. Ensure her little fingers are safe, too, when exploring your home by installing outlet covers throughout the home. “Outlet covers are a must to prevent electrical shock,” Kulik observes.

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