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Toddlers are bundles of joy, energy and curiosity.

If your home is filled with lots of nick-knacks and family heirlooms on display, it’s a good idea to start putting these items way up high, or simply store them away for a while to avoid disaster.

Listed below are some simple home safety tips for toddlers every mum should know about:

Baby gates

These gates are excellent for installing across the entranceway to your kitchen or at the bottom and top of your staircase.

Until you’re confident your little one can walk up and down the stairs safely, to avoid accidents baby gates make it easy to keep your toddler safe and away from harm.

There are so many different baby gates to choose from, you can easily find one that will match your home’s decor.

Childproof locks

Childproof locks such as cupboard locks ensure little fingers aren’t able to open draws to access dangerous items.

Refrigerator latches are also a good idea so that little curious household members don’t go looking in the fridge or pulling things out when they shouldn’t be.

Flameless candles

Do you love the idea of coming home and lighting one of your favourite candles?

Not only do candles create ambience through their soft lighting but if they’re scented, they’re aroma is simply divine.

If you, however, like many other mums out there, have realised that lighting candles around a rambunctious toddler is a recipe for disaster, you are not alone.

Real wax flameless candles are a wonderful alternative to traditional candles as they are completely safe to use around babies and toddlers and even come with timers so you can set them to turn on and off at certain times of the day.

Just because your home has little people and pets it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some candlelight every now and then. With flameless candles, the whole family can enjoy dining, reading and playing by candlelight.

Emergency contact numbers by the phone at all times

It’s always a good idea no matter what age your children are to have a list of emergency numbers by the phone for easy access.

These should include the number for the poison information centre, doctor, ambulance and police.

Having a toddler is so much fun. While they certainly keep you on your toes with all of their exploring and increasingly inquisitive nature, enjoy this special time in your child’s life. They grow up way too fast!

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  • These are all very wise and also helpful tips. I found saying “NO” enough times also worked. No tip works all of the time though

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  • Helpful hints – saying NO is one that is often overlooked too.

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  • Little toddlers are so quick and will find things you would not have even considered. We plugged all our electrical sockets and put baby locks on our cupboards. Thankfully, we didn’t have any serious incidents, but you just never know.

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  • It’s so important to try and make your home toddler safe. Don’t beat yourself up if they still get hurt though

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  • Just watch out for the clips that you can puton doors or cupoards they can still open just enough to catch the kids fingers. So even though they can not get intto them they can still be hurt a little by them.

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  • thank you so much for sharing these handy hints!!

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  • Innocent accessible handbags can also be an issue. Handbags contain all sorts of things that can act as a choking hazard, poison, sharp or just a mess!


    • yeah that is a good point, be wary of the contents or accessabilities regarding hand bags

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  • I just had to put a lock on our fridge as my 18 month old loves to help himself.

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  • My little one loves checking the contents of the fridge.

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  • Thank you. They are very helpful.

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  • We did all the childproof locks, power point plugs and no candles! They didn’t have flameless back then. I love that my son is old enough now that I can have my beautiful candles burning again. We also taught our son to not touch, or pull, or grab everything so it lost its novelty value.

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  • Up high is not safe unless it is locked, toddlers can climb!

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  • a lot of these comments are providing good tips as well

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  • These weren’t very good tips but merely stating the obvious :/

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  • Childproof locks are a must during the toddler years! So inquisitive!

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