Home Safety Checklist for Parents and Caretakers
Disclosure: Sponsored posting with Tide. I’m part of the P&G Fabric Care Team
I’ve been a mom for exactly 13 years and 5 months. Each day of motherhood I learn something new that I didn’t know before. For me, the most important thing is ensuring the safety and the health of my children. From the second my oldest son William was handed to me on September 25th, 2004, my priority in life became about him. And then I was blessed to get that same feeling with his 3 younger brothers and sister. My kids are my world, so I do everything and anything I can for them.
When William was first born, we completely child-proofed our NYC apartment. We lived in a small one-bedroom apartment, but it didn’t matter. We wanted every inch of the space safe for our baby boy. William was such a curious little boy, he wanted to go everywhere and be in everything! I quickly discovered that my other children were the same way, too. When we started childproofing our apartment for William, it was basic things that I just innately knew or was given advice to do so from my doctor or mother. I felt good making sure our apartment was safe for him because it’s something that I felt I could be in control of when it came to “hot zones” in our living space.
As we went on to have more children and move out of the City into a house in Rhode Island… the childproofing continued and it HAS continued throughout the last 13 years! With having a toddler at home, I’m still in the thick of it. Not to mention my 3 year old nephew and 18 month niece are over all the time, so it’s something I will continue to do.
One common question I get from my readers is, “What are the best places in your home to childproof?” It’s a great question because in all honesty, there are definitely HOT SPOTS in the house that you really need to be aware of and make sure you’re tackling in a smart and efficient way. I took the time with my best friend Vera Sweeney to come up with a list of our Top 10 Hot Zones in the house when it comes to Baby/Child Proofing. Many of these on our list are common, but a few might be ones that are new to you. We want to arm you with the best and smartest info for your family. Laundry safety is one that is near and dear to our hearts, so we are happy to share that tip with you. We’ve worked with P&G’s Fabric Care Team for the last 2 years and we have LOVED raising awareness and spreading important and vital information when it comes to laundry safety. Just like in many areas of your home and with dozens of household products (as you’ll see in our list!), it’s important to childproof your laundry room and keep your laundry detergent out of reach of young children. The Child-Guard lids on Tide PODS are perfectly designed to safely store the product, which takes some of the guesswork out of it for busy parents like us. We have had so many parents reach out to us thanking us for being such great ambassadors, so for us – it’s not only something we want to do, we’re passionate about it.
Take a look at our list! Print it out and keep it around for yourself and all caretakers!