Once your child is able to walk and crawl, bedroom safety becomes a bit more expansive than it was when they were newborns. Your toddler may still be sleeping in a crib, or perhaps they’ve moved on to a toddler bed, but there are several common danger zones you should consider now that they’ve grown up a bit.
Bed. Cribs are safe for children that are sitting up on their own and doing a bit of crawling, but as soon as they can stand up and/or climb out of their crib, it’s time to switch beds. The best post-crib option is a toddler bed, which will be low to the ground and also have side rails. Position the bed against a wall or snuggly in a corner, which will limit the ways your child might accidentally fall out.
Furniture. Now that your kid is mobile, whether they’re crawling or already toddling around, they’ll climb on pretty much anything they can reach. This includes the bed, dresser, changing table and anything else you have in the room. Make sure that all furniture in their bedroom is sturdy to the point that they can put their full weight on it without having it shift or break. It’s also a good idea to install childproof locks on any drawers or cabinets so that your child doesn’t slam their fingers or get into something they shouldn’t!
Windows. If your toddler can reach the windows, it’s only a matter of time before they try to open them, which can create a very dangerous situation. To prevent this, consider installing mesh window guards or window stoppers. Even if your child’s bedroom is on the first floor, this is a safety precaution worth taking!
Outlets and electricity. Toddlers are curious by nature, so they’ll try to fool with the outlets and power cords in their room if you let them. The best way to protect your child from an electric shock is to purchase safe plate outlet covers rather than plastic outlet caps (this is because outlet covers cannot be removed by precocious toddlers). You can conceal and protect power cords with plastic rails, which will prevent your child from tugging on or biting into any power cords.
Drapery and shade cords. The best window treatments for kids don’t have long cords, which can create a choking hazard. If possible, fasten any cords high on the wall where they can’t be reached by toddler hands.
Toys. Avoid leaving a lot of toys on the floor of the bedroom, which your child may trip on. Also avoid purchasing toys that present a choking hazard. When it’s time to put the toys away, choose a spot that’s low to the ground and out of sight. A high, visible place such as a shelf may tempt your toddler to try and retrieve it alone!
Gates. If there are any staircases or off-limit areas near your child’s bedroom, it’s a good idea to install a few safety gates to keep them roaming around in the right places!