New parents know that children change everything. No matter how prepared you feel for bringing a child into the world, there are always aspects of it that you can’t anticipate. This is true no matter how old your child is. If you have children who are old enough to walk (or even to crawl quickly), you know that kids have a miraculous ability to find new ways to get hurt, no matter how much you childproof your house. While there are some great childproofing guides out there, it always seems like there are some preparations which don’t get mentioned much. We’ll try to cover some of those here.
Spend Time and Money on Dedicated Play Places. One of the reasons that kids get hurt a lot is because they have to learn about movement itself. They don’t have 30 or 40 years of practice walking around, so they have a lot of experimenting to do, with walking, jumping, and climbing. Give them a safe place to get their ya-yas out. A backyard playground is the perfect solution. But your kids won’t be able to go crazy in this area if it isn’t designed for tumbles and falls. Crumbz Rubber makes the ideal surface for kids play. Made of recycled materials, your kids can play as hard as they want on a surface like this. They won’t damage the material, and they won’t damage themselves. It’s the perfect solution. It’s important for children to bang around a little bit. It’s how they learn about their own limitations. Helping them to do this safely is an important part of being a parent.
Water Safety. If you have spaces with accessible water, it’s important to both restrict access and also to teach water safety. There may be a scenario when your child gets into water, when you are not around to supervise. This may seem like a worst case scenario, but it won’t end in disaster if your child knows how to swim and/or has a respect for water in general. Teach your kids how to swim as soon as they learn how to walk. Teach them that some natural water is dirty, or may be deeper than it seems, or hide dangerous or sharp objects. In addition to this training, fence your pool, and contain outdoor space (like a fenced yard), such that a child cannot get to potentially dangerous water areas, even if unsupervised.
Try to Knock Stuff Over. It’s not enough to secure appliances and other heavy objects in the house. Test everything not nailed down to the floor, and find out how much force it might take to pull or push it over. Falling household furniture is a common cause of childhood injury. Don’t wait for an accident to happen. Find out which household objects are prone to tips and falls, and secure them appropriately.
Kids are accident prone, but with the proper preparations, you won’t have to worry too much about them. Follow these steps, and others found in similar guides, and your kids will miss out on the worst of childhood bumps and bruises.