This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
As a mom, my goal each and everyday is to make sure my littles feel loved and safe. When it comes to love, that’s simple. Hugs, kisses, books read, snuggles, playing with toys, afternoon bike rides- the list goes on and on. Safety is something that I’ve learned over the past 3+ years can be a little more difficult.
Before I became a mom, I would have thought it was easy and simple to keep my kids safe. Keeping locks on cabinets, gates by the stairs, doors shut and locked, chemicals out of reach, etc. While all of those things are done at our house, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of safety in a home with children. There are things that should be done that I never even would have thought of before having kids, like making sure tall dressers are bolted into the walls or having a fire evacuation plan in the house, just to name a few.
When AG was an only child, it was easy to keep an eye on her at all times. Adding another little one into the mix, made things more difficult. There is only one of me during the day and two of them. I cannot be in two places at once, which is why it is so important to make sure our house is a safe environment.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you also know that Luke is my wild child. The second I turn my back, he’s into something I never imagined he could get into. He will stack boxes on top of each other to climb up onto something, uses all his strength to move heavy items and so on. Hubs and I have had to take a second look at everything in the house because of this little boy of ours. Over the past month, we’ve moved furniture out of rooms, put other items into the garage and have done lots of redecorating to make sure it is safe. If you have a child who is an all star climber, I’m sure you can relate. As a parent, it’s scary. He keeps us on our toes but his safety will always be our main focus at home. I don’t ever want something happening that could have easily been prevented.
Did you know that accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children?
Today is Safe Kids Day presented by Nationwide. Last year, Nationwide launched Make Safe Happen, a program to empower parents, caregivers and children with tools and resources to make homes safer. The goal for Safe Kids Day is to educate parents on the safety risks around the home and share important information that could prevent injury or death from accidental injuries. Injuries such as, drowning, fires, burns, poisoning and traffic injuries. With education and simple precautions, many of these injuries can be prevented.
Since both of my littles are between one and four years old, I wanted to share this safety list with you today. One thing we did (from this list) when we moved into this house that we hadn’t done before is mount all tv’s to the walls. It wasn’t something we saw as a need with two kids, dressers that are a tad taller and heavy televisions.
Do you want to know what you can do as a parent to make sure your home is safe?
Make your own My High 5 list, using the information from this master checklist and printable found here. When making the list think about what is the most important for your family. What makes sense for your children at their current ages and make sure to revisit this list as the years go. As our children grow and change, the list will as well. Lets work together to make sure we’re making the safety of our family our number one responsibility.
Do you want to see what is going on in your community to celebrate Safe Kids Day? Here is the information you’ll need.
Great tips. My second is my wild child too and goodness the things she is into all day every day. Exhausting.
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It must be a second child thing!
Great tips! Noah has never been a climber, but he was big into going into kitchen cabinet. We locked everything and even moved things that would normally go in drawers into cabinets we could easily lock and keep away from him. We are also huge fans of the safety gates. Our stairs are a little steeper than normal stairs, and while Noah’s great on them, I don’t like the idea of him going up or down without me. I have peace of mind when showering that I know he will stay upstairs instead of wandering down without me.
These are all great tips! Both my boys are wild and climbers. We have all the furniture in their bedrooms mounted to the wall and pretty much keep the entire house baby proofed. If they can move it or stack it they will use it climb on something!
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I feel like we are pretty safe. I think it’s because Connor is our first and only child. But I see and hear of little ones getting into this or that and I instantly check and make sure we have everything secure. Thanks for some really great reminders.
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Such good tips – need them for my crazy girl! 🙂
Great tips! Nash needs EVERYTHING mounted to the walls!
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Diane Price says
Some great tips here. Kids are naturally curious, so I keep things locked inside cabinets and try to anticipate areas that might pose danger to them. Thanks for sharing!