Now that she’s out of a cot, your adventurous child will be able to get out of bed and do potentially whatever she likes in her bedroom. Before moving her to a bed, do a safety check of her bedroom to avoid potential accidents.
To make her bedroom safe:
- Windows. Install safety locks so the bedroom windows can only be opened a little and make sure that this gap is not big enough for her to climb through – this is particularly important if her bedroom is not on the ground floor!
- Curtain and blind cords. Make sure these are short and are always wound up on a hook that is out of your toddler’s reach to avoid the risk of choking.
- Power points. Make sure that all unused power points have a safety guard in them, and that each switch is in the OFF position.
- Electrical appliances. Do you need to have them in the bedroom?
- Stairways. Fit child-safety rails at the top and bottom of your staircase so she can’t fall down the stairs in the dark or when she’s sleepy.
- Furniture. Consider removing all chairs from her room, as these can be dragged around and climbed on to give access to high windows, table tops and out-of-reach precious breakables. Check her bedroom for spots where small fingers could get in and possibly get stuck or be dangerous – air-conditioning vents, sash windows etc.
- Waste paper baskets. Remove these from the bedroom as many things end up there – batteries, light globes, broken toys – that could pose a choking threat.
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