When Geoff was still a baby, it was kind of easy to baby proof our home. We kept his crib with very few items to ensure that there won’t be anything that could suffocate him. Aside from making sure everything is clean, that was all we did. Unlike families living in a large house, we never really needed a baby monitor as we hired a nanny instead to look after him as he sleeps. Either that, or I would stay by him during my maternity leave. Quite a simple setup, especially for a small family living in a house that is averaged size in the Philippines. Fast forward to now. He is now 2 years old, very active, and yes, very curious!
Just like normal curious kids, Geoff is very much into climbing, crawling, opening drawers/ cabinets/ closets, and of course, the dreaded act of plugging anything he could find on electrical sockets and inserting his fingers through the electric fan. This is always a dread for me, knowing that it’s not the just the physical hurt that could get to him, but the trauma as well. Add to that the possibility that the injury might be for long term, worst, leave him dead (knock on wood!) And so, in order to baby proof our home further, I searched the Internet for ways and products that will definitely help without damaging our wallets too much, after all, we are already paying a nanny to ensure that Geoff is safe (thank goodness our nanny is very much capable and trustworthy!) Here are the things that we commonly use at home. The images are the exact same ones that we have, and I apologize in advance if I’ll borrow some things off the Internet. The lighting in our home especially downstairs is not very picture friendly.
Plastic Socket plugs – These handy babies were brought from DIY. The price range is below Php100 and will make sure that unused sockets are covered from your toddler’s curiosity. They are quite difficult to take off by a child and since it’s plastic, there is no risk of being electrocuted.
Refrigerator Lock – Geoff has this nasty habit of opening the fridge. He also does so in a forceful manner. The hubby and I were already in discussion before to purchase a lock but does not know where and how it is called. This time, it was Japan Home that saved us, having seen the same contraption from Apples and Dumpling’s Instagram page.
Cabinet/ Drawer Locks – Aside from opening the fridge, Geoff also loves opening cabinet doors. Just like the fridge lock, we got the cabinet locks from Japan Home as well. For only P88 each, the kitchen drawers at home are now secured, making sure that Geoff does not have access to the cleaning materials that we have in storage,
I no longer felt the need to buy those that you put on the table corners since we only have one dining table and the edges are rounded. Other than these gadgets, we have ourselves (me and the nanny) to ensure further safety around the house. We practice safety religiously in order to avoid accidents inside our home.