I never imagined it had to come to this someday.
Somehow, I was always trying to convince myself that my kid was different from her peers. That she could heed our verbal instructions and our discipline with absolute obedience. Afterall, my wife and I had observed and were always proud of the fact that Gloria never really had that lost or “blur” baby look ever since she was born. She was always focused and had that intelligent look.
But… kids are kids! Like most of the other toddlers her age, Gloria does not seem to take “no” very seriously and deliberately attempts to touch stuff and venture into areas in the house on her own that she knows we firmly disapprove of.
She loves to go into the kitchen, one of the highest risk areas in the house. Through pure observation, she has learnt how to open the drawers. And these drawers hold many items that are extremely dangerous for her in her hands: knives, picks, can openers, fire starters etc..
So for her safety and given the fact that she’s such an active kid, we decided to invest in a set of child locks and child safety devices. This is something I always frowned upon as we are currently living with my folks while waiting for our home to be built. And we will only be here for at most another year before we move out to our own place. So that means an all new safety setup would be needed by then. Double work, double cost. Not good. Ah well, for Gloria’s sake (and Gabrielle’s too, when she arrives in January), this is something that cannot be avoided.
So I went about the house to make a note of all the areas that had to be made child-safe:
1. The toilet seat! Gloria can easily lift the cover, put her hands into the water and splash it around… Yucks!!
The dining area
2. Corners of the dining table. We have a solid glass top and the corners are really sharp. Gloria may just run into them unawares while chasing a toy that went under the table..
3. The drawers below the built in oven. These are really low and Gloria can reach them easily. They hold all the kitchen tools that have sharp ends.
4. The cabinets below the stove. With the big handles, Gloria can open these easily too. We keep various glassware here and she has already smashed one!
5. The cabinets below the kitchen sink. They have the same big handles, and here is where you will find all things toxic. Detergents, thinner, bleaches, washing powder etc..
That’s about it for the initial survey. I will also need to figure out how to put all the power cables out of the kids’ reach.. We have so many lying around, especially where the television sits. Gloria can already walk right up to it and push the buttons. The cables are just behind.
Meanwhile, my wife is doing the sourcing for the child locks and safety devices. I’ll be going through them once she sends me the link.