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10 Childproofing Products Every Parent Must Have at Home

10 Childproofing Products Every Parent Must Have at Home

It’s exhausting to watch over a toddler whose eager to explore. It can be a full time job! Only you know exactly what you need to have to keep your house safe, but here is a list of ten childproofing products that every parent needs to have at home.

1. Spout covers

Spout covers protect your baby’s head from the bathtub faucet. They’re made of soft material that’ll feel way better than metal for any accidental head bump. Spout covers are a must-have on their own, but there are also versions that help adjust the water temperature, if you want to go above and beyond. Remember, you can easily test the water with your elbow and make sure it’s warm, but not hot.

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2. Safety plugs

Safety plugs go in electrical outlets to keep your baby’s fingers out. It doesn’t seem like it’d be a big market, but there are actually a wide variety of choices! You can get small, clear plastic caps that plug into the outlet like a lamp cord would. There are also products that replace the entire plate, with covers that slide over to block the outlet when not in use. You can also get covers that will protect an entire power strip!

3. Baby gates

Baby gates work great at the top and bottom of any stairs in your home. They’re also nice to have in doorways so you don’t need to have closed doors in your home. Your baby can play safely in the playroom while still seeing out, and you can see in. The latches are incredibly easy for parents to pop open, while safely ensuring that your child can’t get out.

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4. Bed rails

It’s hard to believe, but your baby already needs a big kid bed! It might be time to get rid of the crib, but your child still needs something to keep them from falling to the floor, if they toss and turn at night. Rails can also keep them from climbing in and out of bed and getting into things while the rest of the house is asleep.

5. Cabinet locks

Think of what you keep in your lower cabinets–cleaning chemicals, the trash can, plastic bags to use for garbage. All of these things are incredibly dangerous for your baby. Instead of rearranging your whole kitchen and bathroom, purchase and install cabinet locks. Your child won’t be able to pull the cabinets open, but there’s a simple release switch that makes it no problem for adults to open.

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6. Edge guards

Edge guards fit on corners of coffee tables, desks, countertops, and anything at the same level as your baby’s noggin. Edge guards are foam, or soft rubber, with adhesive on the back, so they can be applied and removed easily, as needed.

7. Toilet locks

Not only do you not want your child playing in germ-infested toilet water, you also don’t want to constantly call a plumber to come dislodge clogs of toilet paper, watches, and anything else your baby can grab. Toilet locks keep the lid and toilet seat latched to the toilet bowl. Pick one with easy installation, so you won’t need to use adhesive or glue.

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8. Anti-tip safety straps

Anti-tip safety straps anchor furniture and electronics to the wall. When your child starts pulling up to standing and walking positions, heavy things won’t come tumbling down on them.

9. Plastic stove guard

You know those sneeze guards at restaurant buffets? Plastic stove guards are kind of similar to that. They attach to the front of a stove to keep your child from reaching the burners. There are also knob covers that will prevent your child from turning on the burners.

10. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

These final products aren’t necessarily child proofing products, but they’re necessary for every home. Many people don’t think about installing, or regularly maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, until they have a baby around.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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