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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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