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10 Childproofing Products Every Parent Must Have at Home

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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.

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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