Childproofing had little necessity for me with my first child, a bit more with my second but not much, and I think my third could break down even the best child proofed home. I am not the super, overprotective mom. I’m okay with my kids getting bumps and bruises and dirty. I want them to learn how their body works and how it works in their environment. This doesn’t mean my kids can ruin my furniture or what not, but we have a healthy amount of risk incorporated into our kids lives. Now, there are many childproofing necessities (for some kids) that are just smart and keep kids from unnecessary danger. If your kids never leave your sight disregard the tips found below.

Here are some abnormal, tried and true childproofing tips {developed in my home post-third child}:

-open your passenger car doors, you should see a part inside a hole that can be turned. Turn it and your child will not be able to open the door from the inside (while driving for instance).

-Keep all medicines and vitamins in a container up in a cabinet that cannot be reached by any unreasonable amount of climbing. Kids enjoy the flavor of medicines and vitamins and may be tempted to push the limit to reach these scrumptious “treats.” Note: Just because a top is “childproof” does not mean it is!

-If your child has found entertainment in opening the fridge door and independence in serving themselves food and drink put a fridge lock on the door (up high!) If you don’t mind them doing this or they are of an appropriate age be weary of leaving open alcohol or spicy foods in there.

-Use non-toxic cleaners because even putting childproof latches on cabinet doors may not hold back a budding housekeeper.

-Anchor bookcases, entertainment cabinets, and dressers to the wall! Seriously do this- if a child sees you put some desired object on top that may serve as enough motivation to inspire a climb. {Note: think about what your child sees you put on high places.}

-Get a chain lock or such and go ‘hotel style’ on your front door. Even two year-olds can open front doors. Another idea is to install those bells that go off when someone opens a window or door.

-Put all items you would like to stay off of face, hands, and mouth in a “safe” place. “Safe” is a subjective word subject to determination by each individual child.

-Sharp objects are another point of consideration: knives, thumbtacks, tools, scissors…

-Think about the designated “home” of breakables: computers, cameras, glasses, etc. Some children will want to mimic you in everything you do. That camera strap may just remind them of how you take pictures- “give it a try” may run through their mind and just as quickly they grab the strap and the camera falls…

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