As I logged into my Facebook this morning, cup of coffee in hand, I saw a post from Scary Mommy at the top of my feed. She is one of my favorite bloggers and had a guest blogger today, a mom named Laurie Rahn, who wrote about her terrifying experience of furniture falling on her daughter.
I’ve always been a super worry wart when it comes to child safety. Even though my Mom reminded me that I grew up with stairs all over the house and it was completely normal to have an egg on your forehead after falling down them. To me, it sounds like the old “we didn’t have car seats when you were little” speech and there are safer options now (like baby gates) so I would prefer to keep my kids out of harm’s way as much as possible.
When Jackson started getting mobile one of the first things I did was *try* to put up a baby gate which just left a giant hole in the wall. I asked one of my Mom friends who could put up gates on funky stairs like ours and she recommended Tom, the childproofer. He was able to come out a few days later and saved the day. He put up two really nice, quality gates (that have since moved to our new home and look brand new), while locking every cabinet and pointing out other things in our home that needed to be childproofed.
We anchored dressers to the wall, put an automatic door-closer on the basement door and gave every cabinet door a lock. It was so wonderful to have piece of mind that Jackson had *less* of a chance of getting hurt now that he was into everything. One of the first calls I made when we moved into our new home was to Safe Solutions.
Tom came out and put up our gates, locked our cabinets and anchored all of the big furniture pieces that needed it. Laurie’s post over at Scary Mommy reminded me of the importance of child safety and I wanted to share the article with all of you as a reminder. You can pick up furniture wall anchors at Target or Wal Mart in the child safety section and it’s easy to screw right into a stud. If you live in Rhode Island or Southeastern Mass and aren’t handy like us, give Safe Solutions a call- they are worth every single penny!
I’ve included some pictures of what we have done in our house for childproofing and a description under each picture. Please read Laurie’s story if you have any little ones in your life, it could prevent a tragedy.