Many times young children will be visiting homes that haven’t had kids around in years. While there’s nothing that can take the place of supervision, there are some steps one can do in advance.
So, before everyone arrives, take a look around just to make sure everything is safe. If you’re not accustomed to having very young guests, you might want to look at things from a 2-year-old perspective before the grandkids arrive! Be sure that any member of the energetic toddler club can find things to do that will surprise, amuse and horrify you!
True confession: When I was very young, I went with my parents to a friend’s bachelor pad apartment. My parents left me to admire the many fish tanks (which were very low to the ground) while they went in the kitchen to help bring the food and drinks to the table. My mother told me that she suddenly heard crunching, so she rushed out to see what I was doing. Imagine her horror when she realized that I was reaching into the fish tanks and pulling out the snails, which I then proceeded to put in my mouth and eat.
- Make sure your electrical cords aren’t frayed, damaged or overloaded.
- Only use extension cords for temporary purposes.
- Don’t put the cords under rugs or carpets.
- Use power strips with an internal overload protection.
- Make sure small items that can be put in toddler mouths are out of reach. (You might even want to pick up pet food bowls!)
- Turn your pots and pan handles toward the back of the stove.
- Make sure that all meds are up out of reach and out of sight.
- Shut doors to rooms you’d rather not share.
- Have lots of child-friendly snacks. Even something like cereal loops can be fun for young children. Check with their folks for ideas.
- Keep bowls of nuts and popcorn at higher counter levels.
- Candles, matches and lighters should also be out of reach.
- Bathroom cleaning supplies should also be out of reach.
- Outlet plugs are cheap, and can be found in any hardware or general merchandise store. It’s worth the investment.
- Make sure heavy things that can be pulled over are stable.
- Have a cozy blanket ready for snuggling and nap time.
So, enjoy! It’s a wonderful time of the year, and these tips can ensure it stays happy.
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