How to Protect Your Toddler at Home

Kids can be a source of joy and happiness in their parents’ lives, but they also require a great deal of responsibility. The love you have for your young child will only be matched by your desire for them to grow up and be happy. We live in a dangerous world, and being a parent is a 24-hour-a-day job. However, even the best parent cannot watch a child every second of every day. If you have more than one child, the job becomes even more challenging.

By James Shaw, Resist Attack Foundation

Though your life changes when you have a child, your home security practices don’t have to, at least not at first. After all, it’s not likely that your child will be away from you for long periods of time or try to get out of their bed at night. Toddlers, though, are beginning to become independent from their parents and must be protected by your home security measures.

This may sound overwhelming, but there are things that you can do to help ensure the safety of your toddlers. A home security system, for example, can be a great way to protect your young toddlers from harm. But if you don’t have a lot of money left over to spend on things like whole-house alarm systems, rest assured that you are not alone. Even parents on a budget can install helpful security devices to protect their toddlers from harm.

Take, for example, motion alarms. Such devices will let you know if your child is out of their bed at night. Meanwhile, window alarms or glass break detectors protect their bedroom window from intruders. At the same time, it’s important to protect the rest of your home with door alarms, dummy cameras, and other security devices whether you have a toddler or your kids are grown.

When you have toddlers, the security of your home is as much about keeping intruders out as it is about keeping your toddlers safe inside. At this age, they’re starting to become more mobile—making it more important than ever to make sure they don’t get into trouble.

In addition to motion detectors to make sure they don’t wander out of their room without your knowledge, also consider the areas of your home that might pose a danger to them. Use door alarms to block off workshops and other dangerous areas, and a swimming pool alarm just in case they’re able to make it all the way to your backyard pool unnoticed. Meanwhile, don’t forget about all those child safety products, such as cabinet locks, that will keep everyday objects from harming your child.

Door alarms alert you anytime your child’s natural curiosity causes them to wander outdoors. They are also a great option to alert you if your child has gotten up in the middle of the night, wandered into the garage, or gone anywhere else they shouldn’t be going without you.

Knowing these ways to protect your home and your growing family can make the job of raising a toddler a little bit easier since you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

The Resist Attack Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping women protect themselves from violence. Since being founded by James and Tara Shaw in 2011, the Resist Attack Foundation has been helping women in many ways. Their S.A.F.E. program aims to provide women with the educational and physical tools that can help keep them free from harm.

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Photo: Serge Bertasius Photography

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