How to childproof a room 1We’re about to reach another milestone in the crummy mummy household: it’s time to turn BB’s much loved cot into a bed. The only reason she’s still in it at two and a half is because she flatly refuses to sleep anywhere else, but it really is time to get her out of nappies and onto the loo by herself at night, so the sides have to go. Which means I’ve realised just how much of a death trap her bedroom really is.

Aside from the fact we live on the 4th floor of a block of flats with nothing but a sheer drop onto concrete outside her window, there’s the draw cord for her blind which dangles dangerously because we’ve never fixed its holder to the wall, a 6ft freestanding bookcase just waiting to be climbed and toppled when I’m not looking and a radiator which gets burning hot despite being off thanks to a heating system shared by all 49 flats (all pictured).

There are so many potential hazards that I didn’t have a clue where to start until I found Safetots, quite literally a one-stop-shop for all things childproof and with every kind of safety device you can think of, as well as ones you couldn’t but could actually do with.

There’s a multitude of locks and latches for windows, safety winders and shorteners for blind draw cords, anti-tip furniture straps (who knew they even existed?!) for the aforementioned freestanding bookcase and even padded radiator guards.

I don’t want to turn into one of those mums who puts a helmet on their child’s head when playing just to be on the safe side (although I do admit to bubble wrapping a door frame when BB used to use her door bouncer), but on the other hand I don’t want to be arriving at A&E with a child with a bump on their head from flying books and a scald on their hand from a burning hot radiator either.

No doubt Misery Guts will huff and puff, but you can guess what we’ll be doing this weekend…

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