Having a 24/7 job is tiring and challenging, especially if lives depend on you. This is a privilege moms have. There’s no weekends, vacations, holidays nor sick leaves as we’re always on call to our children and family. Being a mom is fulfilling despite the daily challenges and trials. The stress and workload that comes with the title and job are always worth it.
Safety for us moms is always one of our top priorities and this can be challenging. We really cannot glue ourselves to our kids and watch them 24/7 no matter how much we want to. Whatever they’re doing, it’s inevitable for them to fall down or bump into things and sometimes, getting hurt is an important part of their learning process. But we all know that as moms, we’ll do whatever it takes in our power to keep our children safe right?
So here are 10 safety hacks for moms – that are easy to do – which I learned alongside my Circle of Trust girls, Louise Fandiño of Mommy Practicality and Ginger Arboleda of Mommy Ginger during the Wilkins Distilled Water Safety Hacks event. A quick trip to the supermarket or hardware store to get some of the items on the list is waaaay better than a sudden visit to the ER, right moms?
SCOUT THE TERRITORY
Take a child’s view of your home. Get down on your knees to see for yourself what’s within reach, what looks tempting, and what could be dangerous for your kids.
CUSHION SHARP EDGES AND SOFTEN UP CORNERS
Invest on furniture edge guards and corner protectors; foam pipe insulations for instance are easily available at hardware stores. When your child starts running around the house, you’ll be thankful you brought extra protection.
KEEP WINDOW CORDS UP HIGH
Loop and tie window cords to keep them out of reach of children, but not too hight that you can’t lovwer the shade all the way down.
DUCT TAPE ON POWER OUTLETS
Cover reachable openings with duct tape of band aid to avoid the risk of electrocution.
KEEP DOORS UNLOCKED
Prevent kids from locking themselves in the room by covering the latch. A securely tapes cardboard would suffice for this.
When leaving the house, write down your phone number on your kids’ arms so that people could easily reach if your little ones get lost.
KNOW YOUR FIRST AID
Always keep a first aid kit handy, whether you are at home or travelling with your kids. Know the alternatives too. There are products in your pantry that can be first aid. For minor burns, vinegar can ease the pain and prevent blisters; paste made out of baking soda and water can make splinter removals less painful; and coconut oil can prevent infection in small cuts and can sooth sunburn.
MONITOR WHAT THEY EAT
Always prepare clean, fresh and healthy food that is consistent with your child’s balanced diet. Make sure all ingredients and utensils used are properly cleaned as well. Kids might be hesitant to eat vegetables and fruits, but with proper presentation – lots of colors and shapes – you can be sure that your kids will finish their food. Get creative and make a bento box or at the very least let your child pick his own set of utensils and plate to make him more interested and excited come every meal time.
DRINK ONLY SAFE AND CLEAN WATER
Mom’s most trusted and paediatricians’ prescribed brand is Wilkins Distilled Water. It follows an international quality control system and uses only state-of-the-art equipment in packing and sealing its products to ensure clean and safe quality water.
EMERGENCY MASTER FILE OF YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST
We all have our most trusted support group, people we know we can count on when it comes to taking care of our kids. This includes grandparents, siblings, the best friend, yaya, paediatricians, OB-GYNS, teachers, among others. Keep their contact details and other vital information in one master file in order to reach them quickly in case of emergency.
Now here are other lists on emergency preparedness, important hotline numbers and home remedies for common ailments which you can print out and post on your fridge door as a checklist. Posting this will encourage your family members to be more alert, frantic-free and prepared.
I remember not having to baby-proof our home back when I only had lil’ Ms. JG. She was such a steady and happy baby and didn’t bother tinker nor touch anything that’s not hers. But with lil’ Mr. JG, it was different. I’ve tried all the safety hacks listed above because he was very active and independent that he can and he will touch anything that tickles his curiosity – which was challenging because that meant everything he sees!
Got any safety hack tips moms and dads? I would love to know so please feel free to share them on the comments section at the end of this post. Let’s continue supporting and sharing vital and helpful information together with our own circle of trust.