When I became a parent I had no idea of all the potential hazards there were in our home. I knew about the obvious one, with the stairs and that we would have a stair gate up. But beyond that I really didn’t think about it.
I also didn’t think about how much children like to explore, how they get into everything and find everything. Nothing is safe! I got into the habit of putting my handbag on the top of the dining table, because there were occasions when I went to pay for something, only to discover a little person had taken out my purse!
When Holly came along, she took it to a new level. She was a lot more into things than Alice and I had to baby safe everything and I mean everything. They always say there is a reason you had your children in the order you did, and I definitely agree with that. If Holly was our first, she may have put me off having a second (joke!). But that is how much of a little pickle she was!
One thing that I had not really considered a hazard was putting the washing on. They tell you to get your children involved in the household chores, and what harm could they come to putting the washing on?
The answer, lots of harm!
I’m working with Fairy Non Bio to help spread the message. For more than 7 years households have been using PODS, which are the liquid laundry packets, that we pop in with our washing. They are a brilliant idea and I love them. But they are extremely dangerous for our children. If they burst them or bite them, they can be harmful.
A lot of people don’t think about where they store their laundry products and a common place is under the sink. Even if you have safety locks on your kitchen doors, it is recommended to store the PODS in a cupboard high up and out of reach of children. Where there is no chance of little ones getting their hands on them.
Fairy Non Bio have introduced new child lock packs, giving us the confidence that even if they were discovered, they won’t be able to open them. To open the new child lock packs, you have to pinch two clips and as an adult I can manage this. But thankfully little hands can’t. It’s also important to remember when you close the lid, that you hear the click.
I know life is busy and hard work when you’re a parent and you just want to get the household jobs done. Often not really thinking about whether its the best time to do it. The amount of times I put the washing on just before nap time and then got cross with myself when the really loud spinning would start, and went into panic mode that it was going to wake them up.
But, when it comes to safety we really do need to think more about when we do certain jobs. The laundry being one of them and making sure we do it, when little ones are not around to ‘help’. Put a load of washing on, when they are sat in their highchair busy eating, or sat engrossed in their favourite episode of Peppa Pig. It really is one job that we don’t want our little ones to help us with.
Here is a little checklist for you to think about, when it comes to your own home and keeping little ones safe…
- Store your PODS up high and out of reach. Making sure you click it shut.
- Think about when you do your laundry and not have little ones following you.
- Think beyond your own home, do your children go to grandparents houses? Where do they store their PODS?
- Share this message with your friends and family. Spread the word and lets keep all the little ones safe.
Fairy Non Bio have also put together a short video to show you how to open and safely close the packs.
One job that is best left to the grown ups, is the laundry. But don’t worry it won’t be long until they are stinky teenagers and they can help then!
Disclosure: I’m working on a paid partnership with Fairy Non Bio, but all words, opinions and content are entirely my own.