Toddler proofing your home: Win a Safetots self closing stair gate.

Max is now a fully fledged toddler, and into EVERYTHING. I really do mean everything. He opens cupboards and takes out all the stuff inside, he climbs the stairs and the ladder to the top bunk. He opens doors and escapes into the garden. He gets into the tiniest spaces and either gets stuck, or finds forbidden items that we had hidden away.

It’s definitely high time we toddler proofed.

Now I don’t believe in toddler proofing every single thing in your home. I think it is good for children to learn a few boundaries where they can, and understand right and wrong. The door to our garden leads just to our garden – he can’t get out, and so that will not be toddler proofed. The worst he can do is go and get wet socks – we will just continue to say ‘no’ if he can’t go out, or encourage him to put his boots on if he can. 

One area I will not risk is kitchen cupboards. Not only do I not want him stealing food, I also don’t want him pulling out glass jars, heavy tins or chemicals that could harm him. I find cupboard locks the best option here – especially the magnetic ones, as they are installed inside the drawers and cupboards. This means there is no way that Max can get to them, and because you can’t see them, they don’t ruin the look of my new kitchen either!

Another area of high priority are the stairs. We live in a 3 storey house, and so have 2 flights of stairs. If Max fell or slipped, he could really, really hurt himself. At the moment we have a stair gate across the living room doorway so that he cannot get to the stairs without an adult, and another gate across the second flight of stairs. I do want to get another to put across his bedroom doorway too – now that he has worked out how to open doors, I don’t want him wandering around upstairs at naptime, going into our bedroom or the bathroom without us realising. That’s definitely the next thing on my toddler proofing shopping list!

If you are at a similar stage, and are starting to think about toddler proofing your home, then I have a fantastic giveaway for you. One lucky winner will receive a Safetots self closing stair gate! This is a pressure fitted gate with a self closing mechanism, allowing you the reassurance that the gate will always be closed and your child will not be able to reach anywhere dangerous. Fantastic, right? All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is enter via the rafflecopter form below – good luck!

Win Safetots stair gate

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Terms and conditions. Competition open to UK residents, and will close on 6/3/15. Winner will be randomly selected from all correctly completed entries and contacted by email. Winner must claim their prize within 10 days or it may be redrawn. Prize will be supplied directly fromSafetots UK.  Win competitions at



  1. steph lovatt
    March 4, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    My little boy always decides to run close to the tv unit a few times he’s almost hit his mouth on the corner

  2. claire matthews-curtis
    March 5, 2015 / 4:58 am

    My daughter trapped her fingers in the door, took the nail off. She was so brave bless her. I was a blubbering mess. I got door finger gaurds after that.

  3. Nat Jones
    March 5, 2015 / 9:45 am

    She sat on the floor banging two china tea cups together that I’d forgotten to pick up!

  4. Theresa Thomas
    March 5, 2015 / 10:53 am

    He once swallowed a penny when he was two, fright of my life. A quick check at the Hospital and all was fine.

  5. Diana
    March 5, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    When my little girl fell on a wooden edge of dolls cot, it looked like she hit her teeth, I was so scared! But it was fine.

  6. Natalie Baugh
    March 5, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    My 15 month old was round his Nan’s in the week, he is so fast now that he crawled up the stairs got to the top and fell back luckily my mom got there to catch him, it really shook her up though. We really need to get stair gate for her house now as the first thing he goes to now is the stairs, im sure he tries to scare us on purpose haha, so this would be perfect 🙂

  7. Paul Walsh
    March 5, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Fell off the couch

  8. gemma clark
    March 5, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    stepped out in front of a car!!

  9. Sarah Palmer
    March 5, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    my 3 year old got in the bathroom and nearly flooded it xxx

  10. Jeanette
    March 5, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Need to start child proofing my home before my 3 month old grandson starts getting into everything

  11. Graham Ashworth
    March 5, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Just started crawling and nearly pulled the TV over

  12. Natalie Crossan
    March 5, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Ran away in Next and hid in a changing room 🙁 x

  13. jessica newman
    March 5, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    my son hit his head on a table i felt horrendous but he got up like nothing had happened

  14. Lisa Wilkinson
    March 5, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    At the park she likes to go on the older kids apparatus which I go on with her. Once I lifted her on and before I climbed up she ran off and across a bridge 6-foot high and 1-foot wide!!!

  15. Nancy Bradford
    March 5, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Spinning around dancing until she made herself giddy and fell over and hit her head.

  16. Sharon Burroughs
    March 5, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    My little girl ran into a swing at the park, it hit her in the face and took her off her feet!

  17. Jane Middleton
    March 5, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    almost fell out of the pram

  18. March 5, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Harmony has somehow managed to get her head stuck in the gap between the stairs – she panicked and we couldnt get her unstuck for ages – no idea how she managed it but we were ready to call the fire brigade!
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  19. September 16, 2020 / 3:39 am

    Thanks for putting this together! I agree that without proper precaution, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for kids. Securing chemicals and sharp instruments is one great way to ensure kids’ safety.

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