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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. Kay Lou Smith
    March 2, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Jumping out of her cotbed – we immediately had to take the sides off and turn it in to a bed!

  2. Leanne Bell
    March 2, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Left my 4 month old in the bouncer, popped into the kitchen briefly & came back in to catch my 5 year old ‘bouncing’ her wildly.

  3. rose p
    March 3, 2015 / 3:20 am

    locked the car doors whilst inside

  4. lyn burgess
    March 3, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    My son managed to remove one of the safety plug socket covers, and pushed in a hair slide, burning his hand and fusing all the lights.

  5. Susan B
    March 3, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Quite a few! Pushing a sliver of brazil nut up her nostril (trip to A&E required) hiding under the nighties while shopping (in Asda) and running off and getting lost in all the underground passages at Green Park!

  6. tina edwards
    March 3, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    my granddaughter managed to lock the car door whilst she was inside and me and my daughter were outside both of our handbags containing mobile phones were also locked inside the car

  7. leanne weir
    March 3, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Fell off the bed. Twice

  8. Angela Turley
    March 4, 2015 / 3:28 am

    On the way home from hospital with my toddler (girl) and 4 day old son Ryan our convo went:

    Toddler – “where’s Ryan?”
    Me- “he’s in his car seat next to you”
    Toddler- “no he’s not”

    My heart stopped and just for a second I panicked his car seat was still sat in the hospital car park!!! Luckily my toddler was just messing about but gave me a momentary fright of my life lol

  9. pamela gossage
    March 4, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Fell down stairs

  10. vicky morton
    March 4, 2015 / 10:45 am

    My son bit straight through his tounge when he was 3 and had to have it stitched

  11. Mark Chamberlin
    March 4, 2015 / 11:07 am

    My son decided to run off while we were watching some monster trucks doing a display at a local showground! I thought he was going to try and chase one! Luckily he just wanted a better view!

  12. Eleanor Powell
    March 4, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Ran off from His Grandad in the middle of Portugal and ran nearly half a mile back to find me

    March 4, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    she climb on everything

  14. Becca Staples
    March 4, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Hit his head on the corner of the table on holiday, 1st night we had a trip to a&e and a glued head x

  15. Clare Hubbard
    March 4, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Rolly pollied off our sofa head first, my heart stopped but he didn’t even cry!

  16. Sarah Bates
    March 4, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    We managed to lose my 5 year old at Magic Kingdom. It only lasted a couple of minutes but definitely thought my heart was going to come out of my mouth!!

  17. Danielle Graves
    March 4, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I once walked in to find my then 18 month old sat on top of his wardrobe, hed used the shelves like a ladder, luckily all our furniture is screwed in to the walls. Hes 2 now and still a climber

  18. Ema J Lowe
    March 4, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    last week my 4 year old (3 at the time) told her sister, my 9 year old she was her bestest friend and will be for ever and ever

  19. Tim Woolfenden
    March 4, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Also keeps ‘er indoors at bay. I can leap the gate, she comes to a shuddering halt, rolling pin in hand!!!

  20. donna l jones
    March 4, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    fell of the bed

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