Furniture Dangers

don't climb on the furniture!

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Furniture Dangers
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What is it about children and climbing? I’m not sure, but it seems that the majority of them are born with the inbuilt need to climb from as soon as they start to walk – cushions, toys, chairs, sofas, trees, they’ll climb anything and everything which gets in their way, particularly if a favorite toy or something exciting is almost within reach . . .

The only problem is with these junior Edmund Hillary’s is that the thing they are climbing on will often tipple on top of them and hurt them. Dressers with open drawers were not intended to be footholds for aspiring mountaineers were they?

So what can you do to prevent them (and your furniture) from hurting each other?

  • Do not allow your child to lie or climb on furniture (often easier said than done but anyway . . . try your best)
  • If your TV is on a piece of furniture make sure that it’s low and as far back as it will possibly go. Make sure that the furniture is plenty big enough to hold the TV.
  • Make sure that none of your furniture is “wobbly” to start with, use straps or angle braces if necessary to make it more secure, either to the wall or to the floor.
  • Flat screen TV’s need to be securely attached to the wall.
  • Putting valuabe and “pretty” things on a high shelf might help to keep them away from little hands, but they can be oh so tempting. Why not pop them in a cupboard to remove the temptation.
  • Make sure that your child can easily reach his/her toys or books – don’t put them onto high shelves to encourage any mountain climbing tendencies.

 

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