BUYERS’ GUIDE: Best childproofing products to check out

Is your mini-me newly mobile? We’ve rounded up great kid-proofing products to secure virtually every corner of your home.

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Don’t think that your home is the safest of all places. In fact, some 60 per cent of childhood injuries were sustained at home from 2002 to 2004, according to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Nor is it difficult to see why so many toddlers are getting hurt.

Your kewpie is a bundle of insatiable curiosity from the get-go. From the time she starts to stand on two wobbly feet, she’ll be peeking behind cupboard doors and doodling on your once pristine walls. Before you know it, she’ll be grasping at every knob or handle in her attempts to pull herself up. She’ll also be thrilled to explore her newfound ability to pull open doors, drawers and toilet lids.

Yet, cupboards and drawers may house dangerous items like sharp knives and toxic detergents. Incidentally, a basin of water in the toilet can pose a possible drowning hazard, since a mere 5cm deep can be lethal for your tot! So, make sure to childproof your home before disaster strikes. Unsure what you need to do? Get down on the ground to spot likely problem areas such as sharp corners or trailing cables. Don’t let your child’s curiosity and desire to explore turn into a tragedy ― safeguard your kiddo’s well-being with these products!

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3M Cabinet Locks
PRICE $8.90/pack of two
FROM Agape Babies
WHAT 3M has a longstanding reputation for producing strong and sturdy adhesive products that leave no visible damage on removal. Made with non-toxic and BPA-free materials, just give the surface of your cabinet a good wipe before slapping on these locks with double-sided tape, one on either side. Suitable for use with toddlers aged 1 and above.
PARENTS SAY PY Chua, a mother of two, says the locks kept her baby from opening the kitchen drawer. But when she removed it, the lining of her cabinet also came off.

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3M Multipurpose Locks

PRICE $10.90/pack of two
FROM Agape Babies
WHAT This best suits one-sided cupboard doors as the locks ― made with non-toxic and BPA-free materials ― are flexible enough to stretch across the entire cupboard. Attached to the piece of furniture using double-sided tape, it’s suitable for use with toddlers aged 1 and above.
PARENTS SAY A Ng, a mother of two toddlers, says this is great if you have glass cabinets. Your tot won’t be able to pry open these cabinets easily, which prevents them from breaking.

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3M Corner Guards

PRICE $10.74 for a pack of four corner guards
FROM Agape Babies
WHAT Once baby is on his feet and moving about, you’ll need to consider sharp pointy corners like the edges of a table or chair, which can cause cuts and bruises. You can mount these cushiony L-shaped, non-toxic and BPA-free guards easily on various surfaces. These corner cushions, which come in brown and grey, are attached to your furniture with adhesive tape, which are include. By the way, you can even cut them to the size you prefer. Suitable for babies 6 months and older.
PARENTS SAY Ng notes, “Before we got the stickers, my daughter knocked herself against the edge of a table and ended up with a big bump on her head.”

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Baby Safety Covers for three-pin power sockets

PRICE $4.80/pack of five
FROM Lazada
WHAT Keep baby from getting electrocuted by fitting these safety covers over the three-pin power sockets on your walls or extension plugs! These three-pin PVC covers are easy to install. You’ll need to use a screwdriver to remove these.
PARENTS SAY Ng enthuses that these were a godsend as several wall sockets are located near her kid’s bed. Also, it was so secure, her kids couldn’t even peel them off.

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3M Rotating Finger Pinch Guard

PRICE $6.54 each
FROM Agape Babies
WHAT Protect bubba’s tiny digits from getting clipped by your house doors with a foam pinch guard. This prevents the door from slamming shut if there are gusts of winds. To shut the door, just rotate the guard upwards, so that it’s parallel to the door’s edge. The non-toxic and BPA-free guards, which come in cute bear and chick designs, come with a removable paste strip that leaves no damage.
PARENTS SAY Sherene Low, mother of a 1-year-old, likes that she can rotate the pinch guard instead of having to constantly remove them, and this means she won’t lose them either.

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3M Safety-walk Anti-slip Floor Stickers
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PRICE $15.90/pack of four
FROM Lazada
WHAT If you’re worried that your little one might slip, especially when he’s taking his first steps, then use these decorative anti-slip floor adhesives, especially in the toilet. Measuring 13cm by 13cm, these stickers come in a variety of designs, including Hello Kitty ($24) and plant-themed ones. They’ll even liven up your shower area!
PARENTS SAY Chua says she found this product very helpful, pretty and it works! Really prevents slipping. But she had to purchase quite a number to adequately cover her shower area.

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Ikea Rabalder Cable Tidy
PRICE $6.90 for 5m
FROM Ikea
WHAT Keep peewee’s pesky hands and teeth off trailing wires by slipping them under this tube covering which has a slit in the middle for convenience. The pack includes five cable ties to secure the cables. Group several cables within the tube to the unsightly wires.
PARENTS SAY Ng enthuses that these cheap cable tidies are pretty effective in preventing her toddler from getting his mitts on the wires. It’s also a great way to organise her cables!

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Safety 1st Window Blind Cord Wind Ups
PRICE $3.80 for 2 pieces
FROM Target
WHAT If you have blinds at home and worry that the dangling cords might be a choking hazard, keep them in handy wind-ups. Simply adjust the cords to a right height — so that they are well out of your kiddo’s reach — loop them neatly, then use these holders to secure. If you need to readjust the cord’s length again later, simply rotate its cover to reduce the length of the exposed cords.
PARENTS SAY Giving these a thumbs up, dad Steven Low says that it was did a great job keeping the cords out of his curious toddler daughter’s reach.

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Mothercare Lindam Safest Start Auto-close Pressure-fit Safety Gate
PRICE $89.90 per guard
FROM Mothercare
WHAT You can fit these safety gates in your doorway to the toilet by using suitable extensions, available in 7cm extensions that are sold separately. Simply refer to the pressure indicator on the gates to check if you’ve installed the gates correctly. Plus, if you or your spouse often forget to shut the doors behind you, you’ll adore the auto-closing feature.
PARENTS SAY Chua says these gates are a necessity if you have stairs at home as you’ll have peace of mind knowing your child won’t be tumbling down the steps.

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Babies R Us Portable Bed Guard
PRICE $59.99 per guard
FROM Babies R Us
WHAT If you’re worried that your tot will roll off his bed, keep him safe with this bed guard. Easy to install, you’ll only need to slip the metal arms under the mattress. Simply fold it down when you need to tend to your mini-me at night.
PARENTS SAY Chua says that she found these to be very useful because the kids sleep on their own single beds so this helps them from rolling off. She explains, “We even bring them when travelling since it’s so portable!”

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