My sweet Colin leads a life of danger and intrigue. To be more specific, he is intrigued by dangerous things.
At nearly fourteen months of age, Colin is a busy, busy man. He walks. He climbs. He places his fingers in a lot of precarious spots. He falls dozens of times a day.
He is interested in stairs, electrical outlets, cords, cabinets, drawers, small inedible items, open toilets, forbidden spaces of any sort.
During his waking hours, I have to stick close to my little explorer. But sometimes even when I am standing right with him, things still happen. Last week, he fell into a decorative piece of molding on my banister and got "a hole in his head," according to his sister. It was bad. And bloody. There were lots of tears (both his and mine).
I have learned that it is impossible to teach your toddler to be safe (you can say "no, no, no" and "danger!" all you want but they are still going to head right for the steps if you forget to put the gate up).
The best you can do is make their surroundings as safe as possible and keep your eyes on them at all times.
The constant vigilance part is up to you, but there is help available in the safety proofing department.
Safety Matters (a new sponsor here at A Hen and Three Chicks) is a Chicago-area company that specializes in making your home as safe as it can be for your kids. The process begins with a FREE in-home safety evaluation. A Safety Matters expert will look over each room in your home and provide a written recommendation and estimate. This report includes the installed prices AND retail prices for each recommend item. You have the choice of having one of the Safety Matters installers do the work for you or you can purchase the items from their retail warehouse and install them yourself.
This is money well- spent (and potential ER waiting room time avoided).
I am delighted to announce that Safety Matters is giving away 2 $100 gift certificates to my readers. Winners will receive the complimentary inspection and a $100 gift certificate good towards the installation costs or any of the products in the Safety Matters store (if you'd prefer to do the installation yourself).
To enter simply leave a comment on this post (If you don't have a Blogger profile that includes an email address where I can reach you, be sure to leave your email address in the comment).
You can earn an extra entry for retweeting any of my tweets about this giveaway or linking to this post on your Facebook page (let me know in that you've done so in your comment).
All comments must be received by March 7, 2010 at midnight CST. I will contact the winners by email on March 8th. If I don't hear back from the winners within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.