As we approach the summer nanny season we’re always looking for ways make smart nannies even savvier and more resourceful! As a nanny, I was often working in rented houses/apartments in which the family barely had time to childproof the home beyond keeping a watchful eye over their super-active children!
Need to make do with open plugs or loose wires? Have slippery rugs or door hinges that can close on little fingers? Try out these tips that I’ve collected over time. I’ve included pictures of some handiwork below. Remember, real childproofing is always better than a quick fix, but if you’re in a pinch, these tips may help.
Do you have loose cords? Pull out a hair tie and wrap up the cords before they end up in someone’s mouth or tripping up a child!
How about slippery rugs on slippery floors? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been playing on hardwood and BAM! Let the ouchies and crying ensue. Some super cheap rubber drawer lining, cut up and put underneath rugs on slippery floors, will help keep those rugs in place.
Worried about the chemicals underneath the sink? The easiest thing to do is to store them up and out of reach, but here’s a quick alternative. Use a long hairband and create a cat’s cradle on the door handle. It’s stretchy so there’s no chance you’ll do damage to the knobs!
If you’re a savvy nanny making do on the fly, you can always make up your own quick fixes. Just keep these things in mind:
1. Do no harm. Use safe materials and common sense when doing quick fixes.
2. Nothing beats a watchful eye. Always know what your charges are up to.
3.Be mindful of furniture and other precious household items when employing a quick fix.
Here’s to nannies!