By Ilan Gershon,Director of Product Management and Development at Lorex Technology and father
How many of you BCBers have twins? Chances are quite a few of you are experiencing double the fun as parents, as twin birth rates are at an all-time high. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in thirty babies born in the U.S. is a twin.
But along with double the smiles comes double the challenges, especially when it’s time to babyproof your home. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a veteran, trying to prevent 4 hands from getting stuck in doors and 2 heads from bumping the floor is challenging.
Be prepared to twin-proof your home with these tips.
• Think like a child. One of the best ways to twin-proof your home is to get down on your hands and knees, and view your living space from a twin’s perspective. Drawers, stoves, medicine, electrical outlets, cleaning supplies – the list of potential safety threats you will discover is unlimited. If you’re not sure where to begin, consult a childproofing professional for assistance.
• Technology is your friend. Technology makes raising twins much easier than even just a few years ago. The latest generation of baby monitoring offers parents unlimited options, including video, remote monitoring and two-way communication features. When you have twins, you likely wish you had 2 sets of eyes, and technology can certainly give you that visibility.
• Consider growth and expandability. As you install monitoring technology and other twin-proofing mechanisms in your home, it’s important to consider expandability. Although your twins may not be mobile now, they will be crawling and walking before you know it, and you’ll need to expand your system to cover new areas of the home. The best monitoring technologies allow you to add monitors and devices to your existing system without having to start over. There are even options available with remote pan/tilt capabilities to capture quick moving little ones from every angle.
• Use common sense. The array of technologies and safety gadgets available to parents is impressive. But no device is a substitute for a healthy dose of common sense. Ultimately, the best protection for your twins will come from the time and attention you invest in their upbringing, so be sure to augment the safety products you purchase with your eyes, ears and basic parenting skills.
(And hey, these tips are great for parents of solo children as well.)
Ilan Gershon is Director of Product Management and Development at Lorex Technology. He has more than six years of experience developing and marketing baby monitoring and video surveillance solutions, and is the winner of two Consumer Electronics Association (CES) awards for innovation in baby monitoring and related products. His experience with advanced security systems – combined with his four years as a father – gives him a unique perspective into the world of baby safety. For more information on Lorex Technology, visit www.lorextechnology.com.