Advertisement twos pixar

Family Matters

How to “Twin-Proof” Your Home

April 30th, 2013

By: Ilan Gershon

Twins 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 for expectant parents, giving birth to twins is just the beginning—the real challenge is meeting twin home safety and baby monitoring requirements.

Whether you’re a first-time parent or a parenting veteran, the thought of steering not one, but two fast-moving little ones out of harm’s way can seem overwhelming. But with the right strategy and the right tools, you can keep your sanity intact while keeping your tots safe and secure.

Here are a few tips to help you get a head start on twin-proofing your home and living space.

  • Technology is your friend. Technology makes raising twins much easier than it was even a few years ago. The latest generation of video monitoring offers crystal clear, interference-free and secure video as well as an extended coverage area. Remote monitoring options, visual/audio alerts and two-way communication features make these systems an easy decision for any family with twins.
  • 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 goes on and on. After you have created a list of concerns, purchase and install the appropriate safety gadgets. If you’re not sure where to begin, consult a childproofing professional for assistance.
  • 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 very mobile as infants, 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 from scratch. 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 in today’s parenting marketplace 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.

Raising twins isn’t easy—but it’s not impossible. By investing in the right resources and applying some common sense strategies to the parenting task, you’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to create a twin-proof and family-friendly home.

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.

Leave a comment:

Share This Page


Stay Connected

Advertisement Sportball

Things to do…