As we settled into our new rented home there seemed to be an endless list of practical challenges to overcome and unpacking to do. It was last June and we'd moved to Cork from England with our three young children.
While our two eldest, aged six and three at the time, were generally dependable and knew when adventurous escapades had gone too far, our 14-month-old toddler was living life by the seat of his nappy as we attempted to settle in.
If there was a box to be torn apart, a height to climb or a gap in the hedge to clamber through, he was your man.
So when I noticed that the upstairs windows opened out without any restrictors and had no locks, I panicked.
The logic behind this "easy-to-open" design is that in the case of a fire the exit isn't impeded in any way. But I knew there was a considerably higher risk of my little son opening one of the upstairs windows and leaning out – the consequences were unimaginable.
It took us a while to find someone who could fit the restrictors but since they've been installed I can honestly say my wife and I sleep more soundly at night.
Tragically, last weekend, another toddler lost her life after falling from the window of a third-floor apartment in Finglas, Dublin. Andrea Gaziova, who was just 20 months old, fell 30 feet and suffered fatal head injuries.
Astonishingly, little Andrea was the fourth toddler to die in a fall from an apartment in Ireland since 2010.
Just last May in the Cork town of Midleton two-year-old Vakaris Martinatis died when he fell from an upstairs window.
"He was my boy. I had a great connection with him. Two years of happiness, and now we are suffering. It's such a short time, only two years," said his grieving father Vidas.
In April last year in Dublin 21-month-old Sebastian Pereira Kus pushed open a window already fitted with restrictors which gardai described as "flimsy".
Sebastian's mother said she put the boy to bed, which was against the wall underneath the window, making sure the window handles were closed and shutting the curtains.
She was in the sitting room and became aware that something was wrong just 30 minutes later, when a firefighter called to her door. She ran in to check on Sebastian. "He wasn't in his bed and the bedroom window was open. I ran over to the window, I looked out and I saw Sebastian lying on the ground below," she said.
Sebastian was taken from Inchicore to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin where he died, later that day, from severe head injuries.
In March 2010 another immigrant family suffered sheer devastation when their 18-month-old child climbed through an apartment window and fell to the pavement below on a street just off Eyre Square in Galway.
My heart breaks for all of these parents, I cannot start to understand their pain.
Speaking at the inquest into Sebastian's Pereira Kus's death, Coroner Brian Farrell said: "I would appeal to all landlords of tenants with children to ensure that child proofing (of windows) is addressed."
Surely we need greater clarity in the areas of building regulations and responsibility when it comes to this hugely important issue? Still today across Ireland there will be plenty of apartments and houses where dependable restrictors are not fitted.
A quick internet search will reveal a local fitter of restrictors in your area. If there's no such person where you live then contact the company which fitted your windows.
We work so relentlessly to protect our children in other ways, but this may be one of the most important precautions we can take in making sure they are safe.