We don't mean to scare you, but once your baby is on the move, they are exposed to new dangers. The most common include falls, burns and scalds, water hazards and poisons. Time to baby-proof your home.
When your baby starts crawling, and later walking, putting padding on sharp corners and edges of furniture can prevent eye or head injuries. Stabilise or remove unstable furniture or anything that may topple over if your baby grabs it – things like standard lamps. Fitting safety barriers at the top and bottom of stairs and the edges of decks and back doors is the first thing to do for a baby-safe house. The safest place to change a nappy is on the floor.
2. Burns and Scalds
Always run cold water into the bath before adding hot water and keep bathroom and toilet doors shut. Is the oven door secure? Never have a hot drink while your child is in your lap or arms. Tablecloths are a no-no in a baby-safe house. They can be very dangerous as one tug can tip a cup of hot tea or coffee onto a child very easily.
3. Water Hazards
Water is a potential death trap – a baby can drown silently in just two minutes in as little as 4 cm of water. Always empty the bath as soon as you have finished with it and never leave baby in the bath unsupervised. Not even if the telephone rings. Use a non-slip mat on the bottom of the bath to prevent slipping. Make sure your swimming pool and spa pool fencing complies with all fencing regulations. Empty paddling pools after use.
All poisons, including household cleaners, dishwasher powder and medicines, should be locked away in a baby-safe home. Remember to supervise your baby when you’re in other people’s homes.
Also check out the Baby-safe house checklist here.