When it comes to your baby’s safety, it’s important your home is clear of any disasters that could be a threat when your little one starts to crawl and sets off on their adventures around the house. Life & Style have put together a helpful guide to make sure your home is child friendly.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is a slippery hard place and can be dangerous if your child wanders in when the floors are wet. Especially when you’re taking them out of the bath the water dripping everywhere can be hazardous. Safeguard from slips by using nonslip mats near the bath tub. If your child is a little older, you may have a wet baby on the loose so it’s a good idea to have a mat by the door and around the house so it will soak in their wet feet.
When giving your baby a bath always test the water temperature before placing your little one in the tub. Fill it with lukewarm water and dip your elbow in to check that it’s not too hot or too cold. You can make bath time fun for them by giving your baby something to play with like a soft duck or sponge.
Store Toys Correctly
While it’s easy to get caught up in creating a cute themed nursery so your little star can dream sweet, it’s very important to spend time making sure it’s a safe space too. Home accidents send nearly 2 million children under the age of 4 to hospital, so takes notes on how to inspect danger spots in the nursery.
The cot bar shouldn’t be more than 2-3 inches apart so your baby can’t get their little head stuck in it during playtime. Also, when you’re putting them to bed you should remove the stuffed toys, blankets and pillows. They could be a ‘choking hazard’ so keep enough space for your little one to move around.
As they get older and start to move around more, it’s a good ideas to use a toy box without a lid so they don’t slam their little fingers and when leaving the nursery, always take extra precaution to make sure there aren’t any sharp objects lying around.
A Baby Monitor
A baby monitor is a must in the nursery, but keep the cords tightly wounded up and away from the cot. You can get a cordless monitor instead as it can be moved with you around the house so you can listen out for any sounds your baby makes. This can be used during the night time by leaving one in the nursery and one at your bedside table so you can always feel like your baby is beside you.
In the Kitchen
For young children, the kitchen is a compelling place for their curious little minds. To make sure it’s safe you’ll want to cover up sharp corners with protective guards where they’re more likely to bang their heads. When you’re disposing the rubbish, use child resistant bins or keep it behind closed doors so they don’t try to tip it over and make a mess. For extra safety, use a stove guard that will prevent the little ones touching hot surfaces and unplug small appliances around the kitchen like toasters, microwaves or coffee makers and store them out of reach to avoid children from tugging on the wire. Always remember to turn everything off in the kitchen and shut all doors securely.
Sockets Around the House
Kids innocent fascination for things can cause a lot of fear for parents as they’ll be grabbing all sorts of things around the house. You’ll want to make sure electrical cords are tucked behind the furniture and sharp objects or little bits are vacuumed and kept out of their reach. Always, always, always put plug protectors in electrical sockets. Toddlers can wiggle their wet fingers into the socket and put it back in their mouth, not only is it unhygienic but dangerous too incase of electrical shocks.
Stair gates for Extra Safety
For a peace of mind when your little one becomes more active, stair gates are a useful baby product which all parents can agree on. For home that have stairs you will want to install baby stair gates for your child’s safety so they don’t try and climb their way up or down. Have one at the top and bottom so if you happen to take your eyes off for a second they won’t get too far.
There are so many things to consider when you have a young child growing up in the house and it’s important you don’t take any chances. At George you can find baby safety equipment before your child arrives into the world to make it a child friendly home.