Babies are curious little creatures! They have a tendency to grab anything not nailed down (and some things that are nailed down), chew things, pull things, touch things, throw things, squeeze things and climb on or into things. That is why we need to be super vigilant with their safety. Their curiosity and lack of coordination can be a recipe for disaster. So here are our top tips for keeping baby safe at home.
1. Never Leave Baby Alone
Never leave baby alone in the house or in the car. If you (or someone you trust) aren’t there, you can’t prevent any potential disasters.
Do not leave baby on a couch or a table unattended, they might roll off.
2. First Aid
Make sure you have taken a first aid course and have a fully stocked first aid kit. If any medical issues arise, or heaven forbid an emergency, then you will be equipped to handle the situation until the professionals arrive.
3. Monitor Dangerous Items
Make sure all cleaning products are locked away safely. The same goes for garage items like paint, car care items and sharp tools.
Never use tablecloths as baby can pull items on the table down on themselves.
Make sure that baby cannot gain access to any plastic items. Plastic bags are particularly dangerous, but so are plastic packaging and hard plastic items.
Turn off any power points not in use and use childproof protectors for them.
4. Baby Gates
Use baby gates to block off danger areas such as kitchens and internal access garage doors. Make sure you have a baby gate at the top and bottom of any stairs in your home.
5. Vehicle Safety
Your child must be restrained in an appropriate approved carseat at all times when the vehicle is moving. The straps should be untwisted and comfortably tight. You should not be able to pinch any of the strap in your finger when done up.
Make sure you are aware at all times when moving or reversing your vehicle. Check and double check that no children are around outside when the car is moving.
6. Kitchen Safety
Always ensure that nothing is left on the edge of the bench that baby could pull down. This includes knives, chopping boards, food items etc. Hot drinks are a scalding hazard, so ensure they are well out of baby’s reach.
When cooking on the stovetop, make sure you use the elements furthest from the edge and turn all pot handles away from baby’s reach.
Make sure that your pantry and cupboard doors are securely closed so that baby cannot access the contents.
7. Water Safety
Your baby can drown in just a few centimeters of water, so make sure any buckets for soaking are out of reach and the bath is emptied immediately after bathtime.
When at a swimming pool or at the beach, ensure that someone you trust is supervising baby at all times.
If you have a pool ensure that it is well fenced and that the fence is unable to be climbed. Never leave pool toys in the pool so that the kids are less tempted to go in the water without adult supervision. Always empty paddling pools after they have been played with.
Any pet water bowls must be out of reach as they hold enough water for baby to drown in.
8. Choking Hazards
Always make sure a trusted adult is supervising baby when they are eating.
Keep all small items like coins, hairclips, and pen lids up out of reach. Make sure any pet food bowls or litter trays are out of reach.
Make sure that all the toys that your baby plays with are safe. That they have no sharp edges and no small pieces that can come away in your baby’s hand or mouth.
Be especially aware of any items that contain button batteries. Swallowing these can be fatal to your baby. Don’t let baby suck or chew on your keys, remotes or other items that may contain button batteries.
9. Household Furniture
Make sure that your baby is always harnessed into their highchair and is supervised while in it. Don’t let any pets around the highchair as they can knock it over.
Always use baby furniture items as they are intended. Rockers should remain on the floor, as should exo-saucers and baby swings.
You should ensure that any older furniture items have been tested for lead paint as this is poisonous if ingested.
Make sure that all heating sources are behind a fireguard or out of baby’s reach. Your house will need to have functioning smoke alarms.
Make sure you regularly wash your hands, especially after nappy changes, touching a pet or preparing food.
Keep your carpets vacuumed and your floors mopped. Baby will be crawling around on the floor and they will put anything in their mouth.
Use disinfectant on your toilet seat and lid, as well as in the bowl.
Wipe down baby’s toys, cot, furniture and highchair regularly.
Do you have any other things to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!
Gemma is a kiwi Mum of one and is the Editor for The Baby View. She also works with preschool children, loves cooking, loves sunshine, loves chocolate and loses countless hours at a time looking at cute baby pictures on Instagram!