Keeping your baby safe is one of the biggest worries for all parents. There are many things we take for granted as adults, but are hazards to your baby! Your home is not ready for the baby until you do several things to make it safe, especially if they are beginning to crawl or walk. Don’t find out what is dangerous the hard way – after the accident!
Here are some tips to remember. This list is incomplete as each home is different, but hopefully, these tips will get you started in the right direction:
Your handbag – Babies love to play with the things found in a handbag, whether its yours or a friends. Many of these things can be very dangerous to your baby, like medications, nail files, pens, cosmetics, keys and other small objects.
Cleaning your home – Of course, you should make sure all cleaning products are out of reach of the baby when they are stored, but also keep this in mind as you are actually using them! It’s very easy to get busy cleaning and turn your back, just long enough for them to get into something dangerous. One tip is to use the sink instead of a bucket when cleaning floors. Your baby could drown in a small amount of water, and of course what is in the water could be harmful to them.
Furniture – Make sure none of your lamps, TV’s, irons, chairs etc are easily tipped over. Plus keep your baby’s high chair away from walls and other surfaces they can use for leverage to push against, possibly tipping it over.
So as you can see, its so easy for accidents to happen! Check out all the rooms of your house often and remember to check them from your baby’s point of view. Get down on the floor to look for possible hazards.
A lot of Mums, especially those who breastfeed, still like to have their baby sleep in the bed with them. There are some safety tips to keep in mind when doing this:
- Don’t put them into an adult bed alone to sleep. They can crawl to an edge and fall off. They can become trapped between the headboard and the bed or the wall. They can also suffocate in soft bedding.
- Babies should be put to sleep on their back, not on their stomach.
- Don’t use pillows and thick quilts or blankets for babies under 1 year old. They increase the chances of suffocating themselves. Securely fitting crib sheets are the safe way to go.
- Make sure your baby cannot fall out of bed. Bed railings are a useful item to have or having your bed with one side to the wall. The baby should sleep between the mother and the bed rail, never between two parents.
- If you are under the influence of alcohol or medication that makes you extra sleepy, do not put your baby to sleep in your bed as you pose a danger to your baby.
- Never fall asleep on a sofa, or overstuffed chair with your baby. They can get wedged between the cushions and suffocate.
Its better to be safe than sorry!