Hi and thanks for visiting my site. In this article we will discuss the many different ways that your baby or toddler can find to hurt themselves and more importantly how to go about avoiding as many of them as humanly possible. I say that because it is just not possible to wrap them up in cotton wool, as much as you might like to.
There are going to be times as your little one grows, when they have a knock, a fall or accident, and the only thing you can do is comfort them and if, goodness forbid they have a serious accident and require more than a cuddle, then you should always contact your doctor or midwife, or in emergencies call the emergency services.
So here is the thing, you don’t need to start worrying as soon as you fall pregnant or are coming home with your baby from the hospital. This is way too early and you will have plenty on your mind to be getting on with without worrying about your baby getting into places they shouldn’t. Besides, they only tent to sleep, eat, look cute and poop for the first stages of their life anyway.
Now once they start crawling around at about the 8 month stage is a different story altogether. Now is the tome to star seriously considering how best to stop them from getting into harms way.
So there are going to be a variety of chemicals and sharp objects in here. If you have drawers or cupboard doors that are reachable by a toddler when standing or sitting upright you will need to get the relevant safety clasps put on so they cannot be opened easily
However don’t be fooled into thinking that a really determined toddler can’t open these given enough time. You will be surprised how quickly kids learn to overcome obstacles! It’s better to put razor blades or chemicals in a cabinet above and and out of reach.
At bath time, run the cold water first and then add the hot. It’ll make unlikely that you will scold your baby and use a temperature thermometer to check the waters temperature too. Baby skin is going to be more sensitive than yours and the ideal temperature should be 35-37C.
And never ever leave your baby or toddler in the bath unsupervised. Ever. It takes a second for them to slip under the water and anyone can drown in just one ‘breath’ of water.
So I would highly recommend a stair guard (gate) to ensure that your child can’t get up or down stairs and one for the kitchen in particular.
However there will be times when you leave that guard or door open by mistake and your little wanders in. So keep all knives, breakables or heavy pots and pans out of reach. Put safety catches or locks on reachable cupboards and drawers. Also try using bins with childproof lids too if you can.
To prevent burns or injuries if you have a fireplace install a fire guard and do what you can to block off radiator heaters in your home, although this is tricky short of buying a guard of some kind that takes up a lot of space.
Putting rubber corner and edge guards on furniture is good, but please do try and get good ones that will stick firmlyand not come off easily as these will then cause a choking hazard to your baby. If your baby does ever choke and can’t clear it themselves, see what to do here for advice on this.
Put any tall and easy to pull over lamps or standing furniture behind your sofa or couch.
Keep your television or other low furniture pushed back as far from arms reach of your toddler as you can.
Plastic safety plug covers will be useful to so no little fingers can go where they shouldn’t.
Keep low hanging curtain or blinds cords tied up and out of reach.
This is a basic guide offering some hopefully helpful tips and advice, but there is of course more that can be done to childproof your home, that will be applicable to you but not others, depending on your circumstances.
I would love to hear comments, suggestions or advice on how to expand on this article below. So feel free to leave a like, share or comment and I will get back to you promptly.