How to baby-proof your home

Baby on stairs

Babies and toddlers are inquisitive little things and as they’re discovering the world around them, it’s inevitable they might suffer the odd bump. Luckily, there are some practical things you can do around your home to help keep your little one safe.

  • Store all medicines, vitamins, cosmetics and alcohol in a cabinet with a child-resistant lock.
  • Keep all household and gardening chemicals in a cupboard with a child-resistant lock and make sure all child-resistant lids are screwed on tightly.
  • Put non-slip pads under any rugs that don’t already have non-slip backs. This will prevent you slipping while you’re carrying your baby.
  • Ensure all your appliance flexes are unworn and not hanging in reach of little hands.
  • Install stair gates and make sure your baby can’t fit through stair railings if you have a landing.
  • Keep all windows locked.
  • Fit smoke alarms to ceilings on each level of your house. Check regularly that they are in working order.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in your kitchen, which is the most likely place for a fire to start. Have extinguishers checked annually, they may need to be replaced.
  • Reduce your water thermostat to no more than 49ºC/ 120ºF to prevent scalding.
  • If you have blinds or curtain cords, check they’re not dangling in reach of your baby.
  • Keep choking and suffocation hazards out of reach. Only let your baby play with toys suitable for his age group and never leave him alone while he’s eating. In particular, watch out for coins, batteries (often found in toys), buttons, string, ribbon, elastic bands and plastic bags.
  • Take an infant first aid course so you’re well-prepared should anything happen and assemble a baby first aid kit that you can easily put your hands on should you need it.

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