Some dangers are obvious, others less so, but there are many mistakes that are frequently made by parents. Here are a few of the most common. Water heater set too hot Young children have thinner, more sensitive skin and are susceptible to scalds from hot water. If your boiler is set at too high a temperature, you are more likely to run a bath that is too hot for your child. The easiest way to guard against this is to get a digital bath thermometer. Those especially designed for baby baths will tell you when the water is an appropriate temperature and when it is not. Leaving dangerous items in cupboards We generally think to keep sharp objects out of reach, but household cleaning products should also be kept away from children. Cleaning agents are often stored in cupboards near floor level and if you cannot move them elsewhere, invest Continue Reading….
Many innocuous household objects pose a risk to your child, but if you know the dangers, it’s usually pretty easy to take measures to prevent mishaps. It’s less of an issue these days, but if you have a VCR, your child might insert fingers or objects into the slot. A VCR lock is an affordable measure that will guard against this and similar products are available for CD and DVD players as well. Some fairly ordinary living room furniture can also be problematic. If you have recliners, take extra care when operating them. Ensure you know the exact whereabouts of your child so that there’s no chance they could have fingers in the mechanism or something like that. Ordinary chairs and settees can often conceal small objects that might prove to be choking hazards. All you can do here is be vigilant and check underneath them and down between the Continue Reading….
So many items that we rely on in our day-to-day lives pose a threat to babies and toddlers. When you have a baby, you look around your home with new eyes and see the danger inherent in everyday items. Your stove is one of the more obvious dangers. Here, the main threat is that your child might pull at something above them, perhaps depositing a pan of hot food over themselves. Or they might be tempted to play with the knobs, turning on the gas on one of the hobs. Hob guards keep your child from making direct contact with hot metal, while knob guards prevent them from playing with the controls. It is also advisable to use the hobs at the back whenever possible, keeping items out of reach. Bathroom equipment like scissors and razors are other clear threats. They might be in a cupboard, but that isn’t to Continue Reading….
When you have a newborn baby, gifts are more than welcome. You suddenly need so many items you had never previously thought about, you struggle to tick everything off. As well as new items, you will probably receive a number of hand-me-downs from parents who are both happy to help and perhaps rather keen to clear some space in their home as well. Second-hand items can be very useful, but it is important to be slightly wary of them all the same. There is a chance that they do not meet current safety standards if they are a few years old and even if they do, you should still inspect them carefully for damage or missing parts. Even simple old toys can pose a risk. Wooden toys from many years ago may feature lead paint, which you will not want anywhere near your child. If you have doubts, it is Continue Reading….
When preparing for the arrival of a baby, you may start to see danger everywhere. There will then be a second wave at the point at which they learn to crawl and another once they can stand. At each stage, more objects become accessible and the dangers multiply. The stairs are an obvious danger, whether your child is crawling or walking. A stairgate is a must and you may want more than one to block off particular rooms as well. Once your baby can stand, it is even more important to ensure the solidity of the stairgate, however, as they can exert more force. A screw-fitted stairgate is best for the top of the stairs for this reason and also because it will lack the trip bar that is a feature of pressure fitted gates. A standing child can also pull over more furniture, so make sure everything in the Continue Reading….
The kitchen is perhaps the most dangerous room in the house for a baby and it may be better to keep them out completely using a stairgate. However, if this is not possible for some reason, there are many measures you can take to make the room safer. In many ways, the biggest danger in a kitchen arises from the fact that you are more likely to be distracted in this room of the house. Whether cooking or cleaning, you are less likely to be giving your child your full attention. As a consequence, the first thing to do is remove the obvious dangers. There are often a lot of cleaning products and the like in a kitchen and more often than not, they’re kept in low cupboards because we don’t use them as often as crockery and food products. However, this also means that they are accessible to toddlers. Continue Reading….
Many parents leave it late before baby-proofing their home. They wait until their child starts crawling and then suddenly realise that the development has opened up all sorts of new dangers. The best time to take stock and make your home safe is before the baby arrives. Once you have a newborn, you’ll struggle to find time to do the job properly and you don’t need the added stress either. An easy way to see what your baby might encounter is to actually get down to their position. Get on your hands and knees and see what is accessible to you. Any sharp corners will need corner protectors on them, while breakable objects should be moved out of reach. You might also notice that cables and other things might hang down, allowing your baby to inadvertently pull objects onto themself. Electrical outlets will also pose a major danger, but one Continue Reading….
Being as it’s the place where your child will sleep, there are a handful of measures that need to be taken in the nursery and the first thing to look at is the cot itself. A new cot should meet all necessary safety standards, but if you have a hand-me-down from someone else, it might warrant some attention. One of the most important safety aspects is the distance between the bars of the cot. If they are too far apart, your child might get arms or legs trapped. If you’re in doubt, it would probably be better to invest in a new one for your own peace of mind, if nothing else. Within the cot, you can add sensor pads underneath the mattress. This allows you to monitor your child’s movements without having anything in direct contact with them. By covering the entire sleeping surface, there is a reduced risk Continue Reading….
None of us wants to become the kind of parent who sees danger everywhere all of the time, but we do need to be aware and there are a number of sensible steps that should be taken to ensure every room in the house is safe for our child. The living room is relatively safe, but even so, there are few measures that should be taken to make the environment baby friendly. Plug sockets are an obvious and major danger. Fortunately, many different kinds of socket cover are available and these will serve as a cheap and efficient solution. Electrical equipment such as TVs and video and DVD players could also prove dangerous. Screen protectors prevent breakages, while shields and guards can be bought that will prevent your child from fiddling with equipment or inserting their fingers into gaps. Coffee tables and shelves might be at head height for a Continue Reading….
There comes a time when your baby would be better in a high chair for meals. It is usually shortly after they reach six months of age when they will be capable of sitting upright unassisted. At this point – or preferably before – you will need to choose an appropriate high chair. A major consideration will be how the high chair secures your baby. They will need to be fastened in without there being any chance that they could slip down, which might lead to neck or head injuries. There will ordinarily be a strap that goes across the waist as well as between their legs. Ideally, there will be a five-point harness as they minimise movement. The next thing you need to look for is the size of the base. You will notice that high chairs are wider at the base than at the top. This is to Continue Reading….