Taking your new bundle home from hospital is one of the most streesful things to do, suddenly you are responsible for this little person. When you have a new arrival you want to do everything you can to ensure they are safe. Many parents worry about the home environment and can go over the top with locks on everything. In this post we will look at the essentials for baby safety around the home.
Child car seat
The car seat is an essential, you need to get baby home from hospital in one piece. There is lots to think about with car seats and you can read more here. Remember to remove baby’s thick winter coat before you strap them in as they will not be securely fastened if there is an accident.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
This is another thing you need to think about before baby arrives. You need to ensure that your home is equipped with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms ahead of baby’s arrival. Infact, it is something that all homes should have in place regardless of whether there are children around or not.
Once baby starts to get on the move it is amazing how quickly they can learn to climb. My daughter could almost climb before she could walk properly. You may think there is no way they would ever reach an open window but once they are toddlers and can move around they can be very inquisitive ! Toddlers can move seats or use toys to climb up to a window ledge and it is only too easy to push against a window to open it. Think about window locks to ensure there are no accidents.
An open fire can be a real sense of wonder for a baby, the twinkling lights and the sparkling logs are just asking to be explored. As soon as baby is moving you need to ensure any fire, real or not has a fire guard in place. Wood burners are gaining in popularity as well so ensure that they are safely away from small fingers. A nursery fireguard should be used – this is a big fireguard that protrudes into the room ensuring that small children cannot get close to the hot stove.
In children under 2, falls from stairs are a leading cause of emergency department visits. It’s ideal to install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, but the top is the most critical spot. Gates at the top of stairs should open towards you, not towards the flight of stairs, as you could fall forwards whilst opening the gate. You will need to gauge if you need them depending on your circumstances, can baby get to the stairs by themselves etc. We had one at the top of our stairs for ages as my daughter could get out of her cot, and then her bed, when we were asleep and I always worried she could fall downstairs at night.
There is currently a question mark over whether using socket covers is a good idea, but RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents, does not consider it necessary to recommend the use of socket covers, nor does the Electrical Safety Council.
What did you consider to be essential for baby safety around the home ? Do you think we have missed anything ?