It’s scary when your baby first starts crawling as you worry even when they escape your sight for one second. The main thing you can do is supervise them at all times but there are ways you can make your home less dangerous for small children. The first thing you need to do is outline the risks in your house. Here are some of the most common causes of accidents and how to prevent them.
Supervise them at all times, even if they’re a bit bigger or especially if they’re with other siblings. Some games and play fights could turn nasty in the bath. They should never be left on their own in or near water in general. Be careful with the temperature of the water. Have the water coming through your bathroom set to a maximum of 50ºC if possible. Always add cold water to hot water and keep testing the temperature so as not to scald your baby or toddler. If you take a hotter bath, keep them away from it as they are too sensitive for the hot water moms need to relax in. Small children only need a quick wash. Don’t leave babies and toddlers in the bath for too long or they will get cold.
Keep toddlers away from hot objects and areas such as the stove and radiators. Never leave them unattended around the kitchen.
Have an electrician check all power points and install safety switches. If an accident occurs at home involving faulty appliances you could consult Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.
Kids this age love to run around, or crawl, at their maximum speed before learning to hit the brakes. Keep a night light on for them to see if they go to the bathroom during the night so they don’t trip over or bang into things. Keep windows locked or attach window guards. For smaller ones install safety guards across any stairs and balconies. Watch them carefully and stay close when they’re climbing stairs.
It’s unlikely but you don’t want any risk of fire. Update your smoke alarms every ten years and test them annually. Install more, particularly in bedrooms.
Hide any medicines very high up and out of reach. If you have toxic chemicals such as cleaning products in your house, remove as many as possible, or consider changing to a non-toxic alternative. Any other potentially poisonous substances should be locked away in a cupboard far out of reach.
Ropes and cords
Loose strings, ropes and cords for example on blinds can be a strangulation risk so keep these tied up to at least 1.5m. Be careful with loose bedding as well and some toys and they can be a hazard. Keep plastic bags tied up and kept away. Toddlers will grab anything and you don’t want them getting wrapped up in them.
It might be a good idea also to look into a CPR course near you, so you are prepared if the unfortunate happens.