safe is your baby at home?
Once your child starts to crawl,
danger lurks at every corner of the house. You need to watch him with a
hawk's eye to make sure he stays out of harm's way.
Never leave your child alone on a bed
or sofa, for even a minute.
When bathing your child, fill the tub
with enough water to just cover his legs when he is sitting in it. And
never, ever leave your child alone when he's in a tub.
Keep a rubber mat at the bottom of the
tub so it is not so slippery.
Make sure the crib is secure, and the
drop-down sliding door is shut if you ever leave the room with your child
in the crib.
When your child is sleeping in the crib,
remove all toys.
Don't let your child play with small
toys like marbles, which are small enough for him to swallow. There's a
danger he may choke.
Keep knives and sharp objects out of
reach at all times. Lock drawers which contain tools. In fact, lock all
accessible drawers and cupboards which can be locked.
Try and keep houseplants outside in
the balcony, or place them at a height, or your child will be nibbling
on mud all the time.
Install a car seat in your car. The
car seat should be facing the rear of the car, and should be fitted in
the middle of the back seat.
Attach soft rubber corners and edge
guards to the corners of low-lying tables, so your child's head doesn't
get hurt if he bangs it.
Keep your room door locked when you
are in the room, so your child can wander about where you can keep and
eye on him.
If you have a dog, keep him outside
your child's bedroom, especially if he sheds a lot of hair - or ticks!
There's no better substitute to a watchful
eye. Till your child turns is almost two, you or someone you trust needs
to be watching him all the time.
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