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Safe at Home


Is your home safe for your baby? 90% of all baby accidents occur at home. Here's how to make sure your baby is safe and far from danger.
 

  1. You may not realize it, but the fact is that your purse is a bagful of trouble as far as your baby is concerned. Keep it well out of reach of your baby's prying hands. Never leave it lying around, or before you know it, your favourite nail-polish will find its way into your baby's tummy.
  2. Any showpieces that are within your baby's reach should be picked up and put away, if they are small enough for your baby to swallow, or if they are breakable. 
  3. Install rubber-ends on table corners, so your baby doesn't hurt his head when running around the house. 
Another place children often hurt their head is in the bathroom. Keep a rubber guard around taps used for bathing, so if your child bangs his head against it, he will not get hurt. 

Make sure all shelves are locked. If it is inconvenient to keep them locked up all the time, then change the latches so they are not easy for a baby to open. 

Babies often jam their fingers in doors and drawers. Install door stoppers in the doors at home, so the doors shut automatically, and slowly. Door stoppers are extremely convenient, especially during the summer when the air-conditioner is turned on, or in peak winter, when the heater is turned on. At least you won't go hoarse yelling at everyone to shut the door behind them! 

Once your baby starts walking or crawling, the minute the door opens, you can bet that he's going to charge out of the house. And once he learns how to open the door by himself, you never know when he'll just open it and run out. Most children have an instinctive sense of fear of the unknown and would think twice before opening the main door, but if you have fearless, bold and aggressive children, its best to use a doorknob lock to keep your door locked at all times.  

Babies tend to slip on small decorative carpets. Avoid having small carpets in your bedroom or in the child's playroom. If you must, use a larger carpet which doesn't move around under your baby's feet. You could even carpet the entire room or the entire house. But do this only if the house is air-conditioned.

Keep the remote control out of reach of your child. Find out if you can get a cover fitted on the remote - not a transparent sheet, but a cover that will prevent any of the buttons from being pressed until such cover is removed.  

If you have plants at home, find out which ones are harmless when eaten. Some plants may be poisonous, and should be kept outside the house.
Keep household products, detergents, disinfectants and medicines, and all that could be hazardous if consumed, locked. Keep poisons, locked, out of reach of children, and make sure they are clearly labeled. Store all such products in their original containers. 
 
 

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