As babies aged 6 months and upwards become more mobile, they become more prone to accidents. They become more interested in the world around them and want to explore their environment. This is the time to safeguard your home and make it child-friendly.
Gone are the days of uncovered electrical sockets and cleaning solutions under the kitchen sink. Here are a few guidelines to help you make your home safe for your baby and to enable him to enjoy as much freedom as possible.
- Lock all potentially poisonous substances out of reach and out of sight of your baby.
- Buy products (especially cleaning materials, poison and medication) with childproof packaging.
- Don't leave your baby alone in the car or anywhere in the house (this includes a playpen).
- Tie cords to blinds or curtains up so that your baby cannot become entangled in them.
- Move electrical cords out of reach.
- Don't leave your baby alone with a pet.
- Fix burglar bars to all windows that can open.
- Never store non-food products in empty food containers (eg paraffin in a jam jar).
- Secure or pack away all unstable furniture or bookshelves that your baby could pull down.
- Ensure that your baby can't pull himself up in his cot. Remove bulky toys, pillows and bumper pads that your baby can climb onto.
- Keep small objects out of reach - at this age your baby explores the environment by putting things into his mouth.
- Barricade the top and bottom of stairs.
- Put up protective grills or other barriers infront of fireplaces, heaters and stoves.
- Keep plastic bags out of your baby's reach.
- Lock alcohol out of reach.