Safety in the home
The most common place for babies and children to be injured is at home. That’s why it’s essential for your home to be a safe space for your baby to roam around – and when he or she starts to crawl, just watch them go!
- The cords on curtains and blinds can be dangerous around babies – they can get tangled in them and have their breathing cut off. Fix the cords with a cleat or tensioner.
- To prevent suffocation, keep plastic bags and plastic wrap out of reach.
- Fit unused power points with covers or plugs.
- Fix large or heavy furniture (e.g. bookcases, TVs, ovens, wardrobes) to a wall to prevent furniture tip-overs.
- It is recommended all parents and carers do a first aid course. Have a first aid kit easily accessible at home.
Outside is great for your baby to explore the world – and a walk or jog in the pram is a great way for everyone to get some exercise.
- Babies should be within eyesight of an adult at all times while outdoors.
- Children should be supervised around babies – they’re not yet experienced enough to know the baby’s abilities and limitations.
- If your baby is exploring the outdoors, watch what he or she puts into their mouth as they can easily pick up dirty or diseased materials (e.g. animal droppings).