Home Safety for Kids

12 November, 2017

A home qualifies as a home only when it is a sage haven for you and your children. Here are few tips that can be used for childproofing.

1.Furniture and Equipment

The mattress should fit securely in the crib, leaving no gaps around the where your baby could get stuck or trapped.

Drop side cribs should not be used for babies or children. Babies and children can get trapped in the crib and injure.

Cribs should be free of pillows, comforters, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals. Use a tight fitting sheet to cover the mattress.

Make sure there are no dangling cords from window blinds, lamps or mobiles near the crib.

If using a playpen or Pack and Play make sure the sides lock securely. Playpens should be free of pillows, comforters, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals.

2.High Chair

When your baby is 5 or 6 months old and can sit up without support, he can use a high chair. The base should be wider than the top of the chair so it does not tip over easily. Make sure the tray latches securely. Always use a 5 point harness when your baby is in the high chair, and never leave him alone in the chair - not even for a minute.

3.Infant Swing

A fussy baby who cries a lot may be calmed by an infant swing. The swinging movement often soothes the baby. Always use a 5 point harness to secure the baby in the swing and never leave a baby alone in a swing. If the baby falls asleep in the swing, he should be gently removed from the swing and placed in his crib, on his back.

4. Car Seat

An approved car seat is the most important piece of equipment you can have for your baby’s safety.

5. Baby walkers

Baby walkers are not a good idea and should not be used!
Children don't need them to learn to walk and they can be very dangerous. Each year many babies are seriously injured from falls while in walkers.

6. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be installed in the home and checked regularly to make sure they are working correctly.

7. High Up is High Risk.

Keep infant seats off high surfaces and make sure your baby is properly strapped in. Keep hold of children on changing tables, beds, couches, exam tables, counters and chairs. If car seats are used as a carrier, they should be placed on a hard, flat floor, where there is no danger of falling over. Car seats should not be used as a sleep surface.

8. Toys and Pets

Don't leave your baby alone in a room with a dog, cat, or any pet. Even if your pet seems gentle, it could think your baby is a threat, and could harm him.

Marbles, plastic bags, balloons, magnets and toys with small loose parts or buttons, are all things that can hurt your baby if they are swallowed. Crib toys should not have parts that

can be chewed off or swallowed. Don't tie toys to the crib. The baby's neck, fingers, and toes can get tangled in the string.