QUICK – IT’S TIME TO BABYPROOF!

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Bub’s Development -

Now that your tod­dler is mo­bile, ex­pect all sorts of mis­chief. Ac­cord­ing to Kid­safe, for­merly known as the Child Ac­ci­dent Preven­tion Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia (www.kid­safe.com.au), the home is the most com­mon lo­ca­tion for chil­dren to be in­jured.

With this in mind, it’s es­sen­tial to su­per­vise your child at all times – and a bit of child­proof­ing will help, too. Mak­ing your house safe will re­duce your stress lev­els, but try to re­strain your in­nate de­sire to over­pro­tect your baby; ex­plor­ing his sur­round­ings and dis­cov­er­ing his lim­its are all part of his de­vel­op­ment process.

Use safety gates at both the top and bot­tom of your stairs.

Quickly clean up spillages on hard floors to pre­vent your child from slip­ping. Use door guards to stop trapped fin­gers. Keep medicines and clean­ing prod­ucts in a locked cup­board.

Fit win­dow locks and safety cov­ers to elec­tri­cal plug sock­ets.

Start us­ing fire­guards around fires and heaters in the win­ter – they can still burn fin­gers af­ter they’ve been switched off.

Tuck away elec­tri­cal ca­bles, and tie cur­tain or blind cords out of the way.

Never leave hot drinks within grab­bing dis­tance of your tod­dler.

Keep hair straight­en­ers out of your tod­dler’s reach. They can get up to about 230°C and can still burn kids up to eight min­utes af­ter they’ve been un­plugged.

Fix any heavy book­shelves to the wall so that your tod­dler doesn’t pull them on top of him­self.

When cook­ing, use the rings at the back of the hob and turn any han­dles away from where they can be reached.

Check the floor of­ten for ob­jects your tod­dler could pick up and choke on.

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