QUICK – IT’S TIME TO BABYPROOF!
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.