This baby safety guide - crawling baby, includes the most important points for a baby that is about to start crawling.
This safety guide includes the most important points for a baby that is about to start crawling.
Is your baby eager to start exploring the world around her? Bottom shuffle, crawling and attempting to stand up and walk at the same time? This is the time when your baby will start to put everything in their mouths, push and pull anything and everything, stick their little hands in unusual places. We all know that children have no concept of danger and it is up to us to ensure safe environment and peace of mind for us as parents, more time to relax, enjoy and less worry. So, it’s time to make some important adjustments in your home.
There are many hazards around your home from the baby’s point of view. Old school tip – go down on your knees and crawl around your home so you can get the baby’s perspective on things. Below are the most important prevention steps that you can take to secure the environment.
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Safety tips for the Kitchen
- The cooker – use back rings where possible. Saucepans on the cooker should be turned inwards – towards the back.
- Lock heavy pans, cleaning products, washing powder, breakable bowls that she can pull out on to herself inside locked cupboards or up out of reach. You can use latches but be aware that they are gradually wearing off and stay down. There are few types of cupboard locks available out there. From simple magnetic locks that you need some tools like screwdriver, pencil and a ruler in order to put them in the right place, to more sophisticated once that are literally installing themselves magnetic cupboard locks.
- Place a small carpet or rubber mat under the sink area that will prevent from slipping on wet floor and will prevent accidentally fallen glass or plate from breaking.
- Make sure your microwave is in furthest corner of the kitchen and you have enough space to put 2 plates a front of it. This will ensure that hot plates are out of reach.
- If you microwave food for your baby make sure to shake or stir well and let stand for at least 2 minutes before you give a milk bottle or food to your baby
- Make sure your shopping bags are all in one bag and put away out of reach
Hygiene in the Kitchen
As a parent, you are probably getting stressed out about germs and bacteria that your baby get exposure to. Some can cause serious illnesses that are especially dangerous to young children and the next time you have to fish something disgusting out of your baby’s mouth don’t worry. Babies have immune systems that are more resilient than you might think.
That said, you should never expose your child to a virus purposefully to build immunity. They get plenty of exposure to germs and viruses naturally. On the other hand, you don’t want to keep your baby in cocoon to prevent exposure because it’s just not going to work.
Kitchen Sponges are probably the most colonised by bacteria things in the whole house. Next time you think to “clean” and wipe the work surfaces in your kitchen with the sink sponge – think twice.
A study conducted by National Health and Safety Organisation found that 75% of tested sink sponges were contaminated with coliform bacteria - a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli and is an indicator of potential fecal contamination.
To prevent the spreading and kill the bacteria on the sink sponges you only need to put your wet sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds every day after you finished the washing up.
- Bathroom should be locked, if possible.
- Use soft mats all other the bathroom to protect from the hard floors
- Buy cleaning products with baby resistant lids
- Make up and personal products should be in cupboard out of reach as well as medications of all kinds.
- Never leave your baby alone in the bathroom when you have run a bath even if there are only few inches of water in the bath.
In the Nursery
- When a baby starts to pull up, put the mattress in lowest position.
- Remove hanging toys like mobiles and hanging toys
- Don’t leave any toys in crib when your baby is sleeping.
- Don’t use plugs that are close to crib.
- Remove crib bumpers unless they can be fixed to the cot securely and it would be impossible that it can fall on to your baby
- Don’t use pillows
- When changing your baby keep one hand on your baby when reaching for something, to avoid falls. You will be surprised that one day your baby cannot turn himself on a side or belly and the next he is able to turn herself on her side or belly.
Doors- Use door stoppers to protect baby’s fingers.
- Make sure that the bottom of each door is smooth and doesn’t have wooden splinters.
General- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. (Fit carbon monoxide detector if you use gas or oil heating). That alerts you if CO reaches dangerous levels in your home.
- Do not smoke – smocking during or after pregnancy can significantly increase the chance of sudden death syndrome (SIDS). There is an evidence that 30% of SIDS could be avoided if mothers didn’t smoke during the pregnancy. according to the Office of National statistics 240 deaths recorded each year (2016 statistics released in 2018). Together with the risks of smoking around a baby at home, this means that smoking could be linked to 60% of sudden infant deaths.
- Stabilize Staircases - make sure all staircases have solid handrails, securely affixed flooring, adequate lighting, and safety gates at the top and bottom.
- Windows – Fit locks or catches to any windows a child could reach.
- Glass in doors – cover it with safety film.
- Plug sockets –it has been realised for some time now and published by many RoSPA that plug electric socket plugs are NOT safe. The comment from RoSPA is clear, stating: "13-amp power sockets made to BS 1363 incorporate a shutter mechanism, which prevents inappropriate access to the live connectors. "RoSPA therefore does not consider it necessary to recommend the use of socket covers."
- Electrical fixes – Secure any trailing cords which a crawling baby could get entangled in. When you are ironing make sure the iron flex is out of your baby’s reach. You can install a shelf to keep your iron on and little hook (on the shelf itself, so you don’t need to make a hole in the wall) which you can pass the iron flex through.
- Open fires – a properly fitted fireguard is a must.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
- Get rid of all poisonous houseplants and they are:
- Oleander – first place, due to its extremely toxic
- Peace Lily
- Arrowhead Plant
- Lily (and Plants called Lilies)
- - RoSPA