In the first weeks after the birth of your baby, you try to keep your little one alive by not drowning him in the bath, not crushing or dropping. If your baby is less vulnerable after a few months, you will face new challenges. The more mobile your little one becomes, the more dangerous the environment is. That is running all the time behind your child! But first: you make house-made baby-making, you can already prevent a lot of accidents!
Make your house child-friendly and baby-proof
If your baby can crawl, it is wise to immediately make your house baby-proof. In this way you can prevent accidents for a very large part. Because you know: most accidents happen at home. Yet it is not possible to make your house 100% child-friendly. Small children are often more creative than you think. It therefore always remains important that you keep an eye on your child.
If your baby is still small, pay particular attention to the fact that your baby is not on the trek, the baby's room is not too hot, you put the bed short, the bed is safe (see also safe sleeping of the baby) and no pets in the cot or box can. If your child gets older and can crawl, you have to make the whole house baby-proof.
Safety for toddlers
If your baby is going to crawl, it is wise to start making your own baby-proof. Lie down on the floor and see the world through the eyes of your little sprout. What dangers can he or she encounter? Are there any cords that your child can pull that can bump into something? Can your child pull something off the wall or get things that he or she better not put in the mouth? In addition, immediately think of stair gates, child-friendly sockets and door stops.
If your child is a toddler or toddler, there are more dangers. Your child is stronger, able to walk and thus take higher things and the worst: your child becomes smarter and more creative. This way they can open jars, bottles and doors. You will then have to do your best and make your house baby-proof.
No worries. Below I discuss each living space you can pay attention to!
Child safety in the bathroom
- Make sure that when your baby baths, the water of the bath is between 36 ° C and 38 ° C. Use your elbow to determine the temperature or a thermometer where you can read the exact temperature.
- Buy a bath valve protector so that your child can not bump into the tap. A bath valve protector is an inflatable thing that you can slide over the tap. It is best to buy a variant that can shut off the tap completely so that your child can not open the hot tap.
- Never let your child ever pray for a second.
- Make sure that the bathroom door is always securely closed so that your child can not just sneak into the bathroom.
- Always use a non-slip mat or stick anti-slip stickers.
- Teach your child from 2 years that red means 'hot' and blue 'cold'.
- Have you used the hot tap, then rinse with the cold tap.
- Use a thermostatic valve and set the temperature block at 38 ° C.
- Store shampoo and the like out of the reach of your baby or child.
- Make sure your child does not come near you when you are cooking.
- Do not leave your child near the dishwasher when it is switched on or has just finished. The steam coming from the dishwasher can cause burns.
- Use the back pits as much as possible during cooking.
- Turn the stems from the pans to the sides or back.
- If you are very worried about your child coming to the pans, purchase a stove rack.
- Do you have a freestanding stove? Anchor these well to the wall or floor.
- Secure the oven door with an oven lock.
- If your oven gets hot on the outside, screen it off with an oven window protector.
- Secure kitchen drawers and kitchen cupboard so that your child can not enter and can not use the drawers as a step.
- Move all devices as far back as possible so that your child can not reach them. Also keep the cables short and place them on the counter.
- Keep knives, matches, lighters, and all other items that can be dangerous in a drawer and make sure they NEVER sway on the counter.
Safe living room
- If your baby is still young, the box is the safest place to play. As soon as your baby can turn around and start moving more, it is good to adjust the bottom of the box downwards.
- Do not place the box close to the heating, indoor plants or other things your child can grasp.
- Make sure there are no toys or cords in the walking space, otherwise you or your child may fall over.
- Shield the sockets.
- If you have plants in your home, check that they are not toxic to your child.
- Do not leave a small toy in the vicinity of your child to swing what he or she can put in the mouth.
- Cabinets or shelves that can fall over can be better attached to the wall or floor.
- Do furniture and tables have sharp edges, then consider buying little chairs.
Make garden baby-proof
- Always make sure that your garden has a fence such as a fence, fence or hedge.
- Ponds are very dangerous for children. Cover it, temporarily make it a sandbox or put something around it so that your child can not fall into it
- Do you have stairs or steps? Always keep a close eye on your child or make sure that your child does not come near it.
- If you place a playground device in the garden, make sure that the surface is soft.
- Check all your plants: are they poisonous, do they have poisonous berries or do they have thorns?
- Make sure that all garden tools and equipment are under lock and key.
Other safety in house tips
When you're going to make your house baby-proof you can just as well check whether your overall safety is up-to-date. Do you for example have a smoke detector in every room? Carbon monoxide detectors are also very important to have. Other very important and useful things to have at home are a first aid kit, first aid indicator (explains what you have to do in some cases), fire blanket or fire extinguisher.
Smart smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in one!
What is also really recommended, is to follow a first aid course that is specifically aimed at children. Such a course takes about 1 day and teaches you everything you need to know to act correctly in case of accidents.
Do you have any tips for making child-friendly or improving child safety at home? Let us know!