HOW TO KEEP BABIES SAFE AT HOME?
Published on 20/03/2018
Last Updated on 21/03/2018
Submitted by Beryl
Last Updated on 21/03/2018
Submitted by Beryl
Safety of the baby is more important than anything else, whether it is inside or outside the house.
- Before wearing any cloth, check if that is of correct size to your baby. Do not wear tight clothes to the baby
- If there is any loose ribbon or threads, remove them before you wear that to your baby
- Check inside the mittens, socks and booties for any threads or any other similar things, as they are not safe for the babies
- If there is any head-covering, remove them before putting baby to sleep, as there are chances of becoming entangled
- Some clothes have neck-area drawstrings, which may cause strangulation sometimes.
- Check for any buttons that is not fully attached to the clothes, as babies have the tendency to swallow the small objects like buttons
- Before buying the toys, check the packet for instructions regarding the recommended age
- If the baby is playing with furry toys, keep an eye on the baby, as there are chances for the baby to bite and swallow the fur
- Toys must not have sharp edges or points
- Toys must not have long threads or ribbons
- If the toys have small parts inside, the babies can pull them out and chew them. So avoid such toys.
- The dummies should not has any thread or ribbons attached to it
- Check the dummies for any wear and tear before you give it to your baby. Replace the old dummies with new one immediately.
- Remember to sterilise the dummies in hot water and soap mixture before giving that to your baby
- Never let the baby alone in the water bath even for 1 minute
- Do not ask the older children to take care of baby in bath tub, as they cant be trust completely.
- Check the temperature of water before you put the baby in bath tub
5. In the House
- Never allow baby to enter near the kitchen area, especially if there is something hot on the kitchen top.
- Install a lockable cupboard to store poisonous materials and other things that are not safe not babies. Eg: Rat poison, Chemicals, etc.
- Try installing locks to the refrigerator
- Do not keep medicines or alcohol out of reach of children
- Do not allow kids to play in garage
- Buy Outlet Plugs and place them in all unused power outlets, so that kids cannot insert anything into those holes
- Install gate near the staircase, to prevent the baby from climbing on the stairs to reach upstairs
- Do not keep anything near the baby that is small enough to swallow. Kids up to 4 years old have the tendency to swallow small objects like buttons, batteries etc. Keep them out of reach of babies and kids.
- When using the highchair, stroller etc. make sure the baby is securely strapped in it
- Never leave the baby alone in change table even for a second.
- Never leave the baby alone with dogs and other pet animals. Pets are allowed to play with babies only if there is proper adult supervision.
- The family members cannot smoke in and around the house, as this will affect the baby also.
- The baby cannot be left under the care of any family member who is under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs as they cannot act properly and quickly in case of any danger to the baby.
- Having smoke detectors can protect the entire family from fire. Install smoke detectors and change the batteries regularly.
6. Outside the House
- Never let the baby play alone outside. Adult supervision is must when the baby is playing outside
- Small kids and babies have the tendency to swallow small stones. So make sure they are not putting any such things on the mouth
- Do not allow kids to play near pools, driveway etc. as they are not safe to them.
- Do not allow babies to play in hot sun. Apply sunscreen if they are going out in hot sun. Always wear hat, shoes and full sleeve clothes and long pants if they want to play outside in sun.
7. Safety at the Cot
- When purchasing the baby cot, make sure it meets the Government standards for the baby cot
- When putting the baby in the cot, the feet should be at the bottom of the cot
- The baby should always sleep on the back, not on the tummy or side
- The mattress must fit properly in the cot.
- Do not keep extra padding or mattresses in the cot
- The cot and the mattresses must be clean
- The bedclothes must be properly tucked in and cannot be kept loose
- Do not keep soft toys, quilts, pillows etc. on the baby cot
- Do not cover the face and head when the baby is sleeping
- Never allow baby to sleep alone in adult cot, as there are chances of falling down
- Never put the baby inside the cot when he grows big enough to climb on the cot, as this may cause injury to the baby if he falls down while climbing on the cot.