Small children love to explore. So doing a checklist of potential dangers in your bedrooms is also a good idea. Make sure to get down to your child’s level in order to see what they see from their height.
- Children find power points fascinating and they love to push things into them, so always make sure to put safety plugs into all your electrical power points.
- Alway make sure your child’s cot is free from toys or pillows as these pose a real danger for suffocation. This is especially important for children below the age of 12 months as they are unable to push or move away from the pillow or toy.
- Always remove bibs or clothes with ribbons or ties before putting your child to bed as these can cause choking if chewed. Dummies with chains or ribbons should also be removed as they could strangle your child while they are sleeping.
- Children love to climb so make sure you don’t place large toys in the cot that can assist your child in climbing out of their cot and falling out.
- Make sure any bookshelves are secured to the wall just in case your child decides to climb up to retrieve a toy on a higher shelf.
- Always make sure anything used for nappy changing is always up high away from children. For instance, nappy rash cream, Panadol, baby bubble bath etc.
It’s always a good idea for your children to be playing close by so you are able to supervise them properly.