It’s so exciting when your little one starts getting more active and taking an interest in the world. But it also means that accidents are waiting to happen! Until you grow eyes in the back of your head, use our handy checklist to tick off safety essentials. You can also download it and print it off – perfect for taking to the supermarket or sticking on the fridge.
- Stair gates – prevent dangerous tumbles
- Cupboard and drawer locks – essential for keeping your tot away from kitchen knives, cleaning products etc
- Corner cushions – you can’t prevent every mishap but it’s worth softening sharp, eye-level coffee table corners
- Smoke detectors – a must-have
- Carbon monoxide detectors – don’t forget to check the batteries
- Door stop – help stop trapped fingers
In the car
- Car seat – children under 12 or under 135 cm must use one
- Rear-view backseat mirror – keep an eye on your tot from the driver’s seat
- Sun blind – babies can burn and overheat even through car windows
In the bathroom
- Bath thermometer – make sure the temperature’s just right
- Non-slip bathmat – prevent slipping in the bath
- Toilet lock – to stop the contents of mum’s handbag ending up in there
Other things to consider
- Bathroom tap locks – many a parent has a ‘flooded bathroom’ story!
- Furniture straps – great for securing heavy items
- Hob guard – extra protection against burns and scalds
- Glass safety film – a smart idea for glass-fronted cabinets
- Fire guard – if you have an open fire or stove, this is essential
- Oven knob covers – anything that turns and twists is fascinating!
- Blind cord shortener – loose cords can be a suffocation risk
- Socket covers – choose from lots of smart designs
Your first aid kit
- Plasters and bandages – for cuts and scrapes
- Antiseptic cream – helps keep cuts clean
- Calamine lotion – brilliant for nettle stings, insect bites and eczema
- Eye wash – a smart idea to have it in the house
One last thing…
- Lots of kisses for bumped heads, cut fingers and scraped knees!
Sensible safety tips
- Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly
- Remember young children can choke on small objects
- Window blind cords are a suffocation risk – shorten or tie them up.
- Make sure little ones can’t reach saucepan handles and hot drinks
- Never leave babies and tots under five alone in the bath