Baby Safety

Safety in your baby's bedroom

Cots

  • You should see that cot should be deep enough to be safe for your baby, that the bars are the correct distance apart, and that the cot does not have cut-outs or steps.
  • The distance between the top of the mattress and the top of the cot sides should be at least 50cm. Make sure the distance between each bar is no less than 2.5cm and no more than 6.5cm. It should not be possible to fit a some soft cloth between the slats to prevent your baby's head from slipping between the bars.
  • If your cot is old and painted, you may need to strip it and repaint it with lead-free paint. Remove any stickers or transfers that may be in the cot, as they may peel off and become a choking hazard.
  • Cot should be positioned away from direct sunshine, radiators, windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations, and any furniture that can be used to climb out of the cot.
  • Put your baby to sleep on his back, with his feet at the bottom of his cot.
  • When you're not in the room with your baby, always keep the drop side of his cot up and locked.
Toys and Mobile phones
  • When your baby can push up on his hands and knees or crawl, remove mobiles as it emits radiation which can be harmful for your baby and any toys that hang across or dangle from the cot. Your baby could pull himself up on them and may fall out of the cot.
Sweet bed for your baby
  • Mattress should be at least 10cm deep of good quality and firm in touch.
  • When your baby starts pulling up, put the mattress in its lowest position so that baby can't climb out.
  • For safe sleeping, your baby needs a surface that is firm and flat so avoid using pillow.
  • When the cot mattress is at its lowest height and the top rail is below your child's chest, it's time to move him to a bed.

Bathroom Safety

Dangerous items

Check your bathroom for potentially dangerous objects and remove sharp utensils and appliances. Razors, scissors, hair straighteners and hair dryers well out of your child's reach. Do make sure that you keep all medicines, including antacids, iron pills, cosmetics, and mouthwash safely out of reach. Put these things in a locked cupboard immediately after use.

Water Temperature

  • Hot water heaters should be set no higher than 48 degrees Celsius. A lower water temperature helps make bathing safe by reducing the risk of thermal burn as it takes just three seconds for a child to get burnt in hot water.
  • Always run the cold tap first while filling the tub to prevent thermal burn. Test the water with your elbow before putting your child into the bath. The water should be warm, not hot, and feel comfortably warm to your skin.
Non Slip Mat

Place a non-slip mat in the bath to help prevent falls. Bathroom floors can get very slippery. If you can, dry the floor before taking your child out of the bath. Make sure you also dry your child's feet well. This will help prevent her from falling over on slippery tiles.

Don't leave your baby alone

Always stay with your child when your baby is in the bath. Don't leave her, even for a minute even for doorbell or take her with you. Have a cordless phone inside bathroom but away from the reach of your baby. Don't rely on bath seats or bath supports to keep your baby safe while you are out of the room. A bath seat or support does not mean that it is safe to leave your baby unattended. Get everything ready for your baby's bath before taking baby inside the bathroom.

Always empty the bath
Make sure that immediately after having a bath or giving your child a bath. Stay in the room until all of the water has drained away.

General Safety tips

  • Electrical Safety : Electrical sockets in most homes are at baby's height to attract crawling babies and curious toddlers. You may choose to use socket covers anyway to help prevent your child plugging in dangerous appliances, such as hair dryers etc. However, it's safer to keep appliances out of the reach of your child than to rely on socket covers.
  • Pet and baby: Many pets are very tolerant of small children, but it's still important to be aware of the potential dangers to your baby. One has to take precautions to keep your baby safe, especially once he is crawling and walking. Always introduce your pets gently to a new baby. Cats don't usually get jealous, but they are attracted to the warmth of a baby's cot but some will scratch and bite. Dogs always need supervision when babies and children are around.
 
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