Keeping Your Baby Safe
Protecting babies’ skin from the sun is easy:
- Keep baby in the shade where possible – or use umbrellas or tents.
- Apply and reapply sunscreen to your baby’s face and body.
- Keep your baby’s head cool with hats and caps that have neck flaps
- Dress them in bodysuits and t-shirts that deflect the sun, or that have UV protection
- Everyone in your house, including young children should know how to dial 111 in an emergency.
- Don’t leave your baby alone on any surface such as a changing table, kitchen bench or sofa.
- Never leave your baby unattended for even a few seconds when he is in water, he can drown in a few centimetres of water.
- Never carry your baby whilst you are also holding a hot drink.
- Watch for small objects, pieces of leggo, bits from older children’s toys that may be within reach of your baby.
- Keep your baby out of walkers – they have been responsible for many accidents.
- Keep your baby out of direct sunlight in the middle of the day.
- Always buckle your baby into the car seat, not matter how short the journey.
- The safest place is the back seat.
- Never leave your baby unattended in a car; a child left in a car on a warm summer day can rapidly develop heatstroke and could die.
- Never leave matches or anything dangerous in the glove box.
- Second hand car seats need checking in case there has been damage in an accident.
- Seek professional advice regarding upgrading the seat as your child grows.
Explorers on the move
Time to cruise round the house at child level.
- Check for top heavy items like table lamps, bookshelves, chairs that might fall if pulled by your baby.
- Any electrical cords or outlets within reach? Install plastic plug fillers to keep prying fingers out.
- Check there are no electric jug, or iron cords dangling.
- Cords attached to drapes and blinds? Hook them up out of reach of your baby.
- Time to dispense with table cloths and use mats instead.
- Fireguards need to be in place.
- Use safety gates on stairways.
- Fit safety glass in low level glass doors.
- Your bedroom; are there any pills lying around?
In the kitchen
- Cleaning materials, bleach, dishwasher powder – all need to be in a cupboard out of reach.
- Keep sharp objects such as knives and glass out of reach.
- Never leave pots with the handles extending over the edge of the stove.
- Never allow young children to play with matches.
- Medicines should be in a high, locked cupboard.
- Cleaning materials need storing well out of reach.
- Always empty the bath immediately after use.
- Unplug hairdryers in the bathroom.
- If possible have a door handle or latch out of reach of your “cruiser” so that the door can be shut.
- Ensure there is a safe, fenced area away from the drive for outdoor play.
- The swimming pool must fully comply with council fencing requirements.
- In addition to pool fencing, ensure there are no pot plants or other objects a child could use to climb over the fence.
- Always supervise when your child is in a paddling pool. The water should be emptied immediately after use.
- Keep garden tools in a locked shed. Always keep paint cleaners and pesticides in their original containers, never store them in soft drink bottles.
- Take care not to plant poisonous plants.
- Make sure there are no matches left round a barbeque for children to play with.
- Be sunsafe, wear hats, cover up between 11-3pm and apply sunscreen.
- Never leave your baby (or young child) and dog alone together even to answer the door or go to the toilet – take either one of them with you.
- Supervise children at all times when interacting with a dog – especially visiting children.
- Discourage children from disciplining a dog.
- Teach children: not to approach a dog that is eating, sleeping, has puppies or is hurt.
- Teach children: no to hug or kiss dogs, face to face contact is a common cause of bites to the face.
- Teach children: that not all dogs are as friendly as their own dog.
- Teach children: never to tease or annoy dogs – they are not toys!
Out and about
- Never tie a dog leash to the baby’s pram – hold it in your hand.
- Always ask the owner’s permission before patting their dog.
- Keep away from stray dogs.
- Stay as still as a statue if a strange dog approaches – don’t scream and run away or stare a dog in the eyes (dogs will usually sniff you and go away).
[notice]It is recommended that babies should be taken out of car seats at the end of a journey, even if it means waking them. Car seats are important in cars, but shouldn’t be used as household beds.[/notice]