Keep baby safe in the home!

Have you childproofed everything in the home now that baby’s crawling everywhere… Are you sure?

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As a parent, you want your growing child to have a thirst for adventure and discovery, so that they can expand their horizons. However, since most of their initial exploratory forays happen in the house, you’ll need to make sure to make your pint-sized wanderer’s space is as safe as possible.

When should you start?

Advises Dr Wendy Sinnathamby, a paediatric specialist at the Raffles Children’s Centre. “Start childproofing your home just before baby starts to become mobile by rolling or crawling.”

          According to Childalert, an online resource for the well-being and safety of children, some 500,000 children below the age of 4 sustain injuries as a result of accidents in the home every year. These range from cuts and burns, falls from windows or balconies, to even tripping over a pile of laundry or toys that had been
left on the floor.

          It pays to be vigilant as danger can lurk anywhere in your house. Follow this checklist to ensure that you’ve covered all the potentially hazardous spots in your house.

Nursery/baby’s room

Change table
The change table might be low for you, but a tumble off it can be severe for a fragile infant. “Never leave babies unattended on raised surfaces,” warns Dr Sinnathamby. If you need to get more diapers or wipes, take your tot with you.

          Is your chest of drawers multitasking as a change table? Make sure it’s bolted to the wall to prevent collapses and put a non-slip mat on top to prevent your mini-me from sliding off.

“Avoid placing chairs or tables near window ledges as these might help your toddler climb onto window ledges.”

Crib
As the one place you should feel comfortable leaving your child on his own, get only the best. If it’s a hand-me-down, ensure it’s not rickety and the parts are in good condition.

          According to the Us Consumer Product Safety Commission, crib slats should not be more than 6cm apart to ensure that your baby doesn’t slip through them. The American Academy Of Pediatrics also discourages the use of bumper pads in cribs as these carry the risk of suffocating, strangling, or trapping babies. Make sure the mattress is at the right height and don’t add any pillows, quilts or stuffed toys as these may lead to overheating or suffocation.

          Always let your baby sleep on his back and cover him with a thin blanket with one side tucked under the mattress. Alternatively, you can put him in a sleep sack. When junior is able to pull himself to a standing position at around 6 months, lower the mattress.

Windows

As the coroner on the case of poor 4-year-old Darien Riley Zabiq who fell from his Yishun flat reminded us all: Install grilles on every window before your active toddler figures out how to climb on a ledge.

          You can also install window latches that will prevent your little one from getting his fingers jammed or pinched. “Avoid placing chairs or tables near window ledges as these might help your toddler climb onto window ledges,” Dr Sinnathamby adds.

Stairs

If your home has stairs, a baby gate is a must. Always remember to pick up all of junior’s toys (get him to help you when he’s older) and store them safely. Nobody wants to slip on a stray ball or bleed from stepping hard on a pointy plastic block.

Read on for what to do in the danger zones at home…