Track your baby’s milestones — Safety

Ensure that your precious bundle’s environment stays hazard-free with our top tips.

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As your baby starts to move around more, you’ll probably need to up your level of babyproofing. So, keep bubba safe with our month-by-month checklist in his first year and beyond.

0 to 6 months

  • So that your newborn’s trip home from the hospital is safe, buckle bubba into a rear-facing car seat. Though you might be tempted to take her out to soothe her when she fusses, she is safest when she’s strapped securely.
  • Make sure your little one has a safe place to sleep by ensuring that her crib mattress is firm and fits snugly into the cot to prevent suffocation
  • While showroom-worthy cribs often have beautiful bumpers and fluffy covers, these are unsafe for your baby. Also, remove all pillows and stuffed animals.
  • Since you’ve spend considerable thought (and money!) on buying baby products, make sure to use them properly. Always buckle your baby into her stroller, bouncer or baby carrier. Never leave your little one unattended on a changing table or in a bath tub, no matter how little water there is.

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6 to 12 months

  • Grabby hands alert! That little baby who used to only be able to “lie there” is now crawling, as well as sitting and pulling himself up. Do keep anything that could burn him or items he could choke on well out of reach.
  • Cover electrical sockets and hide electrical cords and wires behind heavy furniture. Ensure that furniture like tall lamps and cabinets are well tethered to prevent a toppling-over accident when your peewee uses them to pull himself up.
  • Use childproofing equipment like safety gates to keep your mini-explorer from danger zones like staircases and the kitchen, or a baby monitor if you need to be in a different room.
  • Once your baby becomes mobile and starts to crawl, fasten cushioned pads and corners to sharp edges, such as coffee tables and TV consoles. These will minimise bruising if your cherub crashes into them.


Junior’s about to take his first steps so, it’s time to up your “safety” game…read on!