Your baby will start to move around after 6 months of age, and will come across many things that could be dangerous. It’s important to start thinking about how to make your home safer for baby. Your baby will put most things into their mouth. When they roll and crawl, they learn by pulling and touching everything. As your baby pulls up to stand and learns to walk, they’ll topple over a lot.
You won’t be able to prevent every bump, scrape, or cut, but some simple safety measures will lower the risk of your baby getting hurt. Babies don’t understand danger, so you need to keep them safe.
Sit on the floor at your baby’s level and look at the dangers around you (such as plugs, toys, heaters, and stairs). Then, to help make your home safe for your baby, use the checklist below.
Fireplaces and heaters are behind a fireguard secured to the wall.
Clothes don’t have ribbons and cords that can strangle your baby if caught on cots, toys, or furniture.
You use snug (close-fitting) night clothes to reduce the risk of clothing catching on fire.
You put safety plugs into power points.
You check toys for small or broken parts.
You use a stair guard.
You keep your hand on the rail when you carry your baby down stairs.
You don’t use a baby walker.
The temperature of your hot water at the tap is no more than 50°–55°C.
Someone 14 years old and over always watches your baby in the bath and around water.
The nappy bucket or buckets of water are up off the floor out of reach, and the nappy bucket has a firm-fitting lid.
You don‘t use a baby bath seat.
You ask for child-resistant tops when you get medicines from the pharmacist.
You keep all medicines, household cleaners, and other poisons out of reach and locked away.
The cot is away from the window and not close to blind or curtain cords that could strangle your baby.
Your baby’s cot has no corner posts or knobs that are more than 8mm above the top of the cot, so that clothes can’t get caught and strangle your baby.
You keep the electric jug and cord well away from your baby.
Your baby is somewhere safe, away from hot liquids, when people around them enjoy a hot drink.
You use table mats rather than a tablecloth.
You keep all medicines, household cleaners and other poisons out of reach and locked away.
Your baby’s car seat is right for their weight and size, is installed correctly, and your baby uses it every time they travel in a vehicle. Keeping your baby in a car seat that allows them to be rear-facing is the safest option for them.
You keep your baby out of the sun from 10am–4pm as much as possible.
When you are outside, you use a suitable sunscreen and sunhat, and keep your baby in the shade.
The outside play area is fenced and away from the driveway and road.
You always use the safety harness in strollers, highchairs, and shopping trolleys.
You can talk to Plunket staff about where to buy safety equipment.