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Safety

Your baby is most at risk of injury from falls as they wriggle and start to roll, so it’s important to check your home is safe. Use the checklists below to make sure your home environment will help keep your baby safe.

Home safety

To ensure your home is safe for baby make sure:

  • toys have no sharp or broken pieces.

  • you get down on the floor at your baby’s level and look for dangers like plugs and heaters.

  • if your baby’s cot is old, it isn’t painted with lead-based paint.

  • your baby’s cot has no broken or missing parts.

  • your baby’s bib is removed before they go to bed.

  • you always keep a hand on your baby while bathing them.

  • you avoid using a support to hold baby in the bath; your hand under baby is best.

  • you put cold water into the bath first.

  • if you have to put your child on a high surface like a bed or changing table, you keep one hand on them the whole time.

Outdoor safety

To keep your baby safe outdoors, make sure that:

  • the car seat your baby uses is suitable for infants and is always installed correctly with baby facing the back of the car.

  • the inside of your car can get extremely hot. Always take baby with you if you leave your car.

  • the harness in your pram/pushchair is used.

  • cats and dogs closely supervised when they are around baby.

Bed safety

There is a lot you can do to keep your baby’s room and bed safe.  Read more about keeping baby safe and warm in bed.

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