Child Safety – Babies & Toddlers

Baby Safety In The Home

Babies are born and babies sleep in cribs, need a safe place for their diapers to be changed, and as they grow need activities that help them develop the physical abilities – sight, sound, touch, grip, ‘supported standing’, and so on. We can direct you to good places that offer choice and baby-safe products. Among the product needs that the parents of a baby have are safe travel and transportation solutions. This link will take you to Amazon.com to search forBaby Safety Products’.

Amazon UK: For UK ordering and delivery, Click this link to be taken to Amazon.co.uk

 When we have children, we think of the home as our safe place for them; their safe place. However, it is very common for accidents that result in injuries to occur in the home.

This website is all about doing what we can to minimize accidents and injuries in the home.

To begin with, here is a great resource to help remind you and make you aware of the most common things that cause injuries that result in a visit to an Emergency Room, or even hospitalization. One local resource that should be available to you that we suggest you search out is a Child Home Safety list from your local Children’s Hospital. Different locations have different regulations and emergency planning suggestions appropriate to your local region but, in general, we would expect a Child Home Safety list to include guidance for having both smoke detection alarms and carbon monoxide detection alarms installed along with a reminder to be sure to check the batteries regularly. For more information on smoke detection alarms and carbon monoxide detection alarms check out our page on Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Children come in all types and sizes, and in ages from newborns to teens/youths, and that represents a wide array of different potential risk situations. So, let’s work from youngest to oldest, and, yes, we do want to be sure not to overlook those with disabilities. Feel free to skip ahead if the age of your children is older than a given section or otherwise not relevant to your situation.

Crawler and Toddler Safety In The Home

As a baby gains enough strength to roll itself over from its back to its stomach, watch out because you have a baby that is beginning to travel. The first and among the biggest concerns is the baby that is liable to roll off of the changing table. The changing table is probably at waist height or higher for the parent’s convenience making for a potentially dangerous fall. Thankfully, there are safety solutions that can reduce the risk of a baby falling off of the changing table. As they grow, the baby that is gaining enough strength to crawl is also gaining enough strength to pull themselves up in their crib. As soon as they can grip the vertical bars and pull themselves up, beware. It won’t be long before they will reach the top rail and pull themselves up, and once they get there and develop some leg strength they will be capable of pulling themselves up enough to climb over, but they will not have enough strength to hold on once they are over that top rail. A fall from climbing over the top rail of a crib most often results in a trip to the hospital Emergency Room (ER) as a thorough checkout for concussion is necessary. You’ll notice in the picture above, our baby – toddler or pre-toddler – has managed to hook one leg over the top rail. Think of using a ‘bag style’ sleeping suit bag rather than a sleeping suit that has two legs. Why is this a good idea from a safety perspective? If they can hook a leg over that top rail, or they are not far off from being able to do that, your baby will be able to pull themselves up and over, which then means a head-first dive onto the floor. For safety sake, keep using the ‘bag style’ style of sleep suit for as long as you can. Once the crawler is out of their crib, they’ll be wanting to check out any and every place that catches their attention. They quickly learn how cupboard and cabinet doors and drawers work, but there is a good array of simple-to-install gadgets that can prevent crawlers and toddlers from getting into places they shouldn’t. The cupboard under the sink, both in the kitchen and the bathroom, are favorite targets, and both probably have cleaning items that baby should not be chewing on or swallowing. Crawling under tables and chairs is now a favorite activity but standing up can be very painful when you’re just tall enough to hit your head on the underside of that table or chair. Gates installed in doorways into the kitchen or even a bathroom are a convenient solution to control which areas of your home this young person has access to. Then there are stairs and balconies that present danger for crawlers, toddlers, and small and even bigger children. Gates that adjust to the width of stairways are extremely advisable at the top of a flight of stairs to prevent crawlers and toddlers in particular from taking a nasty tumble. Gates at the bottom of a flight of stairs prevent a crawler or toddler from climbing when unaccompanied. Whether at the top or bottom of the stairs, these gates need to be very securely attached; the spring-loaded type of gate that holds itself in place in a doorway is not advisable for the stairs. Again, among the product needs that the crawler or toddler parents have are safe travel and transportation solutions. This link will take you to Amazon.com to search forCrawler & Toddler Safety Products.

Amazon UK: For UK ordering and delivery, Click this link to be taken to Amazon.co.uk

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* Clicking on a link or on an image that has an active link will take you to a product information page which might also be an ordering page If you have found the information on this website helpful to you, and you are an Amazon shopper, please help support this website by clicking this link to be taken to the Amazon.com website where you can log into your account as normal and whatever you order within 24 hours from logging in, will result in this website receiving a small commission – but we are assured the prices you pay are not affected.

Amazon UK

If you are an Amazon UK customer, click this link to be taken to the Amazon.co.uk website to order for delivery in the UK. Thank you for helping support Safety-At-Home.org.

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Printable Safety Checklists

There are many things that need to be considered for making a home Baby-Safe and Child-safe, both inside the home (indoors) and outside in the back yard or garden (outdoors).  These two printable Safety Checklists are posted on our Safety Tip Checklists page together with discussion notes relating to each of the items on these two Safety Checklists.

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* Clicking on a link or on an image that has an active link will take you to a product information page which might also be an ordering page

If you have found the information on this website helpful to you, and you are an Amazon shopper, please help support this website by clicking this link to be taken to the Amazon.com website where you can log into your account as normal and whatever you order within 24 hours from logging in, will result in this website receiving a small commission – but we are assured the prices you pay are not affected.

Amazon UK

If you are an Amazon UK customer, click this link to be taken to the Amazon.co.uk website to order for delivery in the UK. Thank you for helping support Safety-At-Home.org.

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