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Be Prepared: Checklist To Avoid Everyday Threats to Your Baby’s Safety

Babies have a knack for getting into all sorts of mischief. We’re here to help you make sure their adventures are as safe as they can be. From curious crawlers to fearless climbers, we’re diving into the world of common safety hazards for babies and teaching you the art of baby-proofing.

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • Why baby proofing is important, and what you need to babyproof
  • Common safety hazards for babies
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Why Is Baby-Proofing Important?

You see, babies are like mini explorers. They’re on a mission to uncover the hidden treasures your home holds – and by treasures, I mean anything from colourful buttons to that oh-so-tasty-looking TV remote. That said, baby-proofing is your secret weapon to prevent household accidents. This is especially important since children under the age of five years are in great danger of having an accident at home as reported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

Baby-proofing isn’t just about turning your home into a baby-safe fortress; it’s about giving yourself the peace of mind to go about your day without constantly feeling like a detective trying to predict your baby’s next move.

Common Safety Hazards for Babies

It’s time to channel your inner safety inspector and baby-proof your surroundings. Let’s break down some of the top hazards to watch out for at home according to the NHS.

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  • Electrical outlets: Babies might not be able to pay bills, but they sure are drawn to electrical outlets like moths to a flame. Think of it as playing a never-ending game of “don’t touch that!” with a curious little explorer who’s armed with sticky fingers and a fascination for outlets.
  • Sharp-edged furniture: Babies have a knack for turning cosy living rooms into their personal obstacle courses. Coffee tables, shelves, and other pointy furniture become hazardous zones as your baby learns to navigate the world on two legs (we all remember the wobbly beginning, right?).
  • Stairs: What goes up must come down – and sometimes, it’s your baby taking a tumble. Babies are like tiny explorers with a mission to climb everything in sight. And while we commend their tenacity, a tumble down the stairs isn’t the kind of adventure anyone wants to remember.
  • Dangerous toys: Those innocent-looking playthings can sometimes harbour surprising dangers. Take the infamous jumperoo, for instance. Sure, it might keep them entertained, but it can also be a one-way ticket to bonked heads and tumbles if not used carefully. A way to get around this is getting a Grow with Me development box. They send monthly toys and books that help your little one to develop and learn at each stage of their life. You can be assured they are safe, as all the products are safe for their monthly age.
  • Chokeable objects: Babies are obsessed with finding things that fit perfectly into their mouths. Say goodbye to small objects that could turn into unplanned snacks.
  • Unsecured furniture: Bookshelves, TV stands, and other heavy furniture items can become baby-sized dominoes if not properly secured. Prevent your living room from turning into a jungle gym gone wrong by bolting things down.

Tips For Keeping Your Baby Safe

Now that you know which hazards to look out for, here are some tried-and-test tips to keep your baby safe at home:

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  • Invest in childproof locks: Your little explorer has a knack for opening cabinets and drawers, especially the ones filled with things they shouldn’t get their tiny hands on (we’re looking at you, cleaning supplies).
  • Baby gates: Babies are like tiny escape artists. As soon as they learn to crawl, they’re out to explore uncharted territories. Install baby gates to keep them contained in safe zones, or you might just find them redecorating the living room with a roll of toilet paper (and they won’t even offer to clean it up).
  • Invest in baby-safe toys: Toys should all have a CE safety mark and should NOT be played with if your baby is under the recommended age, without supervision. Investing in a sensory development box like Grow with Me ensures your little one is learning & growing, having the time of their life, AND you have one less thing to worry about!
  • Secure heavy furniture: Babies have a knack for pulling themselves up on everything. Anchor bookshelves and tall furniture to the wall to prevent them from toppling over. Trust us – you don’t want to witness the chaos of a baby bringing down an entire bookshelf.
  • Prepare soft landings: Keep your floors soft and baby-friendly. Thick carpets and soft mats in play areas will ensure that every tumble is a minor inconvenience rather than a major catastrophe. Buy some soft corner covers to protect bangs against sharp edges of furniture!

Remember, while parenthood might be a crash course in chaos management, a little preparation goes a long way. Babyproofing isn’t just about preventing disasters; it’s about creating a nurturing environment where your little one can explore, learn, and grow without bumping into too many “uh-oh” moments. You’ve got this!

Want to Stay Ahead of The Curve?

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Rather than worrying about your little one’s developmental progress after they’re born, leave that to us. Take a look at our Grow with Me development toy boxes. We provide a monthly, research-based, sensory box of educational and useful goodies – all with the aim of developing cognitive & motor skills through play, in 0-24 month olds. This leaves you to focus on spending quality time with your little one!