Secure Blind Cords
Every year, young children die or are seriously injured by a simple blind cord that has been left hanging down in easy reach. Research by RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) shows that there have been at least 30 deaths across the UK due to looped cords, since 1999. New legislation in 2014 has forced manufacturers to design blinds with built-in safety devices, but if you own ones that were made before then, they could still pose a risk.
Secure TVs to The Wall
There have been tragic and fatal accidents, where toddlers have been crushed to death by toppling furniture. You might think that your furniture seems secure, but it can tip over, often with devastating consequences. Invest in a pack of wall straps which can be attached to secure televisions, bookcases and any other tall items.
Be Wary Of Nappy Sacks
They may seem flimsy, but a nappy sack can easily suffocate a child. Even very young babies can grab a handful, as they are so light. Never EVER store them in reach of your baby and never leave your baby unattended at changing time.
A Bath Seat is Never a Replacement for Parental Supervision
It might seem ok to leave your baby propped up in the bath in a support or chair if you quickly need to grab something, but in reality it can be highly dangerous. Do not think of a bath support as a safety device, rather as an extra pair of hands to help you bathe your baby. Triple check you have everything you need to hand before you start bathing your baby, so you don’t have to leave the room to fetch something.
Remember To Use The ‘Feet to Foot’ Sleeping Position
If a baby’s head gets covered with bedding, they are at an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), as they could easily suffocate or overheat. To prevent your baby wriggling down under the covers, place them in the ‘feet to foot’ position. This means their feet are at the end of the crib, cot or moses basket. Tuck covers in firmly around them or, as another alternative, use an age-appropriate baby sleeping bag.