Baby Proof Your Life: Health & Safety for First Time Parents

Everyone wants their chid to be safe. This guide will help you baby proof your home and your life covering key aspects like cars, cots and chemicals. This is especially for all you first time parents out there who are health and safety conscious.

Baby Seat Safety 101

Compact, lightweight and portable are all things to look for when buying a car seat for your child. You don’t want to be straining yourself each time the seat is needed! Safety is another key feature – your child needs to fit comfortably and safely in to the seat.

Key safety features

  • Side impact protection for your baby’s car seat as 1 in 4 collisions are side impacts.
  • Anti-rebound bars reduce how much movement your child makes if they are in a front collision.
  • Harness straps and slots make the harness easily adjustable- for a good fit as your baby grows.

Check out car seat manufacturers’ websites for more information on car seats.

Good Egg Child Car Seat Safety organisation and Rear Facing Toddlers also have some great safety tips and reviews.

Baby proofing inside the home

 

Be sure that you have gone through your house and if possible, any house your child will be staying at with a fine toothcomb. Anything that is reachable may be a hazard! It’s not about wrapping your baby in cotton wool, but about making common sense decisions.

Our advice is just focus on household products, small swallow-able items, and sharp corners.

Specific things to check for with household products:

  • Add a baby safety child lock to all cupboard s with chemicals
  • Read the labels of household items so you know what’s toxic and what’s not
  • Switch to non toxic baby friendly products

 

Safe proof your rooms

  • Pad corners or tables and walls with cushioned tape
  • Cover sockets to prevent curious children getting their hands caught

Goodnight, sleep tight

 

Your job as a parent carries on in to the night. Children are likely to move around their cot or bed whilst asleep so its important to make sure that any potential hazard is thought about.

  • Make sure your baby is sleeping on their back on a firm mattress in their cot
  • Keep the cot clear of soft or fluffy blankets, teddies, pillows etc. or at least out of their reach these can be choke hazard
  • You may want to have the cot in your room,
  • Keep your baby’s head uncovered

Hi I’m Lucy O’Brien and I am a Mother of two who wants to help others protect their greatest assets. Similarly, check out Acorn Health & Safety to protect your second best assets- your employees.

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