buyer's guide

everything you need to know about home safety

Babies and toddlers are naturally curious creatures. Create a safe environment for them to explore the world around them and you won’t have to worry as they poke, pry, crawl and climb around the house. Combine a few safety essentials with a healthy measure of common sense to keep your mini adventurer safe and sound.

  • Sound advice – visit Bump, Baby & You for tips and know-how of how to keep baby safe and sound
  • Essential kit – the lowdown on all the safety must-haves
  • Room by room – how to babyproof your home
  • 3 questions to ask - essential reading on monitors and
    stair gates

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your questions about home safety

When should I start thinking about home safety?

Ideally babyproofing should start before the eight month mark when babies can start getting mobile. It’s amazing how quickly crawling babies with adventure on their mind can get into mischief!

What should I consider in each room?

Living Room: anti-slam doorstops will stop little fingers getting trapped, while socket covers keep those same fingers safe from shocks. Corner cushions cover sharp corners of low tables – often a hazard for little adventurers taking their first few steps. Fireguards mean you can still enjoy an open fire, whilst glass safety film is great for glazed doors and French windows. A stabilising kit will make sure your LCD or plasma TV doesn’t get pulled over by your mini explorer.

Kitchen: an oven guard and hob guard are a must to protect toddlers from hot pans and surfaces. Make sure you use the back hob or ring as much as possible, and keep handles turned inwards. Cupboard catches keep breakables and dangerous items out of reach of curious hands, as well as keeping fingers safe from slamming doors.

Bathroom: a non-slip bathmat will keep your water baby safe and sound during bath time. A bath thermometer will give you peace of mind that the water is a comfortable temperature. Keep the loo seat closed with a multi-purpose lock – not only will it stop the lid falling on little fingers, it’ll also stop toddlers falling in.

Nursery: all Kiddicare own-label furniture features drawers with metal safety runners and a wall-mountable safety strap to avoid tipping. For additional peace of mind look out for soft close drawers and hinges.

Anything else I should think about?

Don’t forget your existing safety equipment. Devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers protect the whole family, including your baby, so make sure they’re regularly checked. Keep a first aid kit and book readily to hand, and consider learning first aid techniques. But mostly, don’t panic! Keeping your baby safe is mainly about common sense, and keeping your eyes and ears open.

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safety considerations

Do

  • fit stair gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • keep medicines and cleaning materials out of sight and in a lockable cupboard
  • supervise your baby at all times
  • take a baby’s eye view of your home when checking out how safe it is
  • keep a first aid kit easily to hand

Don't

  • leave little ones unattended on a bed – you never know when they’re going to roll over for the first time
  • overlook your existing home safety, such as smoke alarms
  • place baby seats or bouncers on a raised surface
  • leave a baby or young child alone in the bath
  • wait until they’re already on the move before safety-proofing your home

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