26 September 2016

We have teamed up with some parent bloggers who share their own experiences of being a parent and Al, from Dad's Network  shares his own safety tips for babies or young children. 

As a teenager and young adult, health & safety were 2 meaningless words. I would rarely give risk or safety a second thought. I remember some of the careless activities I tempted fate with but I am here still, fit and healthy to tell the tale.

But since becoming a dad, things have changed! Having a baby heightens all your sense to the lurking dangers. Not just when out and about but I mean, if you just simply get down to a baby’s level, you’ll see the world and its dangers in a whole new light:

There are so many dangers in a round the house and until accidents happen, you might not see what’s out there. So we’ve teamed up with Legal & General to bring you 7 safety hacks for babies in and around the home.

1. Locking medicines away



 
This may sound obvious, but the medicine cupboard, since having Ted, has expanded somewhat and is now overflowing. I’ve seen recently a fab new product that is essentially a child proof lock box to keep all the medicines in. On top of being ultra safe, it also has a timer and alarm on the front that tells you when it’s safe to give the next dose of medicine should they need it.


 

 
These kinds of products should be made readily available and heavily promoted for all parents to see. It’s so important to keep medicines out of there tiny grasp. 
 


2. Stair Gates



 
Obviously the stairs in any house provide a big hazard. A stair gate at the top and bottom are really important. Ted is pretty nimble now and can get up and down the stairs safely, but they’re still useful to keep him in 1 part of the house too! 
 


3. Baby Fist Aid Classes


 
 
If you asked yourself what you’d do if your baby started choking, and you’re anything like me, you’d draw a blank. I can just about manage plasters! But there are baby first aid courses out there that are so worth doing. Learning simple tips could be life saving.


 
 
And there are loads of classes around. Check out The British Red Cross for starters but you could also ask at your local NCT group or NHS antenatal classes.


4. Never leave water in the bath


 
Sounds daft, but it’s so easy to jump out the bath and walk off. A toddler, especially one who enjoys climbing as much as Ted, could climb over the side and fall in quite easily.




 
It takes just a matter of minutes and as little as 2 inches for a baby or toddler to drown in the bath. Just not worth the risk. 
 


5. Window Seats



 
We have a chair in the corner of Ted’s nursery and one day I’d come in to find that he’d shunted it along to be up against the window. He’d clambered on top to have a look at the lorry unloading over the road. Luckily, the window wasn’t open, but if it had been, it could have been terrible.


 

 
Remove anything that could be used as a ladder from near the windows. Simple. 
 


6. Blind Cords



 
Another simple thing that I would never have thought of it weren’t for my wife. And that’s to make sure than any cords that dangle from a blind, should either be tied up or have a quick release mechanism.




 
Toddlers could grab hold and swing causing an accident, or even worse get the cord caught up around their neck. 
 


7. Sharp Edges



 
Ted charges round at 100mph for approximately 10 hours a day. Before long one of the many corners in the house is going to make contact with him. When that happens, I would rather it be a soft corner made out of rubber than a sharp wooden one. You can get rubber corners that you add on to coffee tables, TV stands etc etc. 
 

 


When it comes to my own personal safety, I’m having to undo an entire childhood of a ‘couldn’t give monkey’s’ mentality, but when Ted’s safety is concerned, I take it very seriously. The thought of Ted being hurt in any way just isn’t worth thinking about. And I’m much more of a ‘prevent,’ rather than ‘cure’ kind of guy! 

I hope that teaming up with Legal & General to bring you these safety tips for around the home is useful.

Please note that the information provided is not intended to be a recommendation. It is for general information but where required or depending on your personal circumstances you should always seek professional guidance.