curious fingers:
our guide to baby home safety

From that first day you bring your baby home from the hospital, to the morning your child skips off to school, you want your home to be a safe, warm and comfy place for your little one. As they start to grab, crawl and walk, your baby will be poking, gumming and trying everything in their path (especially if it's edible).

You can't guarantee that your baby won't have little bumps and scrapes from time to time. However, you can protect them from avoidable mishaps with the help of our short room-by-room home safety guide for children.

mothercare home safety guide to keeping children safe

living room

To baby-proof a room, it helps to try and think on the same level as your little one. This means securing any knee-height cupboards and removing any ornaments or table cloths that could be pulled down by inquisitive little fingers. You should also tick off the following from your list, both in your living room and throughout the rest of the house:

  • use socket covers to ward off tiny fingers[1]
  • attach catches to your windows to prevent them being pushed wide open
  • secure loose wires and cords behind furniture and under the carpet
  • use tape to secure rugs and carpets
  • keep all handbags out of reach, just in case they contain liquids or sharp objects
  • attach baby safety gates to the top and bottom of your stairs as your little one starts to crawl[2]


bedroom and nursery

Your baby’s cot should be in the same room as yours during those all-important first six months. You can easily make both your room and their nursery a safe space with the following:


  • keep the cot away from radiators and windows
  • secure any heavy furniture to the wall
  • remove any mobiles from above the cot before your baby learns to stand

kitchen

As your little one grows, they’ll probably start taking more interest in the room where the magic happens: the kitchen. Make sure they are always supervised in this space, but just in case they totter in there on their own:


  • secure electrical cables out of reach
  • use baby-proof locks on cupboards and drawers
  • use an oven guard and a hob guard

bathroom

Babies usually love bath time, what with all of the bubbles and the toys, and the chance to play with their parents. To keep these little moments fun and safe for your baby, there are a couple of small tasks that can help baby-proof your bathroom:

  • always stay with your little one when they’re in the bath
  • fill the bath with cold water first before adding warm water
  • attach a child-proof lock to your toilet
  • lay out a non-slip bath mat
  • tuck your toiletries and cleaning materials on high shelves and away from curious little hands

checklist: other things you need

Finally, adding a few extra bits and bobs to your house can make all the difference. The basics are as follows:


  • smoke detector
  • carbon monoxide detector
  • first-aid kit
  • room thermometer
  • baby monitor
  • sun protection

References


[1]. Baby safety equipment, Baby Centre, February 2014

[2]. Baby and toddler safety, NHS, February 2019