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How do I keep my baby safe in the first year?

Never leave your baby alone, even for a moment, unless they are sleeping in a safe cot. Always stay vigilant to prevent falls and accidents. Make sure you baby proof your home by using baby safety products to create a safe environment. When out, use baby capsules or baby car seats in your vehicle, and ensure your prams and strollers meet safety standards.

What are common safety hazards for babies?

There are many safety hazards for babies, including:

  • Choking hazards: small toys, coins, buttons, etc.
  • Strings and cords: window blinds, electrical cords, etc.
  • Sharp objects: knives, scissors, paperclips, etc.
  • Poisonous substances: cleaning products, medications, plants
  • Unsecured furniture: cupboards, wardrobes and shelves should be properly secured to the wall

Always keep these hazards out of reach from babies. And use baby toys and products that are safe, non-toxic and age appropriate

How to baby proof my house?

There are many things you can do to baby proof the house. These are the critical things you need to do:

  • Block off stairs and dangerous areas with baby gates or fences.
  • Keep hazardous items such as medicine, cleaning products and sharp objects. Install safety locks on cabinets and doors.
  • Cover electrical outlets with power point covers.
  • Use appropriate cots and bassinets for their age.
  • Install baby safety rails if needed.
  • Create a spot that’s safe for your baby to play, whether it’s a playroom or playpen.
  • Use a baby monitor for when they are sleeping or in their play area.
  • Use corner bumpers on the sharp edges of your furniture.
  • Ensure the cords of your window blinds are out of reach for babies.
  • Fence off your swimming pool.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Ensure baby's safety during bath times.

You shouldn't leave your baby unsupervised even after baby proofing the house.

When should I start baby proofing?

You should start baby proofing your house as soon as you bring your baby home. It's important to start early. Accidents can happen even before your baby starts crawling around the house. The sooner you start, the safer your home will be for your baby.

How much does it cost to baby proof my house?

It depends on your house and lifestyle. If you have many furniture, such as tables and drawers, or stairs, it will cost you more. If you have pets at home, you will need to ensure safety for both the pets and baby. There are products to suit every budget. The total cost can be a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

What to do when your baby falls or gets injured?

When a baby falls or is hit by something, first make sure that the baby is okay. If the baby isn't injured, then you can comfort the baby. If the baby doesn't stop crying and seems to be in pain, call or see a doctor.

Check their temperature with a baby thermometer for signs of a fever. Monitor for worrying symptoms such as vomiting, excessive bruising, breathing difficulties, loss or appetite or consciousness, etc. Always consult a professional in this case.

What should I look for when buying baby safety products?

When choosing baby safety products, it is important to consider the specific needs of your baby, home, and lifestyle. It is also essential to select products that are easy to use and install. Finally, choose products that adhere to Australian safety standards. You may ask your friends, family, and paediatrician for recommendations.

Read the instructions carefully when installing safety products. Always follow all directions and only use the items for their intended purposes. Avoid creating and using makeshift products that won't function fully or last a long time.