The safety tips for babies and toddlers you need to know

The safety tips for babies and toddlers you need to know

No matter how much experience of life we get, some things are always amazing – like the curiosity of babies and toddlers.

Every generation of curious children somehow finds new dangers in the home. Take a look at our guide to keeping the little ones in your life safe.

No matter how much experience of life we get, some things are always amazing – like the curiosity of babies and toddlers.

Somehow, they keep on finding new and unexpected things in the house to explore and experiment with.

But that means they can uncover new dangers too. Things you thought were perfectly safe or that your own children ignored in the past can become a hazard to the next inquisitive youngster.

That means it always pays to refresh your knowledge about the risks to children that can be hidden around the home, so you can take steps to keep them safe.

Whether you’re child-proofing your house for visiting little ones, or you’re helping your family prepare for a new arrival, take a look at some of the potential risks – and how to fix them.

The kitchen

What’s the risk? Scalding water. From spilled drinks to a kettle getting pulled off the counter, hot water can burn a child’s sensitive skin up to 15 minutes after it’s boiled.

How to fix it: never hold a child and a hot drink at the same time. Invest in a cordless kettle and keep it away from the edge of the counter. When heating pans on the hob, use the rear burners and keep the handles turned away from the front.

What’s the risk? Laundry capsules. We love them because there’s no more fussing around with measuring cups. But babies love them too, and for the wrong reasons – they can mistake the colourful capsules for sweets or toys.

How to fix it: Ariel 3in1 pods* have you covered. The UK’s number one liquitab for tough stains now comes in a family pack that’s even more convenient for you – and has a special child-safe lock.

The living room

What’s the risk? The TV. Today’s TVs are bigger than ever, with a narrower base. So they’re more likely to fall if a toddler tries to clamber up them. And with their size and weight, they’re a real danger.

How to fix it: choosing to mount your TV on the wall with a sturdy fixed bracket is a great way to ensure a perfect viewing position – and to make sure that a curious child can’t bring it crashing down.

What’s the risk? Lamps – with electricity, heat and glass all in one easy-to-pull-over package, it’s no wonder that lamps are a significant safety hazard if you don’t take steps to protect them.

How to fix it: look for lamps with a sturdy base that aren’t easy to knock over, and materials that won’t break easily. Tape the cords down so they can’t be pulled over and place them as far back on the table as you can so they’re out of reach.

The bedroom

What’s the risk? Chests of drawers or wardrobes. To a child’s eye, a chest of drawers might have been designed as a climbing frame. But when they try to clamber up it, they can cause furniture to topple forward onto them.

How to fix it: tall, heavy furniture should be secured to the wall, so that it can’t be pulled over. If the furniture didn’t come with anchor straps, you can buy them separately. Try to also avoid placing heavy items in high places.

What’s the risk? Window-blind cords. They may be a stylish alternative to curtains, but the looped cords on window blinds can entangle and choke a small child.

How to fix it: blinds without a cord are widely available now – install these, especially in children’s bedrooms, so you can all sleep more easily. If you have cords that you can’t remove, keep them short and tie them up, away from the cot.

What unexpected hazards did you spot in your home? Let us know your tips for keeping the grandkids safe in the comments below.

* Like any household product, keep 3in1 pods away from children.

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