Keeping your child safe at home is one of the most important concerns for parents.
However, safety requirements change as children get older, so it’s important to make sure your home is safe at all stages of their development.
Parent consultant Kirsty Ketley reveals babies and young children are naturally curious, so it’s important to see things through a child’s eyes.
Eligible Early Childhood Practitioner who shared her tips website, said that in the UK, more than a million children are hospitalized each year due to accidents in the home, with the highest risk being children under the age of 5.
That said, she advises parents to remember that there are risks for all age groups, so regular evaluation as your child grows is key.
Kirsty, who has over 20 years of experience working with families, says: “I am a qualified Childhood and Parenting consultant based in Surrey. Safety is always important.
“It’s important to see things through a child’s eyes when you’re trying to make your home as safe as possible.”
The parenting expert has revealed her checklist to ensure a safe home for children of all ages – from babies to toddlers, young children and teenagers.
Safe for babies
Kirsty reveals that one of the top things on the checklist for keeping babies safe at home is making sure they sleep safely.
“This means putting babies on their backs to sleep, feet on the bottom of the crib/crib, with no toys or loose bedding,” she says.
“For the first six months, it is recommended that babies sleep in the same room as their parents. The Lullaby Trust is a great source for tips on safe sleep. ”
Kirsty also explains that you can keep your kids safe at home by examining how you change.
She reminds parents that babies should not be left unattended on the diaper changing unit, and that it is actually safer to change diapers on the floor.
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Kirsty also reveals safe spots to add to your checklist when your kids are on the go.
“Once a baby moves, a stair gate is a must-have for stairs,” she says.
“They’re a great way to keep babies out of the kitchen or any room where they could get into trouble.”
In the car
Not only around the house but you need to have a checklist to ensure baby’s safety, cars can also be dangerous.
Kirsty advises that it’s best to keep kids rear-facing for as long as possible and that they’re safest in the backseat of the car. If they must sit in the front seat, make sure the airbag is turned off.
Safe for toddlers
For toddlers, Kirsty explains that home safety checklists change and are all about keeping things out of reach.
Out of reach
“Keep medicines, washing tablets, dishwashing tablets and cleaning products out of reach, ideally in a high cabinet so they are out of reach and sight,” she says.
“Also, make sure blind cords are out of reach by moving cribs and other furniture away from windows so toddlers can’t climb in.
“And, make sure the curtains are fastened in a figure eight and fit clear. ”
The parenting expert also reminds parents to add the use of window locks to their checklist as these locks prevent windows from opening more than 12cm.
Ideally, parents should also leave the stove off at the wall.
She says: “This is great if you have a safety checklist in your home so your little one can’t turn on the knobs – toddlers love knobs and buttons!
“Also, for any rug that doesn’t have an anti-slip backing, place anti-slip pads underneath. Toddlers love to run away! ”
It is important to have a safety checklist when you go out and about with your child.
Kirsty advises parents to keep their wits about them in the park and also reminds parents of the important safety point for car seats.
She said one of the most dangerous things can be when a toddler wears a winter coat in a car seat.
This, she said, prevents parents from wearing the belt close enough to their child’s upper body.
“Instead, cover them with a blanket or buy a foot pad, specifically designed for use in cars,” explains Kirsty.
“You also need to be careful in the parks. Check for hazards, such as broken glass, rusted or broken equipment, and hazardous surfaces. ”
Safe for kids
It’s important for older children to learn to be independent, as parent and child expert Kirsty explains, but it’s still wise to have a safety checklist around the house.
She recommends that parents invest in a non-slip mat when bathing, especially if bathing at home is more than the bathtub because this will prevent children from slipping.
Teach valuable lessons
The expert also explains that it’s important for parents to teach their kids to ask before trying to do it themselves.
“Show them how to properly use appliances like microwaves and toasters, with supervision until you are confident they can manage,” she says.
“School-age children understand what danger is, so it’s important to explain why we do or don’t do things around the house to stay safe.”
Car seats and schools
Remember your mental safety checklist in a car as one of the most dangerous things can be an incorrect car seat.
Kirsty says parents should make sure their child has a seat until they reach the required height and weight.
“As children reach school age, there are more safety aspects to consider,” she said.
“Schools are responsible for anything on the school grounds, but parents can teach their children how to safely walk, surf and cycle to school.”
Safe for teenagers
Even when your child becomes a teenager, there are safety points to consider and you should still have a checklist to keep your home safe.
Kirsty advises parents to remind teens not to charge their tablets or phones overnight, especially if they are left in bed, as this is a huge potential fire hazard.
Most teenagers can ‘protect themselves’, but it’s important to remind them of certain safety factors.
“Parents will give them the tools to be more independent,” says Kirsty, “but it’s important to make sure they remember to turn off things like the oven and if their toast gets stuck in the toaster,” says Kirsty. bread, turn off the toaster on the wall. and unplug it before trying to remove the toast.
“Make sure they know who to contact in case of an emergency and have an escape route available in case they have to leave the house during a fire.”
But having a teen also means there are more secure aspects to consider outside of the family.
Kirsty says peer pressure is something to talk about with your child because peer pressure can be dangerous.
She explains that it is important for parents to create an environment of open communication with their children from an early age so that they can walk confidently.
In the car
Parenting experts remind parents that even though their children are adults, it is important that they wear seat belts when in the car.
She suggests parents talk to their children to make sure they understand the law and the implications of not wearing a seat belt.
Kirsty adds that going ‘in the opposite direction’ in the park is a safety aspect to consider for your teens.
“Your kids need to know that they should always tell you if they are approached by a stranger and know how to call for help if they need it,” she said.
“Talk to them about how to say no to drugs or alcohol, and keep your phone and money safe.”
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