Safe for crawling

  • Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around looking at your house from a baby's eye view. Even with the best precautions, the most important thing you can do to assure your crawling baby's safety is to keep an eye on him.
  • Check floors for splinters or pins or other sharp objects stuck into floors or carpets.
  • Fit covers over electrical plugs.
  • Keep remote controls on higher places.
  • Fit corner protectors to sharp corners of tables.
  • Check for floor or table lamps that could be pulled over if your baby grabbed the cord.
  • Avoid using a tablecloth on a dining table or coffee table as he may try to use it to pull himself up and drag everything down on top of himself.
  • Remove small objects that could be choking hazards from low shelves. To be on the safe side, consider anything that will fit inside a toilet-paper roll to be a choking hazard.
  • Check that internal glass doors or low windows are made from safety glass.
  • Keep low windows and doors which go onto a balcony locked.
  • Fit and use cupboard and drawer locks, especially on cupboards that contain cleaning products, glass, plastic bags, anything breakable.
  • Fit fridge and freezer locks and, where necessary, window locks and pads to prevent doors slamming.
  • If you cannot baby-proof your entire home, use gates across doorways to restrict your baby to rooms that are safe.
  • Be vigilant about washing machines and tumble dryers. Toddlers can open the door and get in -- and then be unable to get out again.

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