Keeping a baby or a toddler safe is a big job – but it’s one of your most important roles as a parent. To make keeping your little explorer safe a little easier, there are a wide range of products on the market.
First of all, there’s travel safety equipment. A car seat is one piece of equipment that’s not negotiable, but what about a harness for your busy toddler, or a portable playpen for those times when your child needs to travel somewhere with you?
Keeping a first aid kit with essentials with you at all times is another must – stock it with child safe pain medication, a thermometer, plasters, and whatever other items your doctor recommends.
In the home, there are also plenty of safety items you need to have around. Oven shields are a good idea to keep small hands away from hot pots and pans, and drawer or cabinet locks are a crucial part of kitchen safety. If you light your fire during the winter, consider installing a fire guard to the wall around the fire.
You’ll also want to install safety gates on stairs, or even on doorways to rooms that your child shouldn’t be in unattended, and put covers on sockets to keep your child’s little fingers out of them.
When your child graduates from the baby bath to the big bath, a bath ring or non slip stickers on the bottom of the bath are a must. Another good idea is to install latches higher up on doors. Older toddlers are known to stand on chairs or other objects to reach door handles, so unless they’re locked, don’t assume doors are a barrier!