New to Bounty?
Making sure your home is a safe haven for your baby should be one of your first tasks as a new parent and with good reason.
The sad truth is that accidental injury is the biggest killer of children aged between one and 14 in Australia today. It's best to childproof your home before your baby begins to crawl and one of the best ways to do this is to set aside a weekend and get on all fours to check out the dangers for your baby's perspective.
Don't think your child will learn to avoid dangerous objects – toddlers and babies are naturally curious and seem to have an uncanny radar for danger.
*Around the home *
Check low level windows or doors have reinforced safety glass or Perspex.
If you have stairs, make sure your child can't fall between the banisters and use a stair gate at the top and the bottom of the steps.
Check there are no small objects within your baby's grasp as most things will end up in your baby's mouth.
Install smoke detectors.
Check the carpets aren't loose so your child can't trip up.
Tie up all blind and curtain cords and keep them well out of your child's reach.
Fix catches and fly screens on the windows, so they cannot be fully opened.
Homes built before 1970 could contain lead paint. This can be a problem if it is chipped or flaking and can potentially cause lead poisoning. If you're at all worried, have a licensed professional remove it or cover it with an approved sealant.
In the lounge room
In the kitchen
In the bathroom
In the garden
A playpen can be useful, but never use one instead of childproofing your home. And as any parent will attest it will only hold your child's attention for a very short time! It's also important to be aware of the dangers when you visit friends and relatives homes, especially if they don't have kids.
Lastly, you may need to protect your home from your baby. Babies are messy and have no regard for cleanliness, common sense or hygiene, so this isn't the time to buy a new sofa or replace carpets!