Give your child
a safe start
Having a new baby in the home is a learning experience
for parents. During the first 12 months of its life,
your baby will develop from barely lifting his/her head
to wriggling, rolling, reaching, crawling and pulling
him/herself up to standing. Follow the following safety
tips and create a safer home for your baby:
in the Car Warning! An adults lap is not safe
baby should travel in a car seat from the very first
car ride following birth.
sure you buy a car seat that fits correctly in your
car and follow the manufacturers instructions for
use your child's car seat, even for short trips.
the correct car seat for your child's weight.
leave your baby alone in the car, even for a minute.
Warning! Most accidents at nappy changing time
happen when the baby falls off the changing unit or
Warning! A burn takes a second to occur, but a
lifetime to overcome and can leave permanent scars!!!
can roll off changing tables or beds. Have everything
you need to use close by when changing your baby.
safety gates at stairways and at open doors with steps.
leave your baby alone on any high surface (bed, chair,
high chair, table).
carrying baby, take care that you don't fall.
Warning! Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can
be hazardous for your baby!!!
fill the bath with cold water first and then add hot
water. Test the temperature.
hot drinks well out of reach of grabbing hands. A
cup of tea could scar for life. Therefore don't hold
your baby and a hot drink at the same time.
tablecloths away, they can be pulled. Use place mats
pot handles towards the back of the stove and where
possible use the back plates of your stove.
test the temperature of food and drinks. Be careful
if you heat food in the microwave over, it could be
candles, paraffin stoves and heaters well away from
fires should be properly guarded.
kettle cords out of baby's reach.
Choking/Suffocation Warning! Small children put everything
into their mouths!!!
using an electric blanket for your baby.
cover unused electrical outlets/sockets with safety
appliances unplugged when not in use.
frayed electrical cords and keep cords out of your
stay with your baby at meal times or when eating or
small objects such as buttons, beads, coins, peanuts
and balloons out of reach.
use drawstrings or ribbons that tie tightly around
head or necklines, they can easily pull tight.
bib before baby goes to sleep.
Warning! Most poisoning accidents occur to children
under 5 years. They like to put everything into their
mouths, but they don't know the difference between poisonous
and non-poisonous substances!!!
dangerous items such as medicines, cleaners, bleaches
and paraffin out of baby's reach. Use child safety
latches on cupboards if locks are not available.
dangerous/poisonous substances in child-resistant
packaging if available.
child safety caps on containers with paraffin.
products in their original containers if possible.
dangerous products properly when not in use.
you think your baby has swallowed something poisonous,
phone your Poisons Information Centre if possible.
of poisonous plants in the garden.
Drowning Warning! Small children can
drown in as little as four centimetres of water!!!
leave small children unattended near any of the following:
Walkers Warning! Baby walkers are not always safe
and causes a lot of accidents!!!
leave baby alone in the bath, even if he/she can sit
water from bath/buckets when not in use.
non-slip bath mats to prevent baby from slipping.
all swimming pools, and use a pool net for safety.
Cradles Warning! Accidents happen when a cradle
falls off a raised surface or if baby falls out!!!
walkers let babies move very fast and makes them difficult
are not recommended as babies are injured by falling
and reaching dangerous things such as stoves, plugs
is no evidence that babies would benefit from using
a baby walker.
Prams and High Chairs Warning! Baby can fall out
if not properly secured!!!
put a cradle on a work surface or table, even a small
baby can bounce and the cradle might fall off.
fasten safety straps.
using cradle once baby can sit up or make vigorous
movements or reaches 7 kgs.
sure the pram has brakes that work.
use a harness (safety straps) in high chairs and prams.
sure they do not have sharp edges or finger straps.
leave your baby alone in a pram or high chair.
Warning! Baby can choke on small toys!!!
Warning! Accidents can occur when baby chokes on a piece
of dummy or teat!!!
check safety messages on packaging, e.g. recommended
toys for older children away from younger ones.
remove plastic coverings.
broken toys away and always tidy up all toys.
courtesy of Child Safe www.childsafe.org.za
dummies and teats regularly for holes and tears.
and teethers should not be hung around a baby's neck
on a cord or string, because of the risk of strangulation.
a safe strong dummy that won't come apart.