Baby Proof Home

 

Things to do:

  • Install smoke detectors
  • Keep Poisons Hotline Number on fridge Tel. 131 126
  • Remove small objects within baby’s reach
  • Keep electrical cords out of reach
  • Remove or tie up all curtain or blinds cords to keep out of reach of baby
  • Have toys that meet Australian Safety Standards. Check any loose parts, strings and cords
  • Vacuum regularly and pick things up from the floor
  • Ensure all windows and doors are secure
  • Use baby proof gates on stairs and ensure baby cannot fall through banisters
  • Do not have anything under windows that baby could climb on
  • Use baby proof latches on cupboard doors
  • Store medicines on a high shelf out of reach
  • Store plastic bags out of reach
  • Cleaning products to be stored out of reach, high shelf or cupboard with baby proof latch
  • Pan handles turned away from front of cooktop
  • Keep baby away from oven door
  • Remove fridge magnets as they could be a choking hazard
  • Ensure baby cannot climb over any balcony

Living Room

  • Place dummy plugs in all electrical sockets
  • Remove tablecloths as they can be pulled down
  • Remove light weight furniture that baby could pull down e.g. CD racks
  • Fix plastic corner pieces to sharp edges of furniture
  • Move sharp or breakable objects to a higher place
  • Place guard around heater/fireplace

Bathroom

  • Pack medicines, razors, creams in a drawer or cupboard fitted with baby proof latch
  • Shower unit has safety glass or Perspex
  • Use non-slip mat in shower/bath
  • Fit guards to taps to prevent children turning them on
  • Have licenced plumber check temperature of thermostatic valve to avoid scalding
  • Always supervise children in a bath

Garden/Outside

  • Ensure pool has Australian Standard approval fence with child resistant gate
  • Have resuscitation guidelines and information displayed at all times should emergency occur and if CPR is required
  • Check there are no gaps in fences and that side gates are locked
  • Lock garden equipment and pesticides in a secure shed or storage area

Choosing a Car Seat

  • It must comply with the Australian Standard and be marked accordingly
  • Ensure it is the right size for the weight and height of baby and to fit snugly in the back seat
  • Never use a car seat that is older than 6 years or has been in an accident
  • Never use a car seat unless you know its history
  • Never use a car seat in the front seat
  • Once your child has outgrown the car seat, move to the next level of restraint
  • A child is too tall for a booster seat once the level of their eyes is above the level of the back of the booster seat.