Baby Room and Bedroom Safety
In the UK, as well as fatalities, over a Million accidents to children result in Hospital A & E visits and over 9 Million in the United States. Many people believe the bedroom is an area where accidents don't tend to happen. Untrue! Follow these top tips and make your child's room safer!
Safety Tips for the Baby Room and Bedroom
- Install approved electric socket safety covers on any sockets in this area
- Windows should remain locked (but the key kept in sight for emergency escape). They should have professionally fitted child proof restraining mechanisms which only allow the window to be opened a small amount but have a latch to allow escape in an emergency.
- Do not allow climbable objects near to windows including the crib/cot.
- Window blinds with cords should be avoided in the child's room since these pose a strangulation hazard. If you absolutely must have them, ensure the cord meets the latest standards with an attachment that prevents a loop forming. Also keep the cords out of reach.
- Never keep nappy sacks in an accessible place to babies. These are known to have caused death by suffocation and choking in a number of cases. Plastic bags also need to be removed.
- Slats between cribs/cots should meet international standards and not allow a small child's head to fit between. This is approximately 6cm or 2.37 inches.
- Lower crib/cot mattress as soon as your child can pull themselves up
- Ensure the crib/cot mattress fits snugly inside the cot with only 1 inch (2.5 cm) maximum around the edges.
- Avoid hanging toys in the crib/cot with cords which pose a strangulation hazard
- Do not have breakable glass objects in the children's room
- Avoid soft objects such as pillows and certain soft toys in the crib/cot (suffocation hazard)
- Never leave hot objects such as hairdryers or hair straighteners plugged in or accessible to children
- Never have medicines, cosmetics or other household detergents (bleach etc.) at a low level accessible to children. Keep these high up preferably in a locked cupboard.
- Do not fall asleep with small children. You could suffocate them.
- Keep children out of the adult bedroom