10 Child Safety Tips for Babies Aged 3 Months to 3years
Are you worried about the safety of your little ones while you are not with them?
How wonderful is the feeling, when your little bundle of joy, starts crawling, or takes the first step?
The parents, the grandparents, and everyone else in the family, waits for that special moment, and celebrates it.
But this is the age, that is from 3-4 months of the child, to 3-4 years, when the parents must take extra precautions, so that the child is not hurt, when crawling, or taking his/ her first baby steps.
A little carelessness, on the part of the parents, can lead to serious injuries, or even accidents.
Your child is too small to differentiate between the hot and the cold; sharp objects and soft objects; hard surface and soft surface; dangers of height, water, electricity, fire, insects, animals and so on.
They cannot protect themselves on their own. Therefore, although they start little movements on their own, there should be complete and alert supervision, by the parents or other the caretakers of the child.
Safety tips for the toddlers:
1. The baby might put his/ her finger in the electric sockets:
If the electrical switches and the sockets are fitted at a lower place, on the walls of your home, the child might put the finger or touch it.
You should cover these, with plastic switch blockers, available in the electrical shops.
Remove Cloth electric press, heaters, other electrical devices after use, switch them off, and unplug them.
Be alert, about the movements of the child.
2. Be aware, if there are stairs or balcony around:
Crawling and moving on their own feet, is important for proper growth of the children. But there can be stairs inside a room or the room may lead to the balconies.
Always keep the floor clean, and use antiseptic cleaners, before putting the children on the floor.
Be watchful, so that they do not crawl up to the stairs or the balcony.
Do not leave them alone or unattended.
Keep a first aid box ready, with all the necessary pediatric medicines, for smaller injuries, burns or bruises. If however, the injury is serious, rush the child immediately to the pediatrician.
3. Getting hurt by the furniture:
When the child starts crawling, arrange your furniture in such a manner, so that the child gets ample space, to move around.
You can place the sofas and tables etc. alongside the wall, with the entire central area empty, for the child to crawl.
Take care to cover the sharp corners of the furniture. You can cover them with foam pieces and sellotape.
Take special care, if you have furniture, with glass tops.
Furniture guards are also available at the furniture shops.
The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe.
4. The baby may get bitten by some insects or the pets:
Your baby is too young to protect herself/ himself from the home pets or other animals.
There can also be insects, which might come inside the home, from the lawns or gardens.
Keep the home pets, such as dogs, cats, birds etc. clean, because if they are dirty, they might carry infection, and cause diseases to the children.
Get the pets duly vaccinated. If possible, keep them away from your baby.
If some insect bites the child, you can go for specific herbal remedies as first aid, but it’s advisable to take medical advice as well.
5. If the child swallows or eats something wrong:
Sometimes the baby may swallow some medicine, meant for the adults, or some small non-edible or even poisonous objects, coins, seeds, pencil cells, or small wrist watch cells, small magnets, small keys and many such objects.
Sometimes, they may even take a large bite, and it might get stuck in their throat.
In such serious situations, you must consult the pediatrician. Usually, they will do such efforts, so that the child vomits, the non edible thing out.
Be very alert, and remove such objects, from the child's reach. When feeding him, break his food into small bite size pieces. And unless he finishes and swallows the first bite, do not put another bite into his mouth.
6. Getting cuts:
When the baby is learning to walk, he/ she may enter the kitchen as well. They may get hold of knives, scissors or other sharp objects, and before you can make a move, get minor cuts etc.
Try to keep these sharp objects, out of the sight of the babies. If by chance, they do get cuts or wounds, give first aid, and then seek medical help.
If the object is of Iron, the doctor may ask you, to administer tetanus injection, which is very necessary.
Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
~~J. J. Abrams
7. Automatic doors and locks:
Most of the doors in today's homes, have automatic closing doors and locks.
One must be very careful, if you have toddlers at home.
They may close the doors, when they are inside or outside.
Ensure, that you have kept the duplicate keys, at your neighbor's home. So that, in case the door gets locked accidentally, it can be opened without wasting time, or breaking the door lock.
Make sure, you have well functioning door stoppers.
The child may even hurt his/ her fingers by placing them, in between the door and this could be fatal.
8. Slipping in the bathroom:
Taking bath is fun for the small kids. But bathrooms are generally quite wet, and there are chances, that the child might slip, if left unattended.
Do not leave the child alone in the bathroom.
Do not keep the bathtub filled with water.
Do not keep the geyser on.
Keep soaps, shampoo, toilet cleaners and other things carefully, so that the child does not reach them.
Keep the bathroom completely dry, and ensure that there is no leakage etc.
Use non slip bathroom mats.
Even after that, if the child gets hurt, seek proper medical advice.
9. Getting burnt:
Children have the tendency to touch everything, which comes within their reach or even outside.
Avoid sipping your tea or coffee, in close quarters of the child.
When you place the hot milk, or water or food on the dining table, the child might pull it, towards himself/ herself, and get severely burnt.
Burns can also happen due to the electric Iron, heaters, candles, inflammable objects and similar things.
Make sure, to be in attentive and alert, while serving food to the child, so that it is out of the reach of the child. It would be better, if the child is fed first, with complete attention.
10. Take care, if there are two small kids in your family:
Children may hurt each other unknowingly, because both are ignorant about the consequences of their actions.
This might include, putting something in ears or hurting the eyes, or biting or scratching each other.
They may even push each other, which may result in fall and therefore bruises, cuts or other injuries.
Did you know?
With modern lifestyle and busy, working parents, many kids safety gadgets, such as:
'Child locator' , '
Child locks' ,
in home appliances, etc. have come up and are being used by parents extensively.
To Sum Up:
There can be many other precautions, which must be kept in mind.
For example, when you are travelling with your child, in the car, in someone else's home, when some visitors come, in the parks, at the wedding parties or some gatherings, when there is change of season etc.
This is just a small list!
Kids and especially toddlers, discover strange and new ways to keep you on your toes.
And although they keep you completely engaged, in these growing up years, I can tell you by experience, these are the years you are going to miss, when they are grown up.
Very Useful Video On Toddler safety, source: You tube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan