The baby’s first steps are a milestone in its development that are etched in our memory as an exciting moment. As the baby begins to walk, a new stage opens with explorations, discoveries, different challenges … and new dangers.
That is why it is important to take into account certain safety tips for babies who are starting to walk, so that in this new stage everything goes smoothly as far as possible.
Some recommendations are not new, and will in fact continue with us and our children some years more. Mainly it is about adapting our home to the needs of the children and to facilitate a safe transit for them.
Home safety tips
- Walking is not a skill that dominates from day to day. Babies who take their first steps need our accompaniment and supervision for weeks until they learn to get better on their feet.
- The doors and steps are no longer obstacles for them (in fact, they were no longer during the crawl).
- The doors must be secured by closing them if we do not want the baby to enter certain rooms at a moment of carelessness. Safety fences must be placed on the stairs.
- If we use low stools or folding steps to facilitate their small tasks now that they stand up (washing their hands, brushing their teeth), we must be careful.
- Drawers and cabinets are already within your reach. If we do not want to use security locks on cabinets and shelves we will have to make sure there is nothing dangerous inside.
- In relation to the previous point, it must be verified that potentially dangerous objects such as sharp or sharp, wires, cords, scissors, and knives … are not within reach of the child. It is also essential to always remember to keep them in a safe place once we have used them.
- Plastic bags and small objects such as buttons, batteries, marbles or small pieces of toys should not be left in the reach of small children.
- Children can pull tablecloths hanging from tables, throwing on the floor (or, worse, on top of themselves) all the contents.
- Sockets are a source of attraction for babies and children. You have to cover those that are within your reach to avoid accidents, including those on the strips.
- In addition to the sockets, the rest of the heat sources in the home must be controlled: the radiators must be fitted with protectors, stoves not available, cooking utensils and hot meals in places where they cannot be tipped, Avoid matches or lighters…
- The baby should never be left alone in the bathtub or in high places, such as changing tables, beds or changing tables. A hand should be kept on the child at all times to prevent falls.
- The risk of poisoning in the home also increases at this stage. Both in the case of medicines and cleaning products , plants and beverages or products with alcohol it is important do not they are left out of the reach of children, in high cabinets or closed drawers.
- It is recommended that the place where children are more time (where they play …) is a carpet to cushion possible falls, apart from making them more comfortable if they are barefoot on occasion.
- If we leave other people in charge of our children we have to make sure they know all the safety rules to avoid accidents.
- When we visit other homes and enclosed spaces, it is likely that they will not be conditioned and some of the above recommendations will be ignored, so we will have to be attentive to each step of the baby.