The home is where children grow up, learn valuable life skills, and where they essentially shape their personality. They experience the world around them by seeing different things and touching different things, which helps their minds and bodies develop correctly. The home is also a place where a child should feel very safe and secure, so it’s important you do everything you can to keep your child safe at home. Unfortunately up to 20,000 deaths a year occur because of accidents in the home. This is sometimes due to choking on toys and other objects, or even due to a child wandering out of the door. These accidents can easily be avoided, so read on to keep your little one safe:

Don’t Leave Them Alone By Water

Water can be a hazard to children, so it’s important that you never leave them alone. Drowning can happen in water that is no more than an inch deep, which means that baths, sinks, pools, buckets, and ponds are all a hazard to your little ones. Even if you’re thinking of leaving them alone for a couple of seconds – DON’T. If someone knocks on the door, if the phone rings, whatever could prompt you to leave your baby alone for a second; just don’t do it. Wrap them up in a towel and carry them with you, as it only takes a couple of seconds for them to drown. If you ever leave your baby along with a sitter or a nanny, make sure that they know to do this too. Have fencing around pools and ponds, empty pools when play time is finished, and so on. Take all of the necessary measures to keep them safe!

Keep Cleaners and Chemicals Out Of Children’s Reach

Washing up liquid, deodorant, bleach, and many other household chemicals are all toxic to children. Install guards for your cabinets to make sure they can’t get in, and make sure you keep these products in their original container and not in a container that could make something toxic look like it can be eaten. Even add guards and locks to cabinets that are high up and seemingly out of your child’s reach!

Make Sure Baby’s and Toddler’s Bedrooms Are As Empty As Possible

Suffocation is one of the most common causes of unintentional death. Scarily, 60% of these cases occur where a baby sleeps. A baby’s nose and mouth could become obstructed by pillows, blankets, or toys. Make sure your baby’s cot is as empty as possible, and only use one lightweight blanket tucking the bottom underneath the mattress to create a pocket. The blanket should only come to your baby’s chest!

Safety Outside Of The Home

Safety outside of the home is important too! When going outside of the home with your little one, safe pushchairs and car seats are very important and companies like Koochi a sister company to Cosatto have these kinds of products.

Keeping your child safe is so important, so be sure to implement the above procedures and even go the extra mile by covering unused plug sockets with covers, getting rid of broken wires, and covering sharp corners of cabinets!

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