Parent Concerns? Costs of baby-proofing? Going overboard? Over protective? What happens when we can’t protect them? Learning to protect themselves! Baby-proofing does not replace supervision!
How Babies See the World One big playroom! Curiosity. Everything is new, a potential toy. Minimal prior knowledge. Most important when child begins moving. Parents need to provide guidance to prevent accidents/injuries.
To Begin: Necessary for some, helpful for all! Emergency Info by the phone Police, fire, ambulance Family physician Poison control Health card number/medical needs Cell phone, emergency contact Keep the house Clean and Organized First-Aid Kit
What can a child ... Tip over Get tangled in (strangulation) Pull down on themselves Fall or trip on Put their fingers in, or get pinched Hit themselves on
Strangulation Tuck up curtains, blinds Roll up chords
Electrical Cover outlets! Move electronics out of reach.
Tip Over, Pull Down Fasten down tall and heavy furniture. Unstable furniture. Make rules about climbing
Trips and Falls Use baby gates at the bottom and top of stairs. Wall mounted gates (vs pressure gates) Pad hard corners. (coffee tables)
Safety Detectives You will be given three rooms to examine. Compare the three rooms. List potential dangers. Rate and rank the rooms. #1 – The Safest #3 – Unsafe What would you add to make the #1 room safer?
Journal Tell a story of an injury or accident you had as a baby/child (or someone you know). Where did it happen? (outside, inside, bathroom) Determine what was unsafe. How could this accident have been prevented? Create a plan of action.