Being a parent is challenging on many levels, but even when your child grows into an adult you still worry about their safety. However, the time when a parent is the most preoccupied with their child’s safety is when they’re the youngest and still trying to understand the world around them. This is a period when the child likes to explore and everything is an adventure to them.
It is also a period when parents try to anticipate all the safety hazards inside and outside their home. While for new parents with a first child, this is an especially stressful time, others are also not immune to this issue. Therefore, for all the parents out there, here is essential advice on how to protect your child that will definitely prove useful and ease some of the worries.
- Never talk to strangers
One of the first rules we all learn when we started going outside and socializing as children are never talk to strangers. The child may see it as rude to avoid a person that approached them with a question or a gift since they don’t want to disappoint anyone. But make sure they understand it’s perfectly okay to keep their distance and not converse with persons they don’t know, even if they introduce themselves.
They should avoid getting in an elevator with a stranger and should always stand at an appropriate distance from them. Additionally, they shouldn’t disclose any private information like where they live, with whom and whether there is someone home at the moment. If your child is becoming curious about social media, you should decide what is the best course of action to either limit their access or forbid it altogether.
- Educate your children about safety
You will not be able to spend every waking hour with your child especially when they start going to school, so you should teach them some safety precautions. First of all, explain them a proper way to cross the street and that they should always wait for the “walking sign” to be on. They shouldn’t use their smartphone while crossing the street or walking around cars or be otherwise distracted in any way.
If there is something that they can’t reach because it’s high, they should always call for a grown up to help them and not climb up the counter or chairs. Also, explain to them the dangers of electricity and make sure they understand that certain devices and appliances are off limits for safety reasons. Remember to be understanding and not raise your voice so the child would listen carefully and not be concentrated on your anger.
- Car safety
You will drive your child in your car all the time and that means that certain safety measures need to be respected. From the moment you figure out how to fit a baby capsule in the car to make sure they always have their seatbelt on, you will have to constantly make sure they are safe and protected during the drive. Every baby car seat needs to be pre-approved for use by the appropriate regulatory bodies, so always buy products from trusted manufacturers to ensure the utmost safety of your child.
Never carry an infant in your arms, or have a child seating in your lap during the drive. Use baby car seats for two years and make sure they face the rear and are positioned in the middle of the back seat. When your child is old enough, teach them about car safety and the importance of always having a seatbelt on, even if something falls on the floor and they need it during the drive.
- Childproof your home
Dangers lurk even inside your home and you need to make sure that your child is safe and protected from possible accidents. Childproofing of a home should start even before the baby is born and with a comprehensive list. Begin with sharp edges all around and cover them with corner cushions you can buy at any hardware and baby store. There are also corner guards which you can easily attach to the sharp and pointy edges made from rubber or plastic.
Also, it is very important for your baby’s health to keep your floors and carpets clean, and the best part is that you can do it by your self, that is how you’ll know it’s really clean.
When it comes to electricity, make sure to cover every power outlet in your home. The market is full of products that will make your electrical outlets safe and still fitting perfectly with the décor. Since your child will run, jump and crawl a lot, you should consider installing a fireplace screen and move the floor lamps out of reach.
If you have stairs, then baby gates are perfect solutions to prevent them from climbing up and down. Additionally, hide all electrical cords behind the devices like mounted TV or move it out of reach so your child can’t reach it. Always have play mats in the play area since children like to jump and run which can lead to falls and injuries.
In the end
No matter how much you tried, accidents will happen since your child is curious about the world and wants to learn about it as much as possible. However, with this essential advice, you will be able to protect your child from serious safety hazards that can even be life-threatening.
Sarah Jessica Smith is a young blogger from Sydney. She is in love with life and all the things that can make her daily routine easier. She loves to write about home improvement, lifestyle, and all the small things that make life such a great adventure.
Thanks to Sarah for her guest post.
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