Child Safety: Safe Home for Your Baby

I have written a lot of articles on “how to get pregnant” and I am sure by this time, some might have guessed “how to get pregnant” and SOME OTHERS (pun intended) on “how NOT to get pregnant.” Babies are very inquisitive about everything happening around them; a new sound, a new colour, a new voice, and every thing brings a twinkle to their eyes and they want to know more about it. Before learning how to crawl or walk, a baby would inspect and judge his surroundings by his eyes and feels things by keeping it in his mouth. Once the baby starts to crawl and walk, then, it does become difficult for him/her to keep away from things which he shouldn’t be interested in. My son is now 1-1/2 year old. He is a little tornado who runs around in the home, pulling out things from the cupboard, throwing things in water, and I have to search a lot before I get what I want. But, as my son had begun crawling and walking, I realized that there were many things in my house, which might be potential danger to him and I had to make my house safe for him. It is easier said than done because there are so many things which can cause him harm, a small nail, a harmless plastic cover, a cork, electrical sockets, etc. Is there a reason to get so much worked up and I would say yes, because, every other day, babies are getting injured in mishaps in the very safety of their homes, kids drowning in half bucket of water, falling into borewells, etc. I am going to outline a few tips so that your baby really feels safe where he/she is supposed to be the safest.

1. Drowning.

baby drowning
A number of cases have come up where kids as old as 2 year olds have got drowned in bucketfuls of water in their homes. In the last two to three years, there have been cases of kids drowning in buckets in Asaram Bapu’s ashram school alone. It might be a little bewildering when we think about it, but babies are fascinated by the touch and feel of water. Water is the best toy a baby “thinks” he/she can get. My son is fascinated with our bathroom because there is so much water in there and he gets really agitated why he can’t go alone and play there. If you have a baby who is less than 4 years old, you should be careful with water containers and buckets. Ensure that you always lock the bathroom when it is not in use so that the baby does not sneak in when you are not watching. Never fill even small containers with water because even a little is enough to cause a lot of trouble.
baby drowning bucket

2. Keep swimming pools barricaded.

baby swimming pool
People with swimming pools in their home should get it barricaded until the baby is old enough to understand its dangers. Inflatable baby swimming pools should never be kept aside filled with water.

3. Babyproof electrical sockets.

babyproof electrical sockets
My son is super-interested in electrical outlets and so are all the other kids. My son likes to switch on and switch off lights and put his fingers into the electrical sockets. As soon as we realized that he could get electrocuted if we are not watching, we got all our electrical sockets within his reach taped heavily to make them safe. The other option is to opt for the kind of sockets in which the child cannot put his fingers in.
babyproof sockets
Babyproof sockets

4. Install baby safety gates on stairs.

baby safety stairs gate
When toddlers start to crawl, they find crawling on stairs fascinating; they would also be trying to get up and down the stairs. People living in duplex houses or houses that have stairs should add safety gates such that the baby does not fall down the stairs when he is trying to climb up or climb down. Baby gates is a must for homes with both stairs and babies.

5. Keep the baby away from potential heat and fire sources.

Remember to always keep tea cups, containers with hot liquid, and iron boxes away from the reach of the baby so that the baby does not burn himself.

6. Keep all chemical agents, pesticides, insecticides, and poisonous substances away from the reach of toddlers.

chemical insecticides detergents
One of the first and most important things when a baby comes into the home is to keep all chemicals and harmful and poisonous substances locked. All babies have a tendency to put everything they can get their hands on, into their mouth. If they accidentally chance upon a chemical agent, they will try to put it into their mouth, which can be fatal. So, it is best to keep all chemical agents LOCKED.

7. Keep medicines away from children.

Kids get inquisitive when they see adults gulping down medicines and they want to do the same. It is of utmost importance to not let the kids have a reach to where your or anyone else’s medicines are kept. Blood pressure medicines and diabetes medicines will prove fatal for the child. So, it is better to be safe than be sorry. High doses of vitamins are also dangerous, so even these should be not left anywhere the baby can get them.

8. Keep the washing machine always covered.

baby washing machine
I have seen my son trying to pull a stool and peep into the washing machine. It is important to remember not to fill the washing machine with water when not in use and to keep it covered. Babies can easily fall and get drowned in the washing machine’s water.

9. Keep kids away from passive smoke.

baby passive smoking
Passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking. Babies can develop lung disorders and asthmatic problems if they are continuously exposed to cigarette smoking. It is responsibility of the adults to not let their child get exposed to passive smoking.

10. Provide a healthy hygienic environment to grow and develop.

A baby needs a healthy and hygienic environment to grow normally. Unhygienic environments can deter in which a baby normally develops. It is important to keep the home as well as surroundings clean for not only your baby but all babies.

Thousands of home accidents occur every year involving babies and most of which could have been prevented with a little thought and care, after all babies should feel the safest in their homes.

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84 thoughts on “Child Safety: Safe Home for Your Baby

    1. Thanks Sim :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  1. grrrrrrrrr8888 article jomo…i wud like to add..that we shud babay proof drawers too…specialaallly kitchen cabinets…ansh keeps on removin forks and spoons andwat not frm all the drwaers…yesterday he broke a glass jar vand cut his pinky finger :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

      1. Ya bettr now..i almost fainted wen i saw the blood…wen i pickd him up na…he was not cryin..but then i scolded him then he started tak i didnt notice abt his fingerr….thank god he is so brave…forgot abt the whole thng in minutes and i was :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

        1. Awwwwww…. :(( He didn’t cry coz of finger cut but coz of your scolding!! :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* And tightttt hugs to youuu…..He’ll be fine!!! 🙂 🙂 He is a braveeeeeeee baccha!!! :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier: :soldier:

            1. awwwwww cali and Nav… :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

        2. Fartu….mard ko dard nahin hota……..bravo Ansh :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

            1. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :puchhi:

  2. thanks for the addition fartu….I forgot to add…keep babies away from sharp objects…..oh no….fartu……how is he now….but na fartu…..use ho jao…..he is going to go after kitchen items a lot now :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: everyday in our house, one glass is broken……now tho it is usual for us only….he drinks water and throws the glass on the floor and he wants water in the breakable glass only :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

    1. he is beetttr..he .forgot abt it within minutes…and i knw…ansh haaaaaaaaassssss to go behind the datttiesst thngs…jhadooo( even though i keep it hidden in the kitchen balcony)……pigeon poop in the balcony…grrrr….like he finds the dangerous and dattiest thngs somehow… :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

  3. jomolllllllllll … so nicely writtten …. :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:
    i sent u something on fb .. u got :yelo:

  4. yeah i got…dirty garl….kuch kaane peene ka bhejo :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

  5. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: really a nice article Jomol ji
    wah wah……………… :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

      1. Everything is sooooooooooo pretttyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

        1. Ratiii….me loveeeeeed the bag and sandills…bag luks like can dump eveythng kinds na…me lovvve those.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

        1. :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

          this pucchhi is for the bag – :puchhi: , not for you rati :smug:

  6. Mummmy…………I want the same footwear and bag…………Rati… like me or not :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  7. Jomol the article is excellent. Baby safety gates… never even thought of it.. I’ll need this article in future :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    hihihihi washing machine photee :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

    1. is the best photeeeeeeeeee :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

            1. hawwwwwwwwwwww…. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 i can use it to blackmail him l8r na if he doesnt listen to me :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: strange i cannot thnk of him with a galfriend…it will make me suppa jealous :green:

            2. good idea to blackmail to your child ……..jab wo tumari koi baat na maane tho…………. :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

              1. but Farah i m scared,,,,,,,,,,,,today genration is totally shameless and will proud to show this to their girl frnd and would say……….look look mine was so cute ……………. :secret2: 😆 :lol2:

  8. jomol..very well written…esp the point on leaving children alone in bathtubs…IT is recommended that never attend to any other work ,call,door ring during a bath.Either ignore it or wrap and thake your lil one with you to take the call.
    Another thing would be to have gates installed at the kitchen entrance.(just like the stairs)

  9. Well written article Jomol di 🙂

    You forgot to mention abt keeping them away from make up stuff :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. Hawwwwwwwwwwwwww….how can I forget that….and I experienced that one too :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: thanks Maha……you opened up old wounds……. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

  10. i agree to everything jomol 🙂 if my daughter is silent for more than a few minutes i know she is upto something that she shouldn’t be doing…. :sweat:

  11. Fartu…you just like me….I clicked around 500 or more of Aarohan’s nangu pangu photos from FRONT and BEHIND and have stored them in cds …so when he grows up and does not listen to me and listens to his wife….I will show him these and blackmail :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

  12. Fartu…you also do the same…..only behind wale se kaam nahin chalega…..front wale bhi keencho….bahut saare :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :handshake: :handshake: :handshake: :handshake: :handshake: :handshake:

  13. Jomol ,its a great article :yes: Mai toh tumhare aur tumahare articles ki fan bangayi hoon :))

    I wanted to use this smile :puchhi: for a long time , so this puchhi to Aarohan :puchhi:

  14. Thankssssssssssssss Uzma :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: main bhi aapko bahut like kartu hoon ji :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  15. Also keep Pediatrician, Emergency, Poison Control numbers handy or store in your cell phone….last minute panic can make you forget everything…….keep first aid kit ready with bandages, antiseptic cream, burn creams ready in your kitchen.

  16. one more thing just Avoid keeping heavy objects on rolling kind of tables .. these tables are so unstable that if a kid shakes it heavy object might fall off.. i know of an incident when a kid hit the TV TABLE hard and whole tv fell on the kid and the kid died on spot… :(( :(( :(( so plz plz avoid keeping heavy objects on rolling tables..

    You know what jomol may be that is why in olden days all houses had ” angan ” where kids could play and run safely .. now a days in closed homes risk is so much more 😐

  17. Yeah, Shreya…..well said….I am so scared Shreya…you said correct…heavy objects might cause a lot of harm……thank God for LCDs…. :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble:

  18. jomo…..u r so right about all the things u hv written….my daug was much better..but i reme my nephew..he used to na climb up on the sofas like a monkey and remove light bulbs etc…so u know there is no way to anticipate wht kids do…you can only take precautions and be very very vigil :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  19. Really useful article Jomol. My lil one is 5 mths old and already very naughty. I’ll keep these things in mind. Thanx a bunch.

  20. very useful and well compiled article Jomo!!
    reminded me of my bro- when he was young even he was a big shaitaan
    he ate my naani’s medicines,
    he drank dettol thinking it was cough syrup
    he used to drop water in the entire house and Wen I got back from school most days i used to slip and fall :((
    and once me AND mom were makin laddoos- kaafi time se he was shaant so went to check and badmaash had eaten all the raisins from the laddooos…. hee he ehee

  21. OMG Bee…………..your brother seems like chota chetan….but my son is becoming like that too….I have lost 3 mobiles to jal devta now :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

    1. Bee……………….. :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

  22. I started reading the article witout checking for the name of the person who wrote it… Half way through i was like wow Amazing article, I guessed it would be by jomol n was sure when i saw her name!!!! Jomol thx for this article :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

  23. Thank you so much Maria………I eagerly await for your comment….I always feel the happiest when you say such lovely words for me :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

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