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Your baby-proof home needs an upgrade now that your little one is more mobile.

You’ll still be using all the socket guards, stair gates and other safety kit you installed before your baby started crawling. But now you have a much more agile and enquiring child to deal with, and you can bet that wherever they shouldn’t go is where they will want to be! And if you want an idea of how many hazards there are in your home, get down on your hands and knees and look at things from their perspective. Scary, right?

At home

  • Anchor floor lamps and secure cords so they can’t be pulled
  • Use safety catches and door stoppers to prevent children getting fingers or hands trapped
  • Cushion sharp corners on tables and cabinets
  • Keep remote controls out of reach
  • Push chairs in up against tables to prevent them being used as a climbing frame
  • Keep the bathroom door shut, loo seat down (and locked) and bath empty
  • Shorten the cords on blinds and curtains so your toddler can’t get tangled in them
  • Move all ornaments and prized books from lower shelves (there’s nothing more enticing to a toddler than eye-level goodies)
  • Cook on the back hobs and add a safety catch to low-level ovens and grills. Turn pan handles away from stray hands
  • Never leave hot drinks or food near the edge of the counter top or table
  • Move plants out of reach – they’re not for eating!
  • Irons, straighteners and curling tongs can burn children up to eight minutes after they’ve been turned off, so be careful

On the road

  • This is the time they will move from a baby seat to a Group 1 toddler seat. These are mostly forward-facing and should, wherever possible, be used on the back seat as this is the safest place for a child to sit.
  • If a child isn’t in the right booster or car seat, they can be injured by the seat belt in a crash. The correct car seat is dependent on your child’s height and weight, not their age, and any child under 150cms or weighing less than 36kg must use a child restraint appropriate for their height and weight.
  • You should avoid buying second-hand seats for your toddler because you may not be able to tell if they’ve been damaged.
  • Make sure your toddler’s car seat is the right one for your model of car, his or her height and weight, and that it’s easy to fit so that you’re not tempted to leave it behind on short journeys (which is when the majority of accidents happen).