Why does the home need to be babysafe?
Until the age of about four years, most children's accidents happen in their own homes. Babies are particularly vulnerable because they are not yet able to recognize and avoid dangers themselves. Therefore, make your home child-safe to reduce the risk to your baby. Always pay attention to what your child is up to, and intervene if necessary. Targeted tips help you to detect and defuse previously undiscovered dangers.
What does a baby-friendly bed look like?
- Weighing is comfortable and looks romantic. But if the baby can already turn and turn around, they no longer offer enough support. The baby needs a cot.
- A baby spends much of his time in bed. Therefore, the quality of the bed is very important. If you buy the bed second-hand, check the instructions for use to see if all parts are present.
- The cot should be at least 140 inches long and 70 inches wide. It has to be sufficiently stable and secure.
- It must not have sharp edges or corners.
- The distance between the bars should be at least 4.5 and at most 6.5 centimeters, so that the baby can neither pinch nor slip through.
- The distance between the slatted frame in the lowest position and the upper edge of the grid should be at least 60 centimeters, so that the child can not fall out head first when raising the chair for the first time.
- Make sure there are no projections or similar in the area.
- Loose plastic pieces or mattress covers made of plastic do not belong in a crib because they pose a serious choking hazard.
- Under thick duvets and pillows, the child can also suffocate. Babies in their first year do not need a pillow - it even damages the development of the spine. The blanket should be light and not too big. Hit her under the mattress at the foot and cover the child as far as the chest. Better for the blanket is a baby sleeping bag.
- Waterbeds are not for toddlers. They are too soft and carry the risk of suffocation.
- Do not put a hot water bottle to the baby in bed. The child can burn himself.
- Avoid using heating pads and skins - there is a risk of overheating and suffocation.
- Choose a stable changing table.
- The winding area should be at least 55 x 70 centimeters, better still 70 x 80 centimeters in size.
- The side panels must be at least 20 centimeters high (so that the baby does not roll so easily on the side) and padded.
- Best place the changing table in a corner of the room. Thus, falls are prevented at least on two sides by a wall.
- A folding frame must be secured against unintentional folding.
- Do not leave your child alone on the changing table. Even a newborn can have enough strength to kick off and fall off the table.
- Make sure that the care products are out of the reach of the child. Do not put powder on the changing table - the baby can breathe it in and choke on it.
- The baby bath should have a non-slip insert.
- If you use a children's tub with attachment for the large tub: The attachment must be mounted on the large tub so that it does not slip or tip over.
- If you bathe your child in a household bath, put a non-slip mat in it so that the child does not slip.
- Place all necessary utensils (bath towel, sponge, etc.) within easy reach of the carrycot before placing your child in the water.
- The bathwater for the baby should only be body warm, so have a maximum of 36 to 37 ° C (better a little less). If the bathwater is too cool, you should never run over hot water while the baby is in the bath!
- The baby bath should always be filled with water only halfway.
- Keep your child well under the armpits while bathing. Accidental submersion can spoil your child's bathing pleasure for a long time - it can develop fear of water and bathing.