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Five life saving tips to consider when handling toddler

Baby Care - By The Mirror | February 7th 2017 at 11:20:00 GMT +0300

Photo: Courtsey

Mingling alongside all the excitement and joy that comes with expecting a baby is a healthy dose of nerves.

With ensuring the baby's safety a primary concern, at some point 'baby-proofing' the home will make its way on to the 'to-do' list of all parents-to-be.

Most mums and dads have a knack of developing eyes in the back of their heads, but there are several hazards around the house which, to an adult's eyes, may not immediately suggest a potential risk.

Kids are curious and sometimes unpredictable, and while common sense is the main thing, Net mums have helpfully compiled their top tips of things to bear in mind - and things to watch out for.

1. Blind cords

Where possible, and while your child is young, these should be locked away.

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Every parent wants to ensure their child's safety

Child deaths and injuries related to blind cords which are easily in reach sadly happen every year.

Research by RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) shows that there have been at least 30 deaths across the UK due to looped cords, since 1999.

Legislation introduced in 2014 forced manufacturers to design blinds with built-in safety devices, though there is chance there are homes which have ones made prior to then.

2. Use the 'feet to foot' position.

Babies can wriggle a lot during the night, and it's not always possible to adjust their position.

Position your baby 'feet to foot'

There is an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) due to overheating or suffocation should their head get covered by their bedding.

The 'feet to foot' position can prevent against this by stopping your baby from wriggling under the cover.

You simply place them so their feet are at the bottom of the cot, bassinet or crib and tuck the covers firmly around them.

3. Watch out for nappy sacks

Despite their flimsy appearance, a nappy sack can easily suffocate a young baby or toddler.

A baby in a nappy

Keep nappy sacks out of reach of even young babies

Precisely because they are so light, even young babies can grab a handful.

Remove them out of harms way and store them away from a baby's cot - or anywhere they may be ale to reach.

4. Babies in bath seats or supports should still be supervised.

Bath chairs and bathing support are designed to make life a little easier for parents, but Net mums still urge parents to always be present and on-hand at bath time.

Ensure everything you need is within reach in the bathroom before you start bathing baby.

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Ensure they're always supervised at bath time

Other things to consider.

Invest in a pack of wall straps which can be attached to secure televisions, bookcases, chest of drawers and any other tall items to the wall.

Always follow the manufacturer instructions to the letter, and if you have bought your cot or crib second-hand, always make sure the user manual is included, or request a new copy from the manufacturer.

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