- Never leave your baby alone without being supervised by an adult.
- To prevent falls, ensure that the changing table or any surface you set them on for changing is stable.
- Check the temperature of the bath and never let them splash about all by themselves, even in just a few centimetres of water.
- Make sure that saucepan handles are not sticking out from the cooker, protect the oven door, and keep the iron out of their reach.
- Fit sockets with socket covers and choose extension cords with child safety features.
- Keep all detergents, medicines or anything your child may put in their mouth out of their reach.
- Place detachable safety barriers at the top of stairs or in dangerous areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
- Get all those around you to wash their hands when coming into your home, and don’t forget to wash them again before feeding baby: this will prevent them getting lots of little digestive troubles.
> Outside, your child’s only real protection is your own vigilance:
- Watch out for water, which they will find attractive, whether it’s a swimming pool, the sea or a lake. Do not take your eyes off them.
- Teach them not to put anything they find in their mouth, such as mud or insects. Put good shoes on them which properly support the ankle when you take them for a walk.
- In the street: bear in mind that their field of vision is narrower than yours. They are not aware of danger and will instinctively run after their balloon or a friend. Hold them firmly by the hand, even if they protest.
> Explain to them why is it important to pay attention and why you are preventing them from putting themselves in danger. Allow them to touch certain objects while you watch over them, in order to teach them about danger.
Be patient: always repeat your warnings with the same words and the same gestures, so that they become used to them.