Top 40 Child Safety Principles All Parents Should Know

Every parent wants their child to grow up in a safe environment so they can become physically and mentally healthy to enjoy the different stages of life. The most formative parts are, of course, infant and toddler stages. During these times, special attention and care should be taken by parents to avoid accidents.

FeedFond has collected nine important child safety principles all parents should know. Scroll down to find out more.

Sleep safety

#40 Make sure a sleeping baby is free of scarves, hats, bibs, pacifiers, toys with strings, and clothes.

#39 Check the distance between the bars in the baby’s crib. Place a can of Coca-Cola—if it fits, that’s the optimum distance between two bars.

#38 Use a hard mattress and fitted bed sheets. Avoid using quilts with lace—these pose a breathing hazard to the sleeping baby.

#37 It’s best for babies to sleep on their back. Since this rule was made official, the incidence of infant mortality decreased by 3x in the Western European countries.

Fall and injury prevention

#36 Secure furniture to prevent anything from tipping and falling over on your child.

#35 Install safety gates within your house, especially at the top and bottom of the stairs.

#34 Place security bars on your windows. However, make sure they have emergency release devices in case of a fire.

#33 Always place a child in a carrier on the floor—never on any higher elevation like a table or a chair. Make sure the child is buckled in when sitting in a high chair or placed in a carrier.

#32 If your child uses a walker to move around the house, make sure they keep away from heating appliances, hanging wires, and stairs.

Suffocation prevention

#31 Make sure the toys your child plays with don’t have any small parts that could be swallowed or be a choking hazard.

#30 Don’t give any children 5 years old or younger any foods that are round-shaped like sliced sausage, nut kernels, hard candies, grapes, and maize.

#29 Keep your child’s playpen, crib, toys, and furniture away from wires and cords.

#28 Try to walk on all fours once in a while to notice the kinds of things your child is likely to pick up and put in their mouth.

#27 Take artificial respiration courses just in case you need to apply CPR in an emergency.

Fire safety

#26 Make sure there’s a smoke alarm in your home.

#25 Your child should never be around a hot stove. Put a protective barrier around the stove, if possible.

#24 Use the back burners to cook and keep your pots so that your child cannot reach them. Also, turn the handles of your pans away from the edge, out of reach.

#23 Unplug irons and hair dryers after use and put them away.

#22 Never cook while holding a child.

#21 Keep matches and lighters out of reach.

Poison prevention

#20 If you think your child has swallowed something dangerous, don’t induce vomiting or wash it down without consulting a doctor first.  

#19 Prevent accidental medication intake by keeping all medicines out of reach.

#18 The cabinets that contain detergents and medicines should be kept locked.

#17 Keep all gadgets containing lithium batteries out of reach—car alarms, clocks, remote controls, flameless candles, laser pointers, flashlights, etc.

#16 Always keep the contact number of your doctor or hospital on your cell phone so you can call for help in case of an emergency.

Waterside safety

#15 After the baby is done bathing, drain the tub immediately. Keep toilet lids, doors to the bathrooms, and laundry rooms closed at all times.

#14 Fence in open water—even water in a bucket or kiddie pool—to prevent your child from falling in.

#13 Parents have the wrong impression that children who know how to swim need no supervision. Statistics show that 47% of children aged 10 – 17 years drowned despite having swimming skills.

#12 Water-related tragedies take just a minute to happen. So, keep your eyes away from your book or cell phone and focus on your child.

“W” sitting position safety rules

#11 Sitting in a “W” position may be comfortable for kids, but it has a lot of health hazards including serious orthopedic problems, delays in the development of postural control and stability, and motor skills.

#10 Don’t let your child get into the habit of sitting in a “W” position. Catch your child before he or she does so.

#9 Ask your child to have a sitting position with their legs straight or both knees bent at one side.

Car safety rules

#8 A child can sit in an adult chair only if their height exceeds 140 cm (4′ 6“) and they weigh at least 32 kg (70.8 lbs). If the child is too big for a portable child seat but still cannot sit in an adult one, you need to use a booster seat (a car seat without a back).

#7 A child’s car seat should be set against the car movement. Before you start the car, try “pinching” a belt, and if a fold forms, tighten it. The car seat itself shouldn’t move more than 2-3 cm.

#6 When using an adult seat, children must wear regular seat belts. The upper part of the belt must pass over the child’s chest and shoulder, and not across the neck, while the lower part should lie on the hips, not across the stomach.

#5 Anything that has the possibility to move during braking—a large gift or food containers—should be kept away from any child on board.

Cycling rules

#4 Always make sure your child is wearing a helmet when biking, roller skating, or playing on a scooter. A helmet is the only protection against any brain injury.

#3 Children’s bikes should have front and rear light sources/reflectors. When cycling, some reflective elements and bright clothes for the children will warn other riders about children being around them.

#2 Always check the gear condition, front and rear wheels, and brakes before your child starts to bike.

#1 Teach your child to maintain eye contact and give hand signals to other pedestrians and drivers while they are biking.

If you have any tips to share on child safety, share in the Comments section below. Don’t forget to read Top 15 Baby Safety Tips That According to Research, Aren’t Actually Safe.

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