After Giving Birth, 10-12 Months
Once your baby is on the move your home will need baby proofing. She will have the ability to find any hazard lurking, so you will require basic safety equipment to prevent any accident or injury. Whilst every home is diferent, below are some good general pointers.
- Fit safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. (We have a safety gate blocking off the kitchen too.)
- Have plug socket covers to stop her putting her fingers in the socket holes.
- Drawers and cupboard doors can be secured with safety clips.
- A fire guard is essential.
- Use corner protectors on sharp edges of furniture.
- Always make sure you strap your baby into high chairs and pushchairs properly.
- Keep pets food and water bowls out of reach.
- Remove small objects from her level to avoid choking.
- Keep cleaning products, medicines and any other dangerous substances in cupboards out of her reach.
- Never use a baby walker at the top of the stairs, near steps and or on uneven surfaces.
- Remember a baby or toddler can drown in even the shallowest amount of water, make sure ponds, water features, paddling pools or anything that has filled with rain water is not accessible to her.
- Keep hot drinks out of reach. Keep pans on the back of the hob and do not leave the flex of a kettle hanging over the edge of the work surface.
- When she can pull herself up, remove the mobile from the cot and adjust the base of the cot accordingly.
- Keep blind cords wound up out of reach.
- Always run cold water into the bath first and never leave babies and toddlers alone in the bathroom. Never leave them unsupervised in the bath.
For more advise on home safety visit the website of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents >>
A first aid box is a must once you have children. You will need a clearly marked box, stored in a place easily accessible to adults. Make sure all child carers know where it is located.
It should contain:
- Plasters in assorted sizes
- Antiseptic wipes
- Triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Sterile dressing
- Ice packs
- Burn treatment
- Disposable gloves
For basic first aid advice, to book a first aid course or to purchase a first aid box:
As your baby gets older you may want for her to interact with other children (and you may want adult conversation!). There are may different types of mother and baby/toddler groups out there, you just need to find one that suits you and your tot.
Music / Play / Movement Groups
These are structured sessions revolving around singing, dancing, gym, instruments and actions.
You can find these at your local leisure centre, swimming pool or gym.
Mums and Baby / Toddler Groups
Traditional groups with toys to play with can usually be found at your local church hall, soft play centre or some of the pub chains who have play areas also offer these. If there is not one in your area you could look at hiring your local church hall and starting your own!
Your local library may hold an under 5's story time session, which involves reading stories and songs and rhymes with actions. These are usually free.