Imagine being let loose in a whole new environment, with a cavalcade of sensory stimuli that you are yet to experience. Then imagine that you have no concept of danger or personal harm. Now you can see why you can never be too careful when baby-proofing your backyard. Therefore, we have compiled some handy tips to help you do just that! Read on to discover how to keep your child safe as the learn and explore the fascinating world around them.
Water is one of the most dangerous features of your backyard. A child can drown in only six centimetres of water, which means that everything from shallow water features to full size pools can be hazardous to your infant.
Cover pools or ponds where possible, a simple pool cover or pond cover is generally effective. If you have a separate pond area in your garden, secure it with a sturdy locked gate. Even with these precautions in place, you should never leave your infant unattended near water, even if just for a moment.
Garden Tools and Implements
Garden tools; great for keeping your backyard neat and tidy, but potentially harmful for your little bundle of energy. There’s a simple way to avoid the dangers associated with garden implements, and that is to invest in a good quality garden shed. Young kids have a knack for getting into seemingly impossible spaces, so if your shed is looking a bit dilapidated, it might be time for a revamp.
The same applies to pesticides and any other chemicals. Always keep these locked away, store them in clearly labelled containers and never use them in your yard before or during your baby arrives.
You just can’t reason with a baby; telling him or her not to venture out by themselves is simply not going to work. For this reason, you need to be extra careful. Make sure all pet doors and flaps that are big enough for your child to fit through are kept locked and secured, and fit childproof safety locks on all windows and doors.
It’s also worth investing in outdoor lighting with built in sensors. These handy devices will come on automatically when they sense movement at night, giving you a useful warning if your baby does manage to get out into the garden by themselves after dark.
- Think like a baby: A baby’s view of the world is a little different from ours, so get down on your hands and knees and identify any nooks and crannies your baby might want to get into.
- Keep emergency numbers near the back door: It is worth writing down a load of emergency numbers and keeping them on a pad near the back door, giving you an easy means of summoning help if something bad happens.
- Be aware the sun: We all know that UV rays in sunlight can damage the skin, but we sometimes overlook its other effects. Strong sun can make your baby’s play slide or another surface dangerously hot; always remember to test the surface with your forearm before allowing your infant to use it.
- Check and double-check your plants: Make sure that the plants in your garden will not harm your baby if ingested, and keep any harmful plants well out of your child’s reach. This requires a bit of research, but it is well worth it.
- The softer the better: Installing a play area in your garden is a great idea; just make sure that it is equipped with soft landing areas for your children, should they fall. These are easy to get hold of and to install.
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Author bio: This article was written by the team at Monsterball Amusements & Hire who can create an amusement park in your backyard equipped with Bouncy Castles, Water Slides, Bubble Soccer, Zorb Balls and more!