Any mum coming home from hospital with a newborn baby faces information overload.
Make sure the bath’s not too hot. Likewise, the bottle. Make sure they’re sleeping, but not too much. Keep on top of feeding and don’t let them scratch their own face and by god remember to burp them hourly.
It’s no surprise then that when baby-proofing one’s home, a few everyday items remain accidentally… ‘un-proofed’. And items that were initially out of reach become hazardous as a baby learns to bum-shuffle and crawl.
“In the bathroom, we’re aware of things like keeping chords out of the way when it comes to water and electricity,” says CPR Kids Founder and former paediatric nurse Sarah Hunstead on Mamamia‘s podcast for new parents. “That’s one of the things we know.”
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According to Hunstead, draining the water after bath time is another preventative safety measure most new mums are well and truly on top of.
There are other things, however, that slip through the cracks.