Bringing your baby home for the first time can be nerve-wracking; a combination of wonder, exhaustion and disbelief that the authorities are leaving you, an unqualified new parent, in charge of this brand new human being. And as they grow, the challenges of looking after your children change, as they develop new skills.
Above all else we want to keep our children and grandchildren safe and happy. But the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) tells us that unintentional injuries in and around the home are a major cause of death and disability among children under five years old in England. Often these can be a result of parents and carers simply not realising what their developing child is capable of.
Some of the most common include burns and scalds, strangulation or falls but there are steps you can take to avoid these accidents happening. Baby safety equipment and gadgets should help minimise risk, and you can read our comprehensive guides to stair gates and baby safety equipment over on Which.co.uk.
But what about your home itself? Again there are steps you can take to help keep babies and children safe. Some areas to think about include: