Children learn new skills quickly. That’s why it’s important to be two steps ahead when thinking about safety. As your child is learning to crawl, you should be preparing your home to be safe for them as though they can already walk.
Get down to your child’s level and look for hazards. For example, try pushing against furniture to see if it’s stable enough to support your child’s weight as they pull themselves up to standing. Some of the most common causes of injury you should look out for are:
• Falls. Example: Is there any furniture that your child could climb on then fall off of?
• Burns/scalds. Example: Is there anything that your child could climb on in the kitchen that would let them reach the stove?
• Poisoning. Example: Are all household cleaners stored and well out of reach?
If an accident does happen, it’s good to be prepared ahead of time. Learn basic first aid for common injuries on the HealthLink BC website.