Essential Baby Safety Equipment
Here are some simple ways to help keep your baby safe.
Equipment to help keep your baby safe
No home is hazard-proof, but there are some simple ways in which you can help curious babies and children to stay safe.
You can't be on guard every minute of every day, so in this guide we list some baby safety equipment to help you keep your baby safe.
These are no substitute for your care and attention, but should help you and your baby avoid the worst accidents.
Child car seats
Child car seats are essential for baby safety
Required by law, child car seats are essential for keeping your children safe on the go.
A child seat must protect a child in severe front and side crashes when installed correctly. It must have no major weaknesses – for example being difficult to install correctly – that might lead to it not protecting your child properly in a crash.
Child safety gates
We've put a range of stair gates through rigorous tests
Gate and barriers keep children out of kitchens and off stairs where serious injuries can occur.
Installation of a safety gate should be a breeze with logical and straightforward instructions – gates that are tricky to open and close don’t make the grade.
Here you'll find reviews of some of the leading child safety gates.
Stair gates are usually meant only for children up to about two years old, as three- and four-year-olds will probably be capable of opening them.
Smoke alarms are essential safety equipment
Smoke alarms are an essential device for the safety of children (and adults) of all ages.
If you live in a flat or bungalow, one smoke alarm in the hallway should be enough. If your home has more than one floor, however, put one smoke alarm at the bottom of the stairs and one smoke alarm on each upstairs landing.
Test your smoke alarms at least monthly to make sure they are operating correctly and replace the smoke alarm's batteries every year.