Batten down the hatches, close the curtains and lock the doors, WHY? Because a Beautiful Bouncing BABY is coming home! Thinking it’s easy and not preparing for this monumental event is crazy - get ready with our top twelve tips!

 

P A R E N T S - rinse and repeat our tips:
P - Prepare and Plan.
A - Action and Awareness.
R- Ready and Rectify.
E - Expect and Execute.
N - Neutralise and Navigate.
T- Tricks and Training.
S -Sanity.

 

Let's go: 

1: Preparation...

...for baby Peter or Pamela’s homecoming is perfectly practical; precautions are not only necessary but lifesaving! Protect your precious bundle by putting yourselves in baby’s shoes. What can you reach, touch, eat, fall over or down, pull on top of you, open or close, put things in, trip over? Get a baby's perspective on life, crawl around the floor on your hands and knees, what can you do? They will certainly do the same, ask friends with children for advice, you won’t believe the things babies and toddlers are capable of.

Preparation...

 

2: Action...

...for baby Alex or Angela’s arrival is an appropriate and positive acknowledgement that your lives are changing forever and the pitter patter of tiny feet will always be a reminder that your baby needs you and their safety is always paramount. Before they can even crawl or roll over babies, are inquisitive and will put things in their mouths, make sure toys and accessories are age appropriate so they can’t choke!

Action...

 

3: Readying...

...your home for baby Roger or Rachel can be as simple as removing temptation and remembering the obvious dangers. Stairs are a real worry, Roger may climb up or Rachel fall down! Put a gate at the top and bottom of your stairs, realise babies will explore and this is a really easy remedy.

Readying...

 

4: Expect...

...baby Eric or Evelyn to explore and eventually enter the DANGER ZONE - the kitchen! This is probably the room with the highest dangers: an expectation of this and executing any solutions can be straight forwards and simple. Put locks on all cabinets, fridges and ovens also make sure any poisonous liquids etc. are up high out of harm’s way.

Expect...

 

5: Neutralise...

...danger: baby Nigel or Natasha will no doubt be having daily baths and spending fun time in the tub! Never leave your newborn alone near water or your toddler to negotiate the bath without you with them. The water should be heat tested before they get in, a non-slip mat or bathing chair should be placed inside the big bath or use a small baby bath to prevent them slipping and going under the water.

Neutralise...

 

6: Tricks...

...Try treating baby Trevor or Tracy to a trusted monitor, they are truly terrific and if used correctly can give you a great deal of peace of mind. The trick is to use them all over the home; the bedroom is the most obvious place, tracking baby sleeping or awake, the downstairs rooms can also be monitored so when you are busy in the kitchen and baby is playing in the playpen you can see what mischief they’re getting up to.

Tricks...

 

7: Sanity...

...Baby Sam or Sheila are starting to stumble and crawl around startling you and the cat/dog when they step on its tail or paws. To protect your sanity, and stop shelves falling down, or units tumbling over, secure them to the wall! Stop the edges of tables causing chaos and injuries by securing bumpers to all sharp edges.

Sanity...

 

8: Plan...

...Scolding sounds serious and it is. Leave a cup of hot coffee or tea on a table and Peter may tip it over, Pamela may scold herself and both may end up with a scar. Place potential dangers up high and well out of reach; prevention is better than cure.

Plan...

 

9: Awareness...

...Always - we stress ALWAYS - be alert, know where your baby is and what activity they are taking part in. Always take action fast, Alex or Angela’s life depends on you!

Awareness...

 

10: Rectify...

...Realise that Roger or Rachel rarely regard doors as dangerous. Use heavy stops against the open doors to prevent them trapping their tiny fingers in hinges if they try to close them.

Rectify...

 

11: Execute...

...While you’re putting locks on things, think about the toilet! Gross, yes, but Eric or Evelyn could potentially put things in or try to take things out!

Execute...

 

12: Navigate...

...Keep baby Nigel or Natasha away from the danger of fires, place a Fire Guard around any fire and it will prove to be a great solution to an obvious danger - getting burnt.

Navigate...

 

Training yourselves to be baby and toddler ready is tantamount to your sanity and success, following “The twelve easy tips for parents” will help keep your bundles of joy safe, secure and surrounded by your love. We said they're easy, but nothing is easy about parenting - sorry!