Making your home completely safe for a new baby can feel like an overwhelming task.
Some first-time parents might even wonder if they need to baby-proof their home at all?
Well the answer is yes, a home should be adjusted and furniture changed in anticipation of the arrival of your little ones.
First responders from Tiny Hearts Education Instagram have warned parents about some common furniture mistakes that could prove deadly.
1. Secure furniture
Children like to grab things and climb, which makes large pieces of furniture a major hazard.
Two children can be seen pulling on drawers until they fall on them in the harrowing video shared by the first-aid experts on Instagram.
According to the experts, “all the little ones are perfectly fine in these videos now,” but urge parents to ensure all heavy furniture is securely attached to the walls.
One way to attach furniture to walls is by using brackets called anchor kits. These usually consist of two mounts connected with a strap or cable.
A pack of ten strips can be purchased from Amazon for under £10.
2. Do not put heavy objects on the shelves
You should also avoid placing heavy objects on furniture.
In the same video, a dummy child resembling a real tot climbs onto some drawers that have an unsecured television set on top.
Within a few seconds, the drawers and the TV fall onto the dummy and crush it.
The experts urge parents to mount televisions on the wall.
3. Attach latches to all drawers
At first glance, one might think that the only danger of a drawer is inside. However, drawers and the dressers that contain them pose many risks.
Your child could potentially access dangerous objects, pinch their fingers, or even pull out the entire drawer or freestanding dresser.
Lock your drawers so they are too difficult for your child to open. You can use adjustable security locks or even magnetic locks – both are available on Amazon for under £10.