This article is part of our initiative for Child Safety Week, in which we are bringing you a full week of child safety-related content and special offers on child-safety products. Continue reading to learn about the biggest threats outdoors and how to keep your little one protected.
As the days turn a little warmer and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, chances are you’ll want to spend some fun times with your child outside. Whether you’re chilling in the back garden or popping down to your local park, keeping your child safe and happy is key to having a good time outdoors.
Let’s look at the best ways you can make sure your little one loves being outside…
How can I make sure outdoor playtime is safe?
The two greatest safety risks you’ll encounter outside are sun and water.
First up, you need to protect your little one’s skin from harmful sun rays. If you have a newborn, it’s important to keep their delicate skin protected from the sun while you’re enjoying the garden. The Babymoov Little Babyni Anti-UV Tent will keep them protected from harmful UV rays and also features a pull-down canopy and mosquito net.
Protective clothing and eyewear are also essential for all ages. These JBanz sunglasses offer high-quality Category 3 100% UV protection lens and shatter resistant polycarbonate frames – plus they look pretty cool too! A UV protective playsuit, like this one from Splash About will keep them protected whether they’re in a paddling pool or playing with their toys on the lawn.
It’s a scary fact that most drownings of 2-3 year olds happen in the home and garden. Ponds, water features, paddling pools and even buckets of water all pose a potential risk. Never leave your child unsupervised around water, even for a short period of time.
How can I baby proof my garden?
As well as sun and water, you need to bear other risks in mind when letting your child loose in the garden. Don’t leave garden tools or chemicals lying around, and remember even some plants are poisonous – check out this list from the Royal Horticultural Society for more details on harmful plants.
Once your little one becomes more mobile, your garden could pose further risks. Curious toddlers like to investigate pretty much everything, so take care of uneven slabs, where stumbles could happen.
Make sure your garden is secure too. While you’ve gone to extra lengths to make sure your garden is child-proof, your neighbours may not have. So make sure there is secure fencing all the way around and block any potential escape routes.
Remember, enjoying the garden should be a happy, relaxing time for you and your little one. With the right steps, you’ll be able to enjoy fun in the sun – worry-free.