I wrote a post around a year ago now on safety products for babies and how essential I though they were (which you can read here if you like). I was and still am torn between the idea of 'better safe than sorry' and the idea that we are wrapping our children up and not letting them experience the world.
I read a little into the idea of the 'Continuum Concept' whilst I was pregnant with Wilf. The idea suggests that we are inbuilt with concept of danger and that being the case babies and young children will be able to resist jumping from a large height for example. I actually found myself agreeing with a lot of the ideas behind this way of thinking and raising children but if I'm honest I'm not sure how much of it can be applied to the western world.
For example the babies being observed in the book are from a South American jungle and whilst they may not be throwing themselves off cliffs or down holes they also don't have sharp corners of coffee tables to contest with.
In our home we have medicines in cupboards and household cleaning products under the sink. Do we want to risk Wilf getting his hands on any of these items? Of course not, so we use a child lock on all dangerous cupboards. As a baby we had stairs gates due to our steep victorian staircase (in fact since removing them two of his little friends pretty much flung themselves down them on one rather weird playdate..proving perhaps that western toddlers do not know about the dangers of height!
We never ended up using reigns although I can certainly see their value and we still child lock our front garden gate as if we didn't I'm sure it would be the day Wilf ran out of the cup-de-sac and onto the busy road.
Child Safety week runs from the 23rd to the 29th of June and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and share advice on how they can be prevented. Throughout the week Betta Living are going to be sharing lots of content on how on child safety in the home. They also have a short survey you can fill out (with the chance of winning some Mothercare vouchers too)
What do you think? Is it always better to be safe than sorry or do we not give children enough freedom these days?
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