Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content

Guide to preventing your baby having falls

2-minute read

Download this guide as a PDF

View text version of infographic

You may be surprised how fast babies can move, wriggle and roll over. Once they learn to crawl, this puts them at risk of falling. Here’s what you can do to keep them safe.

For all babies

Don’t leave your baby unattended on a bed, sofa or changing table.

Don’t put your baby in a bouncing cradle or baby car seat on a table or kitchen worktop as their wriggling could tip it over the edge.

Sit on the floor to change nappies.

Hold on to the handrail when carrying your baby to prevent tripping.

Watch where you’re walking when carrying your baby. It’s easy to trip over something like a toy.

Use a 5-point harness to secure your baby in a highchair.

Babies that can crawl

Baby walkers are dangerous and can cause serious accidents.

Remove cot toys and cot bumpers as a baby can climb on them and may fall out of the cot.

Keep low furniture away from windows.

Fit windows with safety locks to stop babies climbing out. Know where the keys are kept in case of a fire.

Cover gaps between banisters or balcony railings wider than 12.5cm wide.

Fit safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. Ensure they close securely.

Want more like this?

See more guides and infographics from Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: April 2022

Back To Top

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.