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Baby-proofing

From the day they are born, babies are out to challenge you when it comes to the mischief they can get up to all by themselves. We know there are so many things you will have to prepare for when expecting a baby, so, to make life easier we've created a baby-proofing guide. Simply go from room to room to find baby-proofing tips, as told by real parents.

The Kitchen

  • Purchase cabinet locks
  • Remove pet food and animal toys from reach
  • Turn pan handles inwards so they can’t be grabbed
  • Keep bottles sterile – use hot soapy water and wash each part of a bottle separately
  • Use soft foam covers on corners of tables and other furniture
  • Be wary of tablecloths – if grabbed and pulled everything will come with it

The Bathroom

  • Keep cleaning products and hazardous chemicals locked in a cupboard
  • Keep toilet seat lids closed and locked
  • Buy a bath thermometer and keep an eye on the water’s temperature
  • Place a plastic slip mat in the bottom of your bath

The Hallway

  • Make sure you have working fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Place plastic covers on all exposed plug sockets
  • Stairgates will keep your baby from trying to crawl up and down the stairs as well as keeping safe zones separate from hazardous ones
  • Check all furniture is stable and make sure it cannot be moved or knocked by your baby

The Living Room

  • Keep candles and lighters out of reach
  • Tie up electrical wires to stop them being grabbed or pulled
  • Place cushions or guards under sofas to stop your baby crawling under and getting stuck

The Nursery

  • Blackout blinds will stop the sun disturbing your baby’s sleep
  • Place the crib away from any windows
  • Ensure cot mobiles are safely secured so they won’t fall down
  • Make sure cot bumpers are tied around the back of the cot so they cannot be pulled

Other tips

  • Keeping washing machine and dryer doors closed at all times
  • Place guards in front of fireplaces to prevent your child from going near the flames and dirt
  • Keep your curtain cords tied up high to prevent kids from wrapping cords round their neck, this should be done in all rooms
  • Ensure you follow the manufacturer's guidance for installing a baby's car seat
  • Place plastic plug covers on plug sockets to protect your baby from electricity
  • Prevent your baby from trapping fingers in the door by keeping it open with a door stopper or keep them closed
  • Use radiator covers to stop babies burning themselves
  • Rearrange your furniture to block dangerous things, such as plug sockets or sharp corners

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, pet insurance, car insurance, home insurance, ISAs and Will writing services.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.