Before a baby arrives is the ideal time for parents to prepare to keep the newest member of their family safe and healthy. Fortunately your newborn baby is not nearly as fragile as you might think. However, you should still handle your baby with care to keep them safe and make them to feel secure.
Expectant parents should shop for an infant carrier that will properly fit their child and vehicle properly. An infant carrier is a rear-facing infant seat used from birth up to anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds. They have many that transition to toddler and beyond which is great.
We love holding and cuddling our babies and everyone else does too be sure that it’s done safely. When you hold your newborn baby, make sure to support their head and neck. Although they are stronger than you might think, their neck muscles will remain weak for the first few months of life.
Never shake your newborn baby. Sometimes your baby’s crying may push you to the limit, and you may feel like shaking your baby out of frustration. However, shaking your baby can really damage their brain. If you feel that you want to shake or otherwise hurt your baby, get help immediately from a friend, relative, health professional, or parent hotline.
Since 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that infants be placed to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also called crib death. SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby under 1 year of age.
Even though there is no way to know which babies might die of SIDS, there are some things that you can do to make your baby safer. If your baby is at the age where they can rollover on their own don’t worry because at that point the risk of SIDS is drastically lower.
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for naps. This is the safest sleep position for a healthy baby to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Remove soft, fluffy, and loose bedding and stuffed toys from your baby's sleep area. Make sure you keep all pillows, quilts, stuffed toys, and other soft items away from your baby's sleep area.
- Make sure everyone who cares for your baby knows to place your baby on his or her back to sleep and about the dangers of soft bedding. Talk to child care providers, grandparents, babysitters, and all caregivers about SIDS risk. Remember, every sleep time counts.
- Don't let your baby get too warm during sleep. Keep your baby warm during sleep, but not too warm. Your baby's room should be at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult. Too many layers of clothing or blankets can overheat your baby.
Once your child makes it through the newborn stage and is running around exploring everything in sight as a toddler it’s time to childproof your home! Children explore their world by putting everything in their mouths including electrical cords. Toddlers can open cabinets so the use of cabinet locks, drawer locks and outlet covers is imperative. There’s many to choose from that are easy to install and use. They can also open bottles, so use safety caps on all medicines and household products.
Contact your Poison Help center for more info. Toddlers love to climb and get on top of everything. Be sure to keep anything harmful completely out of reach.
If your child does put something poisonous into his or her mouth, call Poison Help line immediately. Save the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) to your phone. Do not attempt to make your child vomit as that can result in further issues.
Prevent falls by using gates to stairs and dangerous areas. Use corner guards on furniture such as coffee tables and end tables. Remove chairs or anything they can climb on around Windows and remove anything sharp or with rough edges from their playroom. Remember your child does not know what is dangerous yet they just want to explore and have fun!
Toddlers love bath time and playing in water so here's a few tips to keep them safe. Never leave your child alone in or near a bathtub, pail of water, wading or swimming pool, or any other water, even for a moment. Your child can drown in less than 2 inches of water. Knowing how to swim does NOT mean your child is safe near or in water. Stay within an arm’s length of your child around water. Use flotation devices also they are fun and can provide an extra level of safety.
These are just some of the main areas of child safety to look for. Always keep your baby as close as possible. Let them have fun and explore but do all you can to reduce their risk of injury. We hope you found some useful tips and value from this article. Checkout some of our products that can help you keep your beautiful babies safe!