September is Baby Safety Month
There aren’t many things as precious as newborn babies and their safety is surely a top priority for parents. Despite their cuteness, babies can cause stress especially for new parents. There are so many things to remember with babies like baby gates and baby proofing, but making sure babies are healthy and safe should be on top of the list. We’ve compiled some tips to help keep babies safe during Baby Safety Month.
Sleeping. There are a ton of products on the market today that promise to help your baby sleep at night. BE CAREFUL- many of these products have been recalled or have proven not only to not help sleep but can also harm babies. To prevent injuries or something as serious as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) always read the latest information about any products you are considering and make sure they aren’t recalled. It may be best to forgo any of the misleading products and keep your baby safe in the crib without the gimmicks.
Car Safety. From the time you leave the hospital with your newborn you realize how precious that cargo is! Having a federally approved car seat is essential and so is installing it correctly. Always read the safety instructions for your car seat and if you are concerned about installation, there are often programs through a local organization or police department that can assist with correct installation. Remember the back seat is the safest place for all children.
Choking. The scariest times in parents’ lives may be when they suspect their child is choking. Choking is a real danger especially since young children like to put everything in their mouths. Make sure your child is playing with toys that are age-appropriate with no small pieces that can cause choking. Also, keep any chords or strings out of reach of your child to reduce the possibility of strangulation.
Bathing Safety. Bathing a child can be a joyous and bonding time for both parents and baby- but there are several precautions that need to be taken to ensure a safe bath time. Always check that the temperature of the water is OK before submersing your child. It’s best if you can turn down your water heater so there is not a chance that an older child could turn on the hot water and get burned. Never leave your child unattended. Numerous trips are taken to the emergency room every year due to bathing-related injuries. Let the phone ring or don’t answer the door if it means leaving your baby unattended in the bath.
Keeping babies safe can be overwhelming for even the most experienced parents. Keep these tips in mind and if you have any questions or concerns of what is appropriate for your child’s age turn to a trusted resource to help get your questions answered.