Quick Guide for Baby Safety!

Quick Guide for Baby Safety

Quick Guide for Baby Safety

Your baby’s safety is your number one concern. It’s a constant challenge to keep your baby safe and sound. Here’s a Quick Guide for Baby Safety to ease your peace of mind and guide you through the best safety precautions.

Baby Don’t Fall!

Prevent your baby from falling and hurting themselves by taking these preventive steps. Never place your baby unattended anywhere high up and above hard surfaces. If you decide to set your baby down on the counter top, don’t let your baby out of your grasp and keep them in your hands. Do not leave your baby alone anywhere unless it’s in their safety crib or nap area. Your baby can easily roll or fall off of nearly anything, so watch out for your baby and provide a safe environment for him or her to grow.

Baby Safety Precautions

Always keep any kind of hazardous, chemical and dangerous objects away from your baby and locked up. Dangerous items can range from a hairpin, beaded bracelet, scissors, knife, medications and more. It may seem like an obvious one, but don’t ever shake your baby. Shaking your baby can cause brain damage and blindness and it’s nothing you ever want to risk. Never leave any pets alone with your baby. We highly urge moms to stay away from baby walkers; they are not safe for any age. Keep electrical wires out of reach and plug child safety inserts into your outlets. Refrain from using long tablecloths or anything that your baby can pull down. Add stops to your drawers so your baby can’t pull the drawers out.

Feeding Safely

Your baby needs your help eating, so there is no point to leave them unattended with snacks. Your baby can easily choke, so never prop up your baby bottle or leave a bottle with your baby unattended. Avoid high-risk foods for choking like: unpeeled apple slices, chopped-up raw carrots, nuts and candies. When using highchairs, always use the restraining straps for their legs and waste. These straps keep them safe and stop them from sliding out!

Sleepy Time Tips

All infants should be laid down to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Improve your risk of SIDS by having your baby nap with a pacifier. Provide a safe sleeping environment free of suffocating items like: plush blankets, pillows, toys and bumpers. The recommended crib slats are 2 3/8 inches apart or less for the most comfortable and safe headroom. Don’t freeze your baby, keep their room at a moderate temperature and dress them comfortably. Prevent your baby from overheating during the night and have them wear breathable clothes to reduce SIDS.

Car Seat Safety

Only use Federally Approved car seats when traveling anywhere. This is not a risk you ever want to take. Never drive off without making sure that your car seat is correctly installed and in the right position. For the first 2 years of your baby’s life it is safest to have their car seat facing the rear of the vehicle. The best spot for your car seat is in the middle of the back seat of your car.

Safety Car Precautions

Create a routine of placing your belongings in the back seat with your baby. Keep what you need nearby, but create the habit of going to the back seat to get your belongings. This way if you and your baby are ever in an accident it will be automatic routine to check your back seat before leaving your vehicle. Always keep a close eye on car remotes and lock your car doors. Babies love to play with remotes and buttons!

Smoke Alarms Galore!

Keep your baby away from any kind of smoke at all times. Install smoke alarms in every room in your home and change the batteries every 6 months. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and keep one nearby your baby’s room. If your home uses gas make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector too.

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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