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Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month! Take a little extra time this month to ensure the safety of your baby. If you're a new mom the hundreds of guidelines out there for your baby can quickly become overwhelming! In order to prevent that, we have come up with a few tips in four different areas of your baby's everyday life where safety is necessary. You'll never regret taking a little bit of extra precaution when it comes to safety.

 

Sleeping

Using the crib from your childhood for your own baby can save money and be a special piece of your childhood  But before you get too hooked on the idea of using your old crib or borrowing someone else's make sure it meets all of the current safety guidelines. Check to see that the crib mattress fits snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, your baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib. A few more guidelines to keep in mind are...

  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib.
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8" apart, and none should be loose or missing.

 

For a complete list of Crib Safety Guidelines, click HERE.

 

Eating

Babies love to have anything in their mouths. This can prove to be dangerous when small toys or objects are left around. Choking on these small items can be fatal. If you place your baby on the floor take special notice of the surrounding areas for any small bits or pieces, especially if your little one has learned how to crawl! As for when to begin feeding them solid foods try and follow these Gerber Baby Guidelines...

  • Your baby should be at least 4 months or older (According to pediatricians the longer you wait the better!)
  • Your baby has doubled his birth weight.
  •  Your baby is consuming 32 or more ounces of breastmilk or formula each day.
  • Your baby begins turning his head away when he is full.

 

Water Safety

"An average of about 240 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year. CPSC also has reports of about 110 children under 5 who have drowned in other products in and around the home each year. These products include bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, buckets and other containers." Over half of those deaths occurred because the baby was left unattended. Be mindful of any pools or containers of water you have lying around the home and be sure to dispose of them as soon as possible. While bathing your baby, give them all of your attention. A simple run to answer the phone is all that it takes for something to go wrong. The phone can wait, your baby can't! 

 

Crawling

Once your little one becomes mobile, it's a whole new ballgame! Stairs will be your worst enemy. Some children learn after one tumble, but others have to repeatedly make the same mistakes! Keep gates on your stairs at all times. Install child locks on lower level drawers and cupboards to prevent your child from getting into them and risking their safety. Push chairs in at the table so your child isn't tempted to climb! It is increasingly important once your child can crawl to keep your floors free of small objects. Play pens are great when you need a minute to cook dinner or change the laundry.  Do your best to always keep an eye on your little one. Accidents happen within seconds!

 

 

Resources:

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/safety/a/04_baby_safety.htm

http://www.jpma.org/bsm/2010/index.php?section=safety_tips&content=safety_tips

http://www.stylishandtrendy.com/parenting/child-development/child-starts-crawling-few-safety-tips/