12 Baby Safety Tips: Car, Sleeping, changing
Your little one has finally grown up to be able to move his/her legs or have started to crawl. I can imagine your happiness: seeing your baby growing rapidly in front of your very own eyes is something unparalleled, but this phase of joy brings with it a hint of danger as well. Your baby needs proper care and safety now.
Safety for babies is every parent’s priority. No matter where your baby is, you need to keep an eye on him/her to make sure s/he is not doing something that can land him/her, and obviously you, in trouble. After all, as a parent, you never want to see your child getting hurt in any way. So today I’ll discuss some baby safety tips for you to follow round the clock.
Baby Car Safety
You are out to enjoy a holiday with your family or maybe it’s just a family day out. Whatever the case, you are bound to take your baby with you, and his/her safety should be your priority. Below I’ll discuss a few car safety tips for babies.
Use Car Safety Seats
Whenever you drive to a place and your baby is with you, remember to ALWAYS use car safety seats. It has been estimated that the leading cause of deaths in children is unintentional injury during car crashes. To ensure your child’s safety, never put him/her in your lap while driving but in a rear-facing safety seat which should be placed in the middle of the back seat for maximum protection. Also, never put your baby in the front passenger seat especially if it has an air bag.
Carefully Read Instruction Manual
All car safety seats come with an instruction manual. Your job? Read it carefully to ensure the seat has been installed properly and will not cause any trouble for you and your child. The manual also contains instructions on the use of harness slots and straps and the correct places on your baby’s body to put them. Take advantage!
Don’t Leave the Child Alone
In case you have to go shopping or buying grocery, and there is no one at home to take care of the child making it an absolute necessity to take him/her with you, be extra vigilant! It is a bad idea to leave your baby alone in the car. You never know how much time you are going to take to get your work done, and anything can happen in your absence. Get a baby pram and take your baby wherever you go. Better safe than sorry, right?
Keep the Car and Trunks Locked
Yes! Keep them under lock and key even if the car is parked in your garage. Toddlers have often been seen finding their way to a car or its trunk without their parents aware. Results? Serious, unforeseen and undesirable accidents. Children can get themselves locked in the car which may lead to them dying of heat stroke as temperature in a locked car can reach deadly levels in a matter of minutes. Keep an eye on everything!
Baby Sleeping Safety
A sleeping baby looks adorable, don’t you think? But even that peaceful slumber can prove to be a fatal hazard for your infant. You may wonder how it is possible, but it is! One mistake on your part and the consequences can be irreparable. Read on for sleeping safety tips for your babies.
Put the Babies on their Backs
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS, always put your baby down on his/her back for sleeping, not on their stomachs or sides as found, and recommended, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although the exact reason of this finding is unknown, it may be suggested that babies sleeping on their stomachs may not get the required amount of oxygen or remove the required amount of carbon dioxide as they “re-breathe” the air around their nose leading to instant death.
Avoid Soft Bedding
Although you may think soft and loose bedding (blankets, pillows, cushions, couches etc.) is more comfortable for your baby, it is a lot more dangerous since it has more chances of suffocating the child. Babies toss in their sleep and it is possible one of these objects ends up covering their mouths and noses. Infants are too young to understand danger and wake up or alert their parents. Thus, there is an increased risk of SIDS.
Give them a Pacifier
Pacifiers are great help when it comes to soothing a fussy baby, but that’s not the only thing they do. A recent study has revealed that pacifiers help reduce the risk of SIDS, though how this risk is reduced and what part pacifiers play in this regard still remains poorly understood. Some experts suggest that the act of sucking may recover the developmental deficiencies in the babies which are responsible for SIDS. However, according to Li, it is much simpler. “The bulky handle sticks out,” he notes. “If you have the bulky handle, even if the baby wants to bury [its] face in soft bedding, [it] can’t.”
Check the Room Temperature
Before putting your baby down to sleep, check the room temperature to ensure it is moderate. Newborns are hypersensitive to heat and if the room is too hot for them, they can suffocate during sleep. Checking the baby’s clothes is also suggested. You may think your baby is feeling cold and try to wrap him in multiple layers of clothing but it can be a huge mistake on your part. Normally, infants need only one extra layer of clothing than us to stay warm. Don’t overdo it!
Baby Changing Safety
Changing a baby’s diaper may seem like an easy task but it can also prove to be problematic for you and perilous for your baby. You need to exercise care when changing your baby’s nappy. Here are a few tips.
Never Leave them Unattended
Your baby needs a change of diaper and you are all set to begin, but wait! Where are the baby wipes? Still in the cupboard maybe, or did you forget them in the kitchen? Better to check. That’s when you make the biggest mistake of leaving your child unattended. As I’ve mentioned earlier, anything can happen in your absence: the baby might fall or put something in his/her mouth leading to serious consequences. Be fully prepared before changing the baby’s diaper. Double-check to ensure you have everything you need close at hand so that there is absolutely no way you have to leave your child alone.
Keep Nappy Sacks out of their Reach
It’s time to change the baby’s nappy and you are all prepared. But care needs to be taken in this situation: make sure empty nappy sacks and spare nappies are out of the reach of their tiny yet active and restless hands. At such tender age, babies are hyperactive and grab everything that comes within their reach. What is worse is that they put everything in their mouths. Similarly, if the baby grabs hold of nappy sacks—which is quite easy due to their soft and flimsy texture—s/he will definitely put it in his/her mouth which may cause suffocation. Beware!
Clear the Changing Area
Nappy sacks aren’t the only things that need to be kept out of the children’s reach. Baby wipes, nappy rash creams, baby powders, dirty diapers… there is a lot you don’t want your baby to touch because it is eventually going to find its way in his/her mouth. You definitely don’t want that, now do you? So remember to clear the changing area of every loose object before you proceed to change your baby’s diaper.
Keep a Hold on your Baby
If you are changing your baby on a high surface, always put one hand on him/her to prevent them from falling. Even if the changing table has a safety belt, do not rely on it completely: babies are hyperactive and can easily slip through the safety of these belts. Keep an eye and one hand on your baby ALL THE TIME!
A Final Word
The things mentioned above are, by no means, everything you have to do to ensure your child’s safety; there’s A LOT more. Remember, your baby’s safety is important and no one can tell you what to do and what not to do. You are the only one who gets to decide how to keep your baby safe, no matter what it takes.
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