National Baby Safety Month | Baby Safety Tips
September is National Baby Safety Month, which makes it a great moment to familiarize yourself with baby safety information. In honor of this national observance we have put together a list of baby safety tips and surprising home hazards for new parents. We hope that after reading our blog, you can walk away feeling a bit more confident and prepared while caring for your new baby.
Parenting can be overwhelming and stressful, especially for new parents. There is a plethora of advice thrown at you, yet it is common to feel ill-prepared and nervous bringing a baby home. There are so many fears that many first time (and second and third!) parents feel. While we know you will do your very best to keep your new baby away from harm, it’s never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with a few safety tips and advice on keeping your little bundle of joy safe. Just keep in mind it is totally normal to feel overwhelmed and under prepared. Parenting is a continual learning process. Just remember, you are doing a great job, and it is ok to reach out and ask for help or advice.
Baby Safety Tips
Product Safety - Before adding those coveted items to your baby registry, make sure the products are age appropriate and safe for your baby. Always familiarize yourself with the instructions and warning labels. Using toys correctly, as outlined in the manufacturers documentation of said products, is very important for the safety of your baby. Remember to discontinue the use of the product once your baby outgrows the age specified on the packaging or instruction manual.
Baby Proofing - While there are the obvious home hazards such as sharp objects, electrical cords and medicine cabinets, keep in mind there are always hazards that do not appear as obvious. These can be toxic plants, cleaning products, loose tablecloths that can be yanked down, toilets, dishwashers and more. Also remember to cover electrical outlets, install safety latches on cabinets, and remove hanging cords from curtains.
Home, Stairs and Furniture - Place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs. It is best to do this before the baby becomes mobile. Secure furniture to the walls, as babies like to climb and explore, and loose furniture can fall on children causing great harm and even death. Place bumpers on sharp corners. Another tip is to have your paint tested for lead, and either remove or seal it.
Fire Safety - Install smoke detectors in every room, and test them at least twice a year. Also, have at least one working fire extinguisher in the home.
Bathroom Safety - Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub. It takes mere minutes for a child to drown, and it can happen in less than one inch of water. It is best to bring everything you need with you to the bathroom before you begin to bathe your baby. If you need to leave, bring your baby with you. Never rely on other children to safeguard your baby. Check the water temperature before putting your baby in the bath. Always drain the water completely after use. Install safety locks on toilets, as it is possible for a baby to fall in.
Car Seat Safety - Always familiarize yourself with the reading and instructional material provided by the manufacturer. Children should travel in a rear-facing car seat for as long as they are able to per the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. Register your car seat with the manufacturer so you can be notified for any issues or recalls. The back-middle seat is the safest place for young children to ride. It is best to not use second-hand car seats, as they may have functions that don’t work properly.
Magnets - If ingested, magnets can cause great internal damage. Never leave any magnets lying around and avoid toys with magnetic functions.
Tipovers - Tipovers of furniture and electronics are one of the leading causes of injury to young children. Remember to safely secure all furniture like dressers, cabinets and televisions using hardware or furniture straps.
Loose Change - If ingested, coins can also lead to severe internal damage. Have a safe place where you keep your loose change, away from babies' reach.
Kitchen Safety - Never have a baby or child in the kitchen while you are cooking. Scalding water or hot pots and handles can cause severe burns. Also, remember to keep coffee and tea mugs away from the reach of children.
Carpets - Loose rugs and carpets can cause slip and fall injuries. Use a grip or pad underneath to avoid injury.
Loose Cords - Any cord or string can be a potential strangulation hazard. Always check blinds and curtains for loose cords, as they have killed young children. Other cords can come from electronics, computers, exercise equipment and more.
Cleaning Products - Keep all cleaning supplies and products away from children. Most products are toxic and deadly if ingested.
Batteries - Batteries contain extremely toxic compounds that can lead to severe injury and death if swallowed. Never allow your child to tamper with toys or electronics that have batteries, and always properly dispose of unwanted batteries.
Our goal is that after reading this blog, you feel a bit more confident about keeping your baby safe in your home. You may also want to extend these tips to households where your baby may spend a lot of time, such as their grandparent’s or babysitters’ home. You can never be too careful when it comes to baby safety.
If you have any questions, feel free to call my office anytime at (877) Gluck-Law. If your baby was injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, I may be able to help you get the justice you and your child deserves. Call me for a free case review. Take care and stay safe