Baby Safety Tips

Posted in: At Home, In the Car

Baby Safety Tips

Your little one is the center of your world from the moment you first lay eyes on their little fingers and toes. Keeping them safe, healthy, and happy becomes your number one priority. But nobody tells you babies are a magical mix of escape artist, germ magnet, and toy-box tornado. Baby safety requires thorough planning, preparation, and lots of on-the-spot thinking – we can help you with the first two! Here are our baby safety tips to help make this whole parenting thing less complicated.  

At Home

  • Think like a baby when you’re babyproofing. Get down on those protesting knees and crawl around at a baby’s-eye perspective to see where there may be potential safety hazards. 
  • Babyproofing isn’t a one and done event. As your little one grows (and gets smarter), what you’ll need to babyproof will change. Install safety gates near the stairs when they’re just starting to crawl or put doorknob covers on out-of-bounds rooms when your nugget starts standing on their own.  
  • Register your products as soon as you purchase them. Registering with the manufacturer is the best way to learn of any recalls or resolve any issues you might have with a product.  
  • Always check the water temperature before putting baby in the bath. What feels like the perfect bath temperature to you might be too hot for your LO. Keep the temperature below 120 degrees – with a temperature guard in the bath so you can quickly tell if you need to cool down the water.  
  • Never leave baby unattended, especially when they’re using an activity center, bouncer, or swing. While it might seem like a good idea to leave your cutie securely stationary for a few moments to switch over laundry or start making lunch, it’s best practice to have an eye on them at all times. Invest in portable baby gear to bring them and their seat with you from room to room.  
  • Don’t place baby gear near cords little ones could pull. Babies are tactile little explorers, something your hair will be intimately familiar with. Keep cords tied up, electrical wires secured out of reach, and baby safely away from anything that looks fun to yank on. 
  • Don’t let baby sleep in places or products that aren’t meant for sleeping. Just like you wouldn’t use a piece of cake to hammer in a nail, you shouldn’t use a non-sleeping product for naptime. Always move your LO to a bassinet or crib for naps and bedtime.  
  • Secure top-heavy or unstable furniture to the wall or move it out of reach. When your kiddo is learning to walk, they'll use anything and everything to pull themselves up into a standing position. Cute and resourceful when they're pulling on the anchored table, slightly nervewracking when it's a bookcase.

In the Car

  • Keep your kids riding rear-facing until they outgrow the maximum height/weight limits for their car seat. As tempting as it is to sneak a quick peek at  their little faces at stop lights, riding rear-facing for as long as they can keeps them safe. 
  • Always purchase a new or certified refurbished car seat. This way you can be sure the seat hasn’t been in a crash. Plus, you’ll have the manual and all the parts you need for a smooth ride.  
  • Check your car seat’s expiration date. After a car seat has passed the expiration date, it’s no longer safe to use and should be donated or discarded. Car seats are safety tested for a certain amount of time and after that are not guaranteed to perform the same as when they were first bought.  
  • Don’t leave baby in the car. Your little one's body temperature rises 3-5x faster than an adult, so any amount of time spent in a hot car can be dangerous. Keep a toy in the front of your car as a reminder that your cherub is chilling in the backseat or store your purse next to their car seat so you have to grab it before leaving the car. 

Our friends at JPMA are dedicated to helping parents stay up-to-date on all things related to baby safety – be sure to check out the rest of their baby safety tips to make parenting less complicated.  

September 10, 2021