As a parent, you will absolutely want to keep your little bundle of joy afar from all the potential danger. By taking necessary care and safety measures, you cannot only prevent unintentional injuries but can also protect your fragile newborn from uncertain falls and poisoning.
Here are the 6 common safety tips for your newborn which will make your little one secure:
1. Crib Protection and Safety
Your little one spends plenty of time in the crib so before buying a crib make sure it is free of hazards and is as per the safety standards of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While assembly makes sure you follow the instructions properly. In addition, while you make your baby sleep inside it, use a firm, tight-fitting mattress covered with a crib sheet and nothing else in it. Never use soft bedding products such as loose blankets or sheets, pillows, crib bumpers, stuffed toys and sleep positioners.
2. Safety during bath time
Make sure you set up everything before you take your baby for a bath. First thing first, set the temperature of the water heater at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit as your baby’s skin is very sensitive and thin. In addition, put anti-scald devices on faucets. These devices turn off the water if the temperature is too hot. While bathing the baby, make sure that your baby is facing away from the faucet so that he/she won’t attempt to turn the tap on. Also, make a habit to check the water temperature before bathing your baby.
3. Sleeping Safety
Whenever you decide to make your baby sleep on a bed, clear all the surface from all sort of concealed dangers like suffocation from spongy bedding like pillows, mattress pads, comforters and entrapment between the wall and the bed or the footboard, headboard and/or bed frame. Also, infants develop a habit of rolling on the bed, so make sure you have precautionary measures already in place to prevent the baby falling down due to rolling.
4. Feeding your newborn
Heat the feeding bottles with warm water, instead of putting it in the microwave. Milk heated in a microwave may be much hotter than their containers. Check them before feeding your baby. Also, make sure while cooking or carrying hot liquids and food, you don’t carry your little one. Most of the burns found in newborns are due to hot burning of liquids and foods spilled in the kitchen.
5. Safety during play time
Always bring big toys for your baby and evade all kinds of small ones as the infants have the habit of inserting everything in their mouth. Ensure that these toys are deprived of any toxic material and are completely safe. Inspect old and new playthings frequently for wrecking parts and never procure anything that is tagged as three years old and over.
6. Make your home safer
Keep plastic bags, frayed, electrical cords or damaged cords, uncovered outlets, matches, lighters, fireplaces, candles, space heaters, irons and small objects (like pins, paper clips, stapler, jewelry, buttons, nails, stones, etc.) out of reach. Lock up vitamins, medicine, pet food, cleaning products, alcohol, poisonous plants, and chemicals (like paint, gasoline, etc.) out of your baby’s reach. Moreover, have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home and have an expert inspect your chimney and furnace for blockages and leaks to keep your infant secure and safe.
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