Baby Safety Tips

By Purex | Sep. 10, 2012 | Tips & Tricks

September is designated as National Baby Safety Month, so there is no better time to remind parents, grandparents, baby caregivers and others of important safety information. This checklist can serve as a reminder of things that require immediate attention and other things that are too important to overlook.
Maintain a Safe Room for Babies
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a some great information on baby safety tips for infants between six and 12 months of age. Recommendations include everything from not leaving babies alone in a room to making sure that all baby products and other products, devices, appliances or baby care items are kept in a place that is inaccessible to the child.
We also want to remind you that infants should never sleep with soft bedding such as crib bumpers, plush toys or other soft things. Also make sure that the spacing of the slats is no more than 2 3/8 inches apart because wider slats can entrap children or babies. The AAP’s Healthy Children website says babies that sleep on their stomach have a five times greater risk of dying of SIDS. Moreover, babies that are used to sleeping on their backs but are then placed on their stomach to sleep are 18 times more likely of dying of SIDS.
Prevent Tipping Furniture
You may be familiar with the UL seal on electronics and products, but Underwriters Lab has a very useful and valuable home safety check list. One of their suggestions is that bookshelves and other furniture that can tip and potentially fall over on a child be secured to the wall with brackets. You can avoid further tragedies by mounting televisions that might otherwise tip over, to the wall.
Safety-Proof Home Before Bringing Newborn Home
If you are about to have a baby, then the checklist furnished by Women’ can remind you of all the things you need to plan for prior to bringing a newborn home. Make sure your crib is safe, that it hasn’t been recalled, and that you remove all toys, blankets, pillows, and crib bumpers. Do this well in advance because once you head to the hospital, you’ll be far too preoccupied to think about any safety precautions.
Additional safety precautions include making sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a landline phone to use to call for help in emergencies – especially if there’s a power failure, clear numbers on your house, handrails on the stairs. Also make sure that you’ve learned how to install a car seat properly.
Baby Proof All Parts of Your Home
Be sure you baby proof every other part of your home as well. Purchase cabinet closures that will make it impossible for toddlers or young children to open cabinets on their own. Be sure you have covers for all electrical outlets so children can’t get to them. Also make sure that there are no slippery floors and unguarded staircases.
Post Emergency Information
Babies are notorious for putting foreign objects in their mouths. Always be on the lookout for things that babies could swallow, and make sure that hazards are locked away for safekeeping.
In the baby’s room, make sure that they can’t access any of the baby care products, and that any household cleaning products or other hazards are anywhere accessible to babies or young children.
If you use baby sitters or have other family members who may be called upon to take care of your children or babies, be sure that you keep a list of important telephone and emergency numbers by the phone. Leave the number of the pediatrician, family members, your cell and business phones, Poison Control, the hospital, your pharmacy and people you contact in case of an emergency.