We came across this cute video today featuring safety for sleeping babies.  In light of our last post, we thought that it would be appropriate to share it here.  Enjoy!

 

For 9 months your baby sleeps safely in your tummy but once the 9 months is up, your baby has to sleep somewhere. This article will help you determine which crib or bassinet is best suited for you and your baby.

Something new, something old and something borrowed. These are the guidelines we use for our weddings however, for your child’s safety, something new is always good. Borrowing or receiving a hand me down crib is not the answer. The cri may not be up to standard with the latest safety standards. Overly thick mattress or puffy sides are both suffocation risks.

Basic is best. The safest cribs are the ones that don’t have fine details. Your infants can get strangled by this aspect as their clothes and threads get caught in the fine details.

Check construction and workmanship. Best way to do this is by testing out the models that are displayed in the stores. Give the crib a bit of a shake and see if the frame is steady. Just remember that not all the models will be tightly assembled; so with light pressure, check to see if each slat is secured to the railings. You should not find any loose slats or spindles on a new crib or any cracking if they made from wood.

Don’t use a bassinet or cribs with the wheels unlocked. Once you have moved the product, be sure to lock the wheels before you place your child in the crib. You do not want a runaway baby at three in the morning.

Crib

Do not carry or move the bassinet or crib while your baby is inside it.

Use only the mattress provided by the manufacturer and only fitted sheets that are made for the bassinet or crib. If you use sheets that are not for the specifications of your product, it can be suffocation or choking hazard for your child. Just a side tip: when putting your baby to sleep, use a swaddle blanket and not a blanket covering her or him. Reason being if your baby moves, the blanket could go over the face and he or she will battle to breathe. Rather safe than sorry.

Place your baby on their back in the crib or bassinet. 90% of the SIDS cases occur during the first six months of a baby’s life. This is prime bassinet and crib time.

Unlike bassinets, cradles and beside sleepers, cribs are the only beds for babies that are required to meet federal government mandated standards. A crib might seem like a big place for your baby to sleep however it is the safest place for them to sleep. So when deciding on which type of bed you would like to buy, keep in mind that in the long run you save money by buying a crib as well as you sleep well at night knowing that your baby is placed in a standardized product that has been assured to be safe for your child.

 

As an aside, make sure if you have an infant that you keep a fold-up travel crib handy for when you need to move your baby to a new location quickly.  We kept our travel crib folded up and stored in our tornado shelter so that we could grab it quickly when on the go.

There is no better feeling for a parent than to watch their children playing, smiling and having fun. A playground area is a must for your children however; you need to take a few safety precautions in order to ensure your children are playing in a safe environment.

Make sure that your play area is age appropriate.
– If your child is just starting to walk, the surface should be smooth and easy to walk on.
– If your baby has good head control and can sit up with support, place a bucket shaped swing in the garden.
– Once your child is walking and climbing, you can look into a back yard jungle gym.

Make sure the surface is safe.
– Try use impact-absorbing surfaces. This will ensure that if your child trips or falls, he or she will not be badly injured and will get right back up and ready to continue playing.
– Recommended surface material include: sand, wood chip, rubber mats, synthetic turf and so on.

Making sure your children are dressed correctly for the playground.
– Make sure you remove any necklaces, bracelets, scarves or any strings that are hanging from your child. This will avoid them from getting tangled in the jungle gyms and avoid them hurting themselves. Even helmets can be dangerous for the playground, so save those only for the tracks.

Infant Playground

The actual playground equipment must be safe.
– Ensure that any metal pieces on the jungle gym are rust free. This can infect your child if they get cut or hurt.
-Make sure all parts on the equipment is secure and all screws, nuts and bolts are tightly fastened. Wouldn’t want your child to go down the slide and the slide goes down as well.
– Replace any chains when they start to look old and rusted.
– Make sure you buy your equipment from a trusted dealer or store like Game Time or another similar manufacturer.
– If you have any problems with any of the playground items, make sure to call the company straight away and have it fixed as soon as possible. You might have a grumpy face moping around the house for a few days but rather that than a child who is hurt.
In the instance that you cannot create a play area in your own backyard, there are a few things you need to check before taking your child to a public play area.
– Please watch your child at all times. More than 2000 playground related injuries are treated in the ER yearly. So keep an eye on your child.
– Teach your child manners. They need to know that pushing and shoving on the playground is not accepted and will not be tolerated by you or the other parents.
– Make sure that the equipment is age appropriate for your child.
– Make sure that the equipment is well maintained and looked after and is a safe environment for your children to run around and play.
– You might consider looking for a local playground that is built next to a community storm shelter. You can click that link for a company that has an online resource list for playgrounds built next to storm shelters or a storm shelter that has been built next to a community playground.

It is time to play safely in the playground.

Babyproofing your home is essential in keeping your baby safe in the place where they should feel safest – their home.

Your dishwasher: This is a house keeper’s “best friend” and a parent’s worst nightmare. Make sure your baby is not around when the dishwasher is open.  Two reasons among many are that there are frequently sharp knives in the dishwasher and the racks themselves have pointed ends that could cut or stab your child if they were to fall on them!

Soft bedding: Fluffy blankets, soft pillows and bumper pads makes cribs and beds look cozy however they can mould around your baby’s face and suffocate them. Keep your baby warm with a swaddle blanket or a blanket that can be tightly tucked around the mattress.

Used toys and baby equipment: It is very sweet of friends and family to pass things down to you however, you need to make sure that all hand me downs are not broken, missing pieces or rusted due to old age. These things can harm your child so make sure you inspect the products handed down to you before accepting them.

Child-lock the doors and windows in your car: Not many people can resist the urge of pushing buttons, your children are the same. Unlocked car windows and doors cause hundreds of children to lose their fingers or even crush their wrists. Make sure that your car windows are set on locked and your doors are on child-lock.

Purses lying around: Please do not leave your purse or guest’s purses lying around on the floor. Children are very curious and can go into the bags, pick up the items that look like yummy sweets (pills) and take them. This is something so simple but can make your children very sick and send them off to a visit in the ER.

Plugs: Children love to experience new feelings on their skin such as sand, grass, dirt and what it feels like inside of a wall plug switch. Every single wall socket that is not in use; should have a plastic cover over it ensuring that your child does not stick their finger in the hole and causing an accidental electrocution.

Sharp edges: We all love our glass coffee tables however; your child’s head will not love it so much. Any sharp edges that can be reached by your baby needs to be covered with a plastic protection or foam protection ensuring that they do not hurt themselves.

Stairs: When babies start to walk, they tend to want to wonder off and explore the wonderful world. Please make sure that you have fence the top and bottom of stairways ensuring that your child does not fall down stairs or up the stairs unsupervised.

Pool nets: Kids need to play outside and run around however they do not need to fall into your pool and drown. If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pools, make sure it is covered with a net at all times or it was a fence around it with a lock ensuring that it stays closed and keeps your child safe.

Storm Shelter: If you have a storm shelter in your home, you need to be careful that the doors stay closed, or if they are meant to stay open, that you latch them open so that they cannot close on your child.  If you have an in-ground storm shelter, you need to make sure that the sliding door is always kept shut so that your child does not fall in and get trapped!  The other side of the coin is that if you DO NOT have a tornado shelter, you should definitely look into getting one so as to keep your children safe in the event of severe weather!  We live in the Ozarks, and so we searched “storm shelter in Springfield MO” and found a great company real close to us that was able to come out and install an above ground storm shelter in our utility room the very next week!

Lastly, best thing you can do for your child to ensure their safety is to keep them supervised at all times.

Welcome to our first post here!  We found this gem of a domain and jumped ship from our old site to bring you a new repository on baby safety tips!  With our first article, we hope to arm all of you new moms and dads with good information on how to properly install car seats and what you should and should not do.

 

Ever wonder why there are so many car seats on the market? So many choices and you just not sure which one is the right one for you and the safety of your baby. Well here are a few tips and facts you need to know before securing your child in your car.

Rear-facing car seat– Newborns should always be placed into a rear-facing car seat till about the age of 2. If you are ever in a car accident with your baby in the car, the car seat will take most of the impact, protecting your baby’s spine, neck and upper body. If your child is in a front-facing car seat, their spine could stretch on impact creating sever damage or even lead to death. Your child should stay in the car seat till he or she has reached the height and weight limit provided by the manufacturer.

Choosing the right car seat– There a few facts to consider when buying a new car seat:

Number 1: make sure the weight and height of the car seat is relevant to your baby.
Number 2: If your baby was born premature or needs to be lying down when travelling, buy a travel bed.
Number 3: It is always nice to get hand me downs from our parents and friends however car seats is a bit trickier. You need to make sure no parts are missing or broken. The car seat has not been in any car accidents. Make sure that the label is still on the seat so that you can check that the model number was not recalled.
Number 4: When on a budget, you don’t have to buy the most expensive car seat or the 2 in one, however that does save money in the end, just make sure that the car seat you buy has got 5 harness straps to ensure proper safety when driving.

Got the car seat, now it is time to strap our little ones in correctly: Playing with the harnesses can be a bit frustrating at times. Here are a few tips when strapping your baby into the car seat.

  • Your shoulder straps must be in line or just below the shoulders.
  • The harnesses must be tight. When pinching the strap, you must not get a fold in the material.
  • Do not let the straps twist or sag.
  • The top of the chest piece should be at armpit level.
  • I know when it is cold we layer our children with thick jackets and pants however, when strapping them in, make sure they are in thinner material. The thick clothes can compromise the strap and safety of your baby. Place a blanket over the car seat to keep your baby warm and can layer as much as you like once they out the car seat.
  • Lastly, if you feel like the space between the groin strap and your baby is too big a gap, you can place a rolled dish towel between to make sure the baby doesn’t slouch.

Here is a great video we found from Consumer Reports that details the ins and outs of choosing the right car seat when you are making a new purchase!