As the baby starts crawling, it becomes very challenging for parents to keep their baby safe. Babies generally put anything in their mouth or touch anything they come across. No matter how well you look after your baby, accidents can still happen for various reasons. Therefore, you have to make a newborn safety checklist and take certain steps to avoid accidents.It is your duty, as a responsible parent, to learn about the infant safety, baby-proofing and other tips to protect your baby.
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Baby Safety in the Car
- Use an approved car safety seat while traveling.
- Carefully read the instructions before installing a car safety seat.
- Do not carry your baby in your lap while driving a car.
- The middle of the back seat of your car is the safest place for your baby.
- Do not keep your baby in the front seat of the car, especially in those carshaving airbags.
- Make a habit of locking your car and car trunk, even if you park it in the garage. Keep the car keys out of the reach of your child.
- You can keep your phone, wallet or any other important stuff in the back seat so that you check the backseat before leaving the car. This will certainly minimize the risk of your child from being accidentally locked inside the car.
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Preventing Baby Falls
- Do not leave your baby alone on a couch, bed, or infant seat. He or she might fall off.
- Do not forget to strap in the baby if you are using an infant carrier. Always keep the carrier on the floor and not on a tabletop or a counter.
- Lock the doors leading to balconies or other dangerous areas. Remove all the sharp-edged furniture from your child’s room. Do not keep any chair or stool next to a window, table, or kitchen counter. This will allow your child to climb to higher places. All these precautions will help you to take care of infant safety at home.
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Preventing Baby Burns
- Avoid holding or working with hot liquids while holding your baby. Handling both at a time is not possible.
- Do not microwave your baby’s feeding bottle, even if it is microwave safe. There are microwaves that heat unevenly which can burn your baby’s mouth.
- Make a habit of testing the temperature of the food on your hand before feeding it to your baby.
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Baby Bathing Safety
- Keep your hot water heater’s thermostat at 120
- Do not forget to test the temperature of your baby’s bathing water before letting your baby in the bathtub.
- Do not keep your baby alone in the bathtub. A few seconds of negligence can lead to a major accident.
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Preventing Baby Accidents and Infant Safety at Home
- Keep the sharp objects like razors, knives, scissors and items like pins, coins, glass objects, medicines etc. in a safe place out of your baby’s reach.
- Shaking your baby or throwing him/her in the air can lead to blindness or brain damage.
- Never leave your baby alone with a pet or even a younger sibling.
- Install stops in all the drawers so that your baby cannot pull out the drawer himself.
- Secure all the electrical cords along the baseboards using electrical tapes.
- Avoid electronics like steam iron or a straightening iron on the top of the dresser tables.
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Baby Sleeping Safety
- Put down your baby to sleep on his/her back. It reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). You can give a pacifier before putting him for sleep.
- Do not use beddings such as blankets, pillows etc. that are extremely soft. It might suffocate your baby.
- Keep your baby’s room temperature moderate.
- Do not put your baby to sleep while you are in a chair. There are chances that you might fall asleep.
- If your baby falls asleep in a carrier, swing, or a car seat, try to lay her on a flat surface.
Accidents and injuries often happen because parents are unaware of what their babies can do. At this particular age group of 0-24 months, a baby can crawl, climb, walk, and try to explore everything. Because of their curiosity, they try different things and end up hurting themselves. Your child cannot understand a danger. But learning about a few infant safety tips can help you in ensuring your baby grow up safe.