Baby Safety Tips

September is Baby Safety Month! To make sure you’re keeping your baby as safe as possible all year long, we’ve compiled these tips for you here:

Car Safety

Although it may be nerve wracking to drive with your little one in the car- especially if you’re a first time parent- it’s often a necessity. From grocery shopping to doctor’s appointments, here’s how to keep your little on safe in the car:

  • Always use a federally approved car seat that has not been in any prior accidents
  • Make sure that it is properly installed
  • Double-check that your car seat has not be recalled recently
  • Car seats expire between 6 and 10 years after manufacturing due to regular wear and tear and changing regulations
  • Children should be rear-facing in the backseat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they have reached the height and weight limits

Sleep Safety

Sleep can be difficult- for both you and your baby- during those first few months. Even if it only feels like they are sleeping a few minutes at a time, newborns especially should be spending a majority of their time sleeping.

  • Do not use extra blankets or sheets in the crib
  • Instead opt for sleepsacks or swaddles to keep your little one warm enough
  • It has been found that having infants sleep on their backs on a firm mattress can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS

Bath Safety

When it comes to bath time, there are a few different things you’ll want to take into consideration.

  • Make sure the water isn’t too hot to avoid scalding
  • To ensure you don’t leave your baby unattended, lay out everything you’ll need beforehand
  • As your baby grows and becomes more active, consider putting a nonslip mat in the tub to avoid slipping

Household Safety

Most of the time you spend with your baby will be in and around your home. Because of this, don’t forget these safety tips:

  • Check for broken toys often to avoid injury and choking hazards
  • Keep cords from blinds and electronics out of reach
  • As your child becomes more mobile make sure all cabinets and drawers have child-proof locks