Your baby is precious and fragile. As soon as she is born, all you want to do is keep her safe from harm both in the home and in the car. Protecting your child from all the potential dangers of daily life can seem overwhelming. Here are some safety tips for moms to keep in mind.
When it comes to baby-proofing your home, there are many things you can do, including installing safety gadgets, to make every room safe for your growing infant.
In the bathroom:
Test the water: Always test the temperature of the water with your elbow before bathing baby. You can also install an anti-scald device at the end of the bath faucet.
Get a grip: Place non-slip mats for when baby begins to toddle.
Lock the toilet: Install a toilet lock to prevent tiny fingers from getting crushed by the toilet lid and to prevent accidental drowning.
Get spongy: Cover the bath taps in case she slips and hurts her head.
In The Nursery
Crib safety: Your crib’s slats should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less.
No extras: remove bumpers, extra blankets, soft toys and anything that could suffocate a baby from the crib.
Seal outlets: All electrical outlets should have plastic covers.
In The Kitchen
Secure pet food: Pet kibble is a choking hazard and should never be left unattended.
Cover stove knobs: Little fingers like to twiddle knobs. Use knob covers and put a lock on the oven door.
Fire safety: Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Make sure it’s out of your child’s reach.
Splatter proof: Use a stove guard so your baby won’t get splashed with hot liquids when you’re cooking.
Lock cabinets: The cabinet beneath the kitchen sink is usually where cleaning products are stored. Keep a lock on this door to prevent your child reaching hazardous chemicals.
In The Living Room
Go cordless: Keep blinds safe with cord cleats or install cordless shades.
Cushion edges: Protect your child from sharp corners and edges with bumpers.
Hide breakables: Put all breakable ornaments, picture frames and vases where little fingers can’t reach them.
Secure bookshelves: toddlers like to climb, so secure bookshelves to the wall to prevent them toppling over.
Be guarded: Put a lockable guard door over the fireplace. Use baby gates if you have stairs.
Cars like the Chrysler Pacifica are designed with family safety in mind, but when you’re travelling with your baby, you want to take extra measures to keep her perfectly safe, which is why choosing the right car seat is important. Data reveals that up to 80 percent of baby car carriers are not installed correctly: a daunting thought, but baby carriers have become high tech these days, with many extra features including self-installation, crash protection, auto-balance, and remote controlled recliner adjustment.
You don’t have to be nervous about becoming a new mother and father. Use these simple tips and your baby will always be safe.