As a new mom, there will be lots of things you will need to consider for your baby.
You will need to buy them all the usual essentials for starters, including diapers, toys, clothes, and feeding items.
You will also need to prepare your home, perhaps by adding more storage to contain your baby’s belongings. Safety will be of key concern too and it is this latter point that we are going to discuss here.
#1: Nursery safety
Your baby will be spending a lot of time sleeping so their nursery does need to be a priority. For starters, you need to make sure the crib you buy meets safety standards. The bars should be less than 2 3/8 inches wide so as to prevent your baby from getting their head stuck between them. It should also be assembled well to ensure no parts can become loose and into the hands (and mouth) of your little one.
The mattress in the crib should also fit snugly as this will prevent your baby from getting their head or body wedged beneath. The crib should also be placed away from curtain cords and any other hazard that your baby could get hold of.
These tips are just the start as there are more nursery safety tips here.
For your peace of mind and your baby’s safety, we also recommend Babysense’s video baby monitors so you can keep an eye on them when they’re sleeping.
#2: Toy safety
Babies love to play but you need to make sure their toys have been made according to safety standards and that they are appropriate for the age of your child. Watch out for toys that aren’t labeled “non-toxic” as these are best avoided. You should also avoid toys with sharp edges or small parts that could become choking hazards.
Thankfully, most baby toys on the market are considered safe as they will have gone through strict safety checks. However, you should still do your homework by checking for recalls and looking for reviews from other parents.
Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a minute, as any amount of water can become a drowning hazard. When putting water in the bath, test that it isn’t too hot, as your baby will have very sensitive skin. Temperatures of around 100 F (38 C) are considered safe so use a thermometer or set your water heater accordingly.
Other safety tips
These safety tips should also be adhered to.
- Lock away medicines, cleaning supplies, and any other toxic items
- Install safety gates
- Keep your baby away from open windows
- Anchor furniture to walls to prevent falling hazards
- Use plastic inserts to seal electrical sockets
- Keep a first aid kit and learn these first aid tips
- Never leave your child unattended outdoors or in the car
And as you would imagine, there is much more to be said besides. For more advice, speak to other moms you know, talk to your child’s doctor, and continue your research online for other safety suggestions related to the health and wellbeing of your little one.