Newborn Baby Safety Tips
Your newborn baby’s safety is your top priority, whether you’re having a child for the first time or the fourth. Even when you have had a baby before, safety information changes, and you probably want to make sure you’re doing everything right.
While in the hospital after delivery, before you even take your baby home, you want to make sure they are safe by your side. For example, you would probably choose to deliver your baby at a hospital that has security practices in place to prevent anything from happening to your newborn. But what if you never thought about infant security in hospitals?
In the past, parents were told to put babies on their stomachs to sleep, but these days it’s “back is best” (American Academy of Pediatrics). You may have saved that crib from your first child to use for your second, but what if that crib has been recalled?
There is so much to think about when considering infant safety. The best way to learn the latest and greatest in safety information is to review the following safety tips.
Newborn Baby Safety Tips for Today
Since 2020 has decided to be the year when it all goes wrong, safety information is more important than ever. Check out the following tips, and you can mark them off on this handy baby safety checklist.
- Even before your child is born, you can keep them safe by going to a hospital that offers infant safety and security protections. For instance, locking doors, card swipes, cameras, infant tracking bands, and guest logs can all keep baby safe before you even leave the hospital.
- Baby snuggles in the time of Corona may not be appropriate for the first few months. Baby can get snuggles from you and close family, but it may be best to keep others socially distanced for right now.
- One of the first things you do when leaving the hospital after having a baby is put your newborn in a car seat. You may be tempted to use the same car seat you used from a previous child, but a lot has changed since then. It’s best to obtain a new, federally-approved car seat to protect your baby while in a motor vehicle.
- When moms and dads are sleep deprived, they can be absent-minded. It’s possible to leave a baby in the car and forget they are there due to sheer exhaustion. You should always leave your cell phone or purse in the back seat next to baby, so you won’t accidentally leave your baby in a hot car.
- To avoid injuries caused by falls, make sure to place your baby’s carrier on the floor. You don’t want to put the carrier on counters or tables.
- To prevent burns on your precious baby’s skin, don’t drink hot beverages around your newborn. You should not heat your baby’s bottle in the microwave, but instead, use a bottle-warming device or run the bottle under warm water.
- Preventing accidents is important, so be sure to babyproof your home. That means keeping dangerous items out of your baby’s reach.
- Never leave your baby alone around water. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that children can drown in less than two inches of water.
New Baby Safety Products
New parents like to use the latest safety technology to protect their children from harm. Some of the latest technology includes video monitors, baby gates, edge guards, cabinet latches, and home security systems. Be sure to compare these products to get a sense of which one is right for you and your baby. Check out reviews, and always follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
Keeping your baby safe is possible with the right tips and equipment. From hospital security to bathing your baby, you can keep baby safe in 2020.
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