Baby Safety: The Complete Parent Guide
Baby safety is at the top of every parent’s to-do list when their little one first comes home from the hospital. For newborns, your safety concerns will center around sleeping, bathing, eating, and traveling in the car. As your baby grows, the safety issues will expand to include preventing falls, burns, injuries, and illnesses, just to name a few. How is a concerned parent supposed to keep track of it all? The experts at Mustela are here to help.
In this article, we’ll give you 16 tips to keep your baby safe at home and on the go. Along the way, we’ll address concerns such as:
- Baby safety in the bath
- Baby safety in the car
- Baby safety in the sun
- Preventing baby falls
- Baby safety while changing diapers
- Baby safety while eating
- Baby safety while sleeping, and much more
16 Tips To Keep Your Baby Safe
1) Baby Safety In The Bath
The most important rule for bath time safety is never leave your baby unattended. Even turning your back for just a second to get some shampoo out of the cabinet can be dangerous. Keep all your bath products within easy reach so you never have to look away when your baby is in the water.
2) Learn The Heimlich Maneuver And CPR
The Heimlich Maneuver and CPR are two invaluable skills that every parent should know. The Heimlich Maneuver can dislodge food or other small objects from your baby’s throat while CPR can keep blood and air flowing in the event of a serious accident. The Heimlich Maneuver and CPR are different for newborns and babies than for children and adults, so be sure to study all the variations. To be extra safe, we recommend posting directions for both skills in a prominent place in case you need them in an emergency.
3) Baby Safety In The Sun
Apply a high SPF sunscreen like Mustela’s SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick whenever your baby may be in the sun. That includes playing indoors near the windows on a sunny day. Because your little one’s skin is so delicate, it’s always better to be overly cautious when it comes to sun protection.
4) Baby Proof Your Home
Keep your baby safe at home by baby proofing the areas where your little one spends most of their time. Cover all electrical outlets, lock cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathroom, and move books, lamps, and other heavy objects above your baby’s reach. Be sure to watch out for wobbly furniture that can be pulled over if your baby grabs onto it when trying to stand.
5) Baby Safety In The Car
Always strap your child into a federally-approved car seat and never carry your newborn in your lap, even on very short trips. From birth to two-years-of-age, the car seat should be placed in the middle of the back seat and should always be facing backward with your baby looking towards the rear of the vehicle. If your vehicle has no back seat, disable the airbags and place your baby on the passenger side with the car seat facing backward.
6) Protecting Your Baby’s Skin
Because your newborn’s skin is extra sensitive and delicate, it can easily become dry and cracked. That’s why it’s important to protect your baby’s skin at all times with baby-safe moisturizing products like Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Body Lotion and Hydra Bebe Facial Cream. Mustela products are composed of natural ingredients, certified hypoallergenic, and free of parabens, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol.
7) Preventing Baby Falls
Fall hazards are everywhere, especially when in a house with stairs. Protect your baby by blocking all stairs at all times with a baby gate. And never leave your baby unattended on furniture like the couch or the bed. If you set your baby in an infant seat, be sure the seat is on the floor and that your baby is strapped in.
8) Do Not Smoke Around Your Baby
Never smoke inside the house where the toxic chemicals found in second-hand cigarette smoke could be inhaled by your baby. Even when you smoke outside, the chemicals can stick to your clothes and affect your baby’s health. The best thing you can do for your baby’s safety is quit smoking right away.
9) Baby Crawling & Walking Safety
Your baby could begin to crawl as early as 6-months old. Three months later, your little one could take those first tentative steps towards walking. By 14 or 15 months, they’ll be walking most of the time so it’s important to think about safety wherever they go.
Be sure you cover all electrical outlets and secure electrical cords to the baseboard as much as possible. Install child safety locks on all drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, and anchor bookcases and wobbly furniture so they don’t fall over and injure your child.
10) Inspect Your Baby’s Toys
You should periodically inspect your baby’s toys to make sure there are no loose pieces that could break off and wind up in your little one’s mouth. It’s also a good idea to clean your baby’s toys every few weeks to keep dust and dirt from accumulating on their surfaces.
11) Carry Your Baby Correctly
When you carry your baby the right way, it ensures that their little body is always protected. Most of the time, you will likely carry your baby nestled in the crook of your arm. To carry your baby properly, place your forearm under your baby’s back and be sure to support their tiny head.
At other times, and for older babies, you can carry them upright against your chest. Place one hand under your baby’s rear end (as if your baby is sitting on your forearm), and the other hand on their back to keep them pressed against you.
12) Wash Your Baby’s Hands Often
To keep your baby happy and healthy, and to avoid colds and the flu, wash your baby’s hands often. Babies touch everything, especially after they learn to crawl. Those hands usually wind up in your baby’s mouth at some point, so bacteria and viruses pose a very real threat.
A quick and easy way to keep your baby’s hands clean is to use Mustela’s Cleansing Wipes several times a day.
13) Baby Safety While Changing Diapers
To ensure your baby’s safety while changing their diaper, always keep one hand on your little one’s torso. If you use a changing table, be sure to strap your child down to prevent an accident. It’s also important that you keep all your changing supplies like a Diaper Rash Cream, Liniment, and No Rinse Cleansing Water within easy reach. That way you never have to turn your attention away from your precious child.
14) Baby Safety While Eating
When you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, keeping them safe is easy. But when they begin to eat on their own, the safety issues increase. If you put your baby in a highchair, make sure it is stable and will not topple over when your baby kicks and wiggles. In addition, skip the raw carrot chunks, apple slices, nuts, and other hard foods that could cause your baby to choke.
15) Baby Safety While Sleeping
To keep your baby safe while they sleep, always make sure your little one is put down on their back, never on their stomach. Similarly, remove all soft bedding like pillows, extra blankets, and large plush toys from your child’s crib as these items can potentially block your baby’s mouth and nose during the middle of the night.
16) Preventing Burns
If you bottle feed your baby, avoid microwaving the formula. Instead, submerge the bottle in warm water, and be sure to shake often. Before you feed the formula to your child, test the temperature on your wrist.
When your baby starts to crawl, stand, and walk, turn all pot and pan handles toward the wall when your stove is on so your little one doesn’t accidentally pull something down.
You Can Never Be Too Careful When It Comes To Your Baby’s Safety
You can never be too careful when it comes to your baby’s safety. By following the 16 tips above, you’ll be in a great position to keep your little one safe whether they’re sleeping, splashing in the bath, or taking a car trip to grandma’s.