As parents, you’re always learning something new, and (more realistically!) learning as you go. In the first year of your baby’s life, keeping them safe is your #1 priority, and we’re here to empower and help you along the way. From everyday baby safety tips (like how to keep them safe in vehicles) to building safe sleep environments, keep reading to learn parenting advice from our experts.
Keep Your Baby Safe While Sleeping
We asked Pediatrician, Dyana Daley, “What is the most important tip you would pass onto parents to help keep their newborn safe?” and here’s what she had to say:
Parents can prevent only one of the top 5 most common causes of death in babies in the United States: suffocation in an unsafe sleep environment. Keep your baby safe by following the safe sleep recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Most importantly, babies should always sleep alone, on their back, in a crib or bassinet with a fitted sheet, a plain pacifier, and nothing else.
Remember, the 4 rules of safe sleep are:
- Your baby should be alone in the sleeping space, on his or her back
- Your baby should be In a crib or other safety-approved sleeping space, such as a Baby Box or bassinet.
- The mattress should be firm and should have a fitted sheet
- No loose sheets, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or bumpers allowed!
Keep Your Baby Safe From Germs
Enforce infant etiquette! Make sure everyone (including siblings and family) washes their hands or uses hand sanitizer before holding the baby. And, when cold and flu season comes around to make sure everyone is covering up any sneezes or coughs and rewashing their hands.
Keep Your Baby Safe In Vehicles
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their recommendations on car seat safety. They now recommend that “children remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.” Their previous recommendation specified that children should remain rear-facing at least to age 2 while the new recommendation removes the specific age milestone.
One way to make sure your car seat is 100% safe? See if your hospital or local fire department or police department offer a safety check to confirm that the car seat is properly installed.
Keep Your Baby Safe While Bathing
Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a second, and make sure the water is warm but not too hot. You can even lower the temperature on your house’s hot water heater dial to below 120°F (48.9°C) to prevent accidental burns.
Keep Your Baby Safe In The House
Make sure you have both a working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Test the alarms to make sure they work and ensure that when the battery gets low, you’ll get an alert.