- Don’t babyproof your house unless you have gone through the following!
Look out! Your baby has started walking! Learning to walk is indeed an important milestone in your babies life, but as your child starts to walk, your responsibility as a parent grows inevitably. A tottering, or a walking, (in fact, even a crawling) child can get into things which are absolutely unsafe. It can obviously lead to… well let’s say unpleasant consequences.
So shouldn’t a conscientious parent start giving new shape to his or her home to ensure the child’s safety? In fact, haven’t YOU started baby proofing your home yet? OK, you may need some help to make it perfectly, right? Just read on.
- Rules of Thumb
A wise parent should know that he/she should start baby proofing the home much before the day your child comes to his or her home. The following is a brief checklist on the child proofing measures for infants less than three months.
- Set your water heater below 120 degrees F.
- Use a safety belt when your child is enjoying himself or herself on the swing.
- Choose a crib that meets standards for safety, set by American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM).
- And Before Your Child Starts to Walk, You Should
- Keep houseplants out of your infant’s reach.
- Give the electrical outlets in your place a child-resistant outlet covering.
- Keep all potentially hazardous substances, such as medicines, kerosene, pesticides and fertilizers in a higher cabinet.
- Remember: Stairs can be dangerous.
Do Baby Safety Gates Help?
Gates, if placed tactfully, can make baby monitoring a tad easier, as it can help you to keep your infant separated from pets, and what is more, it can also aid to keep him away from dangers including stairs and the like. If you are buying a baby safety gate, do not forget to conform to the following tips.
- Choose a gate with vertical slats; it can keep your child from climbing it.
- Pressure mounted gates should not be installed at staircases.
- Go for retractable baby safety gates which can fit anything from narrow to wider door openings.
Baby Monitors to Keep an Eye on Your Baby
Is there a trick which can take care of the baby’s security while you help yourself to a rejuvenating night’s sleep?
Actually, there is something. Try installing a baby safety monitor at your baby’s nursery, and you can avoid numerous undesired conditions that your offspring may come across, if he or she somehow escapes your careful notice.
- So what are the main things that you need to check before buying a baby monitor?
- Make certain that the size of the baby monitor that you purchase is not very big.
- Basically, there are two different types of baby monitors: plug in and wireless. Buying a quality wireless model allows you to use it even outside the house.
- Decide on a baby monitor with a good range so that you can keep an eye of the activities of your baby even when you go out.
- Always buy a unit with rechargeable batteries.
- Do Not forget to check Underwriters Labs or UL mark before purchasing. UL certification assures the safety of the unit.
This is all that you are likely to need for baby proofing your home. However, what I have just presented is a brief outline on careful parenting. You can find more comprehensive discussion on the matter in our inner pages.
Baby Room and Furniture
Outfitting a newborn can be expensive, but, fortunately, you don’t have to buy everything beforehand. Beyond some basic equipment and a small wardrobe, most items can wait until the baby has arrived. In fact, it’s sensible to limit your clothing purchases at first, because they’re often outgrown before they’re outworn.
Most cities have stores specializing in furniture and clothing for infants. And you can usually find a baby section in large department of discount stores. An experienced clerk can best answer your questions and give you advice on how to get the most for your money.
You need not buy everything new, of course. If you’re penny-wise or on a limited budget, a little searching may turn up serviceable used equipment and apparel. Garage sales can be excellent sources of inexpensive nursery furnishings. With luck, they’ll need only a little sprucing up or repair.
School or church rummage sales good places to pick up secondhand clothing. Classified advertising sections often include baby furniture for sale. Some communities now have stores specializing in used baby equipment. And of course, you can expect hand-me-down items and gifts from friends and relatives.
- A Room for the Baby
Your first impulse may be to keep the baby in your bedroom at night, to simplify feeding or just because you’re worried you might not hear nocturnal cries. Resist it. A room of the baby’s own is important both for parents and for child. A baby sleeps more soundly where he or she will not be disturbed or interrupted. Meanwhile, you should live normally without tiptoeing about.
During the day, you can close the door to the baby’s room while he or she is taking a nap and continue with your own activities. Al night, you’ll still be able to hear the baby while retaining your own privacy.
The nursery needn’t be large. All that’s required is enough space for a crib or bassinet, a dresser for clothing, and a lamp. The baby room should be well ventilated, not drafty, and not too hot. Seventy to 72 degrees Fahrenheit is about right.
In cold weather, especially, proper humidity is important, so the baby’s throat and nasal membranes don’t dry out – 30% humidity is recommended. If you have a forced-air furnace or other form of dry heat, a humidify or for the furnace or a room-size humidifier may help.
The decor in the nursery is up to you, of course, but it should be kept simple for ease of care. Pastel colors such as pink, blue, and yellow are traditional, but any lively hue will do in this age of washable, easy to clean paint. Babies actually prefer bright primary colors, some tests of perception seem to show.
Vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, or a rug of synthetic fiber is best for the floor. Paint walls or secondhand furniture with a washable enamel.
- Baby’s Furniture
A tiny newborn requires only a tiny bed. Most parents today begin with a portable crib, a scaled down model of a full size crib. It is made of fabric over an aluminum frame, with mesh sides. Most models fold flat and will fit in a car trunk, to be taken along when traveling or on visits to relatives.
Leg height is adjustable, allowing the crib to double as a playpen. The standard size portable crib is 24 by 38 inches, large enough for a baby to use for seven to nine months.
The traditional “first bed” is a bassinet, a wicker basket on wheels, and it’s still a popular choice. A bassinet is hip high, just right to bend and lift the baby, and can be wheeled easily from one room to another or even outdoors for naps or airings. The most useful model comes in two parts
- a wheeled stand that is collapsible.
- and a basket that can be lifted off and carried.
A bassinet probably made sense in the days when people had large families and there was always a temporary occupant. Today it may not be economical. The standard size bassinet is 16 inches wide and 32 inches long. Because the average newborn is about 21 inches, you can see a bassinet won’t be used for any length of time.
After about three months, the baby will be too large, with too many kicks and squirms. Also, a bassinet is top heavy and older children, in their eagerness to see the baby, may yank on the edge and tip it over. The cost of a bassinet is about three times that of a portable nib.
What Are The Most Important Baby Safety Care Tips That No Parent Should Overlook Ever?
Isn’t your baby the cutest? You promised your baby complete safety when you brought him into this world. Even so, are you confused about how to go about your baby’s safety? Your baby is your most precious person in this world and he or she is totally dependent on you for survival.
So read on and find out how you can become a more conscientious parent.
Baby safety and you – areas of focus: You want to protect your baby from untoward harm at all costs. The most important factors that you cannot overlook are your baby’s crib, his car travel arrangements, and his sleep issues. Some key points listed for you are:
- What Are The Best Baby Crib Safety Rules?
Your infant spends most of his time in his crib. Your everyday duties often take you away from your baby. But you need to make sure his crib is safe. According to ,US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), you should do the following:
- Avoid any loose or missing crib parts. Your baby could choke on them.
- Make sure his blanket does not reach beyond his chest or he might suffocate.
- Use a snug fitting mattress, or a blanket. Or your baby can get trapped between his mattress and the crib.
- The crib should not have corner posts that reach above 1/16th inch. This way your baby’s clothes aren’t caught in the posts.
- The headboard and footboard on your baby’s crib should be solid, without cutouts. Or your baby’s fingers may get caught in it hurting him.
- The gap between two slats on your baby’s crib should not be more than 2 3/8 inches. This way his body will not accidentally get stuck in between the slats.
- Always place your infant on his/her back with his feet towards the foot of his crib. Do not use pillows, comforters, bumper pads, or stuffed toys in your infant’s crib.
- If you use a mesh, make sure it is not more than1/4 inch in size. It should not have any tear, so that the buttons on your baby’s clothes are not caught it the gaps. You should attach it securely to the crib.
- Things You Need to Know – Baby Sleep Issues:
How to make your child’s naptime safe?
- Don’t wrap your child with extra blankets while sleeping. Your child might suffocate in his sleep.
- Don’t place distracting toys in your baby’s crib while putting him to sleep. There is a chance that your baby may choke on it while sleeping.
- Make sure your baby does not bang his head on the headboard while sleeping. It is best to allow some head space for your baby. You can also cover the headboard with soft padding, but make sure you fit it snugly. If not your baby might pull it free and choke on it.
Now you know the top baby safety tips. Keep your baby safe, always!
- Baby Car Safety Measures – Travel Precautions:
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adequate car safety measures cuts the death risk due to accident by 71% in case of babies. Follow safety guidelines:
- Give your car safety seat regular checkups at the maintenance center.
- Use proper car seats commercially available. Make sure it is firmly fitted with your car seat.
- Once your child outgrows his car seat, replace it immediately. If your child’s weight is more than what the car seat can support, get a new one.
- Use rear facing car seats exclusively meant for babies below 2 years. Shift to forwards facing car seats only after your child grows into a toddler.
- If you place your child’s car seat in the backseat of your car, make sure to turn around and check on your baby frequently. But concentrate on the road as well!
What Are the Must Have Baby Products for the First Year?
Now let me add a list of the essentials that you will find handy to bring your child up in the first year. Just have a quick check if you have provided your child with all of them.
- Baby carrier
- Infant strollers
- Feeding bottles
- Folding changing pads
- Plastic links, rattle, tethers
- Infant clothes including bibs, mittens and shirts