Did you know that September is National Baby Safety Month? Whether you already have little ones running around or if you are expecting, as parents, you always want to keep your babies safe and out of harm’s way. Whatever situation you find yourself in, updating your insurance policy might be something to strongly consider.
Keeping Your Baby Safe In the Car
Choosing the right car seat can be a challenge. Whatever car seat you decide to buy, make sure it is federally approved. Car seats should always face the rear of you vehicle until your baby is at least two years old or until they reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer. This is typically around thirty pounds and thirty-six inches (3 feet).
Installing a mirror can provide you with much needed peace of mind that your baby is safe in your car while you are driving. Additionally, giving your child the ability to see themselves and you can help keep them from getting bored.
Preventing Your Baby From Falling
Never place an infant carrier on a countertop or table. Keep them on the floor to prevent the risk of a fall. Additionally, it is important to remember to never leave your baby unsupervised on a bed, couch, changing table, or any other high surface. Even more, consider installing baby gates on the top of stairways to prevent your baby from experiencing a dangerous fall.
Smoking and Fire Safety
Do not smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around your baby. Clothing, hair, and skin can all carry smoke particles, so it is important to not smoke outside either.
Even if you do not have babies or children, having a properly functioning smoke alarm in your home is of paramount importance. Be sure to change your smoke alarm’s batteries every six months. Additionally, it is a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on every level of your home. Finally, since carbon monoxide it an odorless, colorless, deadly gas, you need to have a properly functioning carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.
Preventing Baby Burns
Don’t hold an infant while you’re cooking, eating or drinking. Before you feed your baby, make sure the temperature of the food is at a safe temperature for consumption. If you are handling pots and pans on the stove, make sure they are not facing outward to prevent to possibility of a dangerous spill.
Having a Baby Safety Kit On Hand
As parents, we always want to do everything we can to protect our babies. If you are ever facing an emergency or just want peace of mind while traveling, it’s a good idea to have a safety kit with you. These kits often include items such as: extra formula, clothing, a first-aid kit, and medicine.