Taking Your First Steps to Baby Safety

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Taking those first steps in learning how to protect your infant can be overwhelming. In honor of Baby Safety Awareness month, we have put together a beginner’s guide to help insure your baby’s safety.

Sleep Safety

Test the safety of the crib that you have chosen for your infant by making sure their head, hands or feet can not get stuck in the bars of the crib. Choose a firm mattress that fits the crib snug so there is not a chance your baby will fall through the gaps. Clear your crib of stuff animals, toys, bumpers or extra blankets before you put your baby to sleep to prevent suffocation. If you are worried about your baby getting cold, try using a sleep sack to keep your baby warm throughout the night. If you want your baby to be within arm’s reach, put them in a crib that attaches to the side of your bed.

Child Passenger Safety

Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. When buying a car seat, check the label to make sure it is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. Use either the car’s seat belt or latch system to lock the car seat in place. Once your car seat is installed, tug at the base where the seat belt goes through. A properly installed seat will not move more than one inch.

Choking Hazards and Poison Prevention

Anything that is between the size of a dime or a quarter can get stuck in your infant’s throat. Properly cut your baby’s food and do not leave bowls of candy or nuts in arms reach. Check to make sure you are buying the right toy for you baby’s age in case of any small parts or potential choking hazards. Check you child’s current toys to make sure they have not been recalled. Store poisonous items out of reach and store medicine in safety locked cabinets. To put your mind at ease, take a CPR class for infants and post the Poison Control Center number in your home in case of emergencies.

Safety Classes

Bayhealth offers several different classes throughout the year to help teach you ways to keep your child safe. At Bayhealth’s infant care series, parents will learn how to take care of their baby safely once they arrive. The class topics include diapering, care of skin, safety, newborn characteristics, sleep and crying. At Bayhealth’s safe sitter class, medical professionals teach boys and girls ages 12 to 15 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Bayhealth also offers a CPR class to teach anyone how to give CPR to infants, children and adults.

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