Top 5 Tips For Keeping Your Baby Safe
Safe Kids Worldwide Shares Important Baby Safety Advice for Parents and Caregivers
It is a known fact that today’s parents have many responsibilities, but we also know first-hand that there is nothing more important to parents and caregivers than the health and safety of their children. That’s why this September’s Baby Safety Month is an ideal time to review and put into action some simple steps to help keep your baby safe. By following the guidelines below, you can ensure you are creating a safe space for your baby to grow, learn and play.
Tip #1 - Create a Safe Sleeping Environment
Make sure babies sleep on their backs and in their own crib. Room sharing is a safer option than having your baby sleep in bed with you.
Choose a firm mattress and a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s crib. Keep cribs clear of toys and soft bedding, and place them away from windows and blinds.
Tip #2 - Use the Right Car Seat the Right Way
Your baby is safest riding in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, until at least age 2. Get more details about how to choose the right car seat. After selecting the right car seat for your child, refer to this Safe Kids checklist to make sure you buckle up the right way on every ride.
Tip #3 - Play It Safe with Water
Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
Check the water temperature with your wrist or elbow before giving your baby a bath. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalds.
Tip #4 - Keep Medicine Up and Away
Put all medicine up and away, out of children’s reach and sight. Remind guests and relatives to keep purses, bags and anything that may have medicine away from curious babies and toddlers. Save the Poison Help number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222. Specialists at poison control centers can answer questions about how to give medicine and help with poison emergencies.
Tip #5 - Protect Against Serious Falls
Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have the right safety gate for your needs. Install window guards or stops to help prevent falls from windows and make sure windows are accessible in case of a fire emergency.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds from an injury that could have been prevented. Safe Kids is a go-to resource to help parents keep kids safe from car crashes, fires, falls, poisoning and more. Through more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and partners in more than 30 countries, Safe Kids works with children’s hospitals, trauma centers, first responders and public health experts to get life-saving information to families. Together, we can help all kids grow up healthy and safe. Join our efforts at www.safekids.org.