10 Important Things You Should Know About Newborn Safety

 
Published:17 July 2019Back to posts

a guest post by Sandra Sandroval, the founder of Babyzeen.com, a website dedicated to providing reliable, easy to understand and science-backed pregnancy and parenting advice.

Even before your little baby enters the world or even make their first cry, you worry about their safety. Due to their heightened sensitivity, babies are prone to a lot of hazards in addition to injuries and illnesses. However, with a little care, all these can be avoided. For more tips on how to ensure your newborn safety, keep reading this guide.

Accidental Falls

According to United States records, around 8000 children are admitted to hospital as a result of accidental falls. To prevent your baby from falling, you can take the following measures.

  • Put them in a playpen or crib if you cannot hold them
  • Use a 5-point harness to keep them in place when they are in a pram or highchair
  • Keep baby carriers, bouncing cradles or car seats on the floor
  • Watch your feet when carrying your baby and keep toys away from the stairs
  • When the baby starts to crawl istall safety gates to keep areas such as stairways away from your baby
  • Keep doors to certain rooms closed
  • Install operable window guards and safety locks on windows on the first floor and above
  • Close the balcony railings gaps
  • Keep the cot free of bumpers and toys
  • Avoid using baby walkers

Safety during sleep

To prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it is best to keep the baby's crib free of toys, loose beddings, or blankets.

Other safety measures include:

  • The crib slats should not have a space of more than 2 3/8 inches between them
  • The end panels should be flush with the corner posts
  • Avoid dressing your baby in clothes that can overheat
  • Ensure the temperature of the baby’s room is moderate
  • Do not nurse your baby in a chair or sofa when you are sleepy
  • If the baby falls asleep while in their car seat or carrier, pick them up and place them on a flat surface
  • Sharing a room with your baby is highly recommended

Car Safety for Newborn

The following are the safety measures when it comes to car seats:

  • Purchase a car seat that is federally approved
  • Stick to the instructions as well as your car’s manual when installing
  • Always use the car seat when your baby is inside your car even if it is their first time (newborns)
  • Car seats for babies less than two years should face the back
  • The car seat should always stay at the back seat, preferably, the middle back seat
  • When riding in a truck (a car with no back seat) with your baby, turn off all the airbags
  • Never leave your baby in the car alone, even for a second

Safety from burns

Never smoke around your baby, whether in the house or outdoors. Have a proper smoke alarm in your house, especially around the furnace and the sleeping areas, and make sure you have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your house.

Also, do the following:

  • Keep baby away from hot foodstuff
  • The hottest temperature of the faucet should not exceed 120 degrees F
  • If the baby gets burned, do first aid immediately then call the doctor 

Pet safety

Even though pets are lovely companions to babies, they can also seriously injure your baby. To avoid such cases, do the following:

  • Never leave your baby alone with the pet
  • Be on the lookout for any jealousy signs from your pet
  • Keep pet’s nails trimmed at all times to prevent them from scratching the baby
  • Teach the pet about obedience
  • To maintain peace, keep the pet’s toys separate from your baby’s toys

Bathing safety

By following the precautions below, you can maintain safety at the time of bathing your baby.

  • Maintain the temperature of the water heater at 120 Degree F
  • Never leave your baby alone in the bath ring or tub
  • Keep appliances away from the water and the bathing areas and remember to unplug them when not in use
  • Clear the water from the bath ring or tub once you take your baby out

Choking hazard and feeding Safety

Out of all the daily newborn safety measures, safe feeding is probably the most important. The following are some precautions to keep your baby safe during feeding

  • Never heat baby’s milk by placing the milk bottle in the microwave
  • Test the milk's temperature by placing a bit of the content on your wrist or palm before feeding the baby
  • Never leave your child alone with the bottle in their mouth
  • Avoid feeding the baby with foods that can easily choke them
  • Use restraining straps to prevent the baby from falling out of their highchair
  • Always feed the baby with small pieces of solid food once they begin eating solid food
  • Keep small objects away from your baby

 Safety Against Strangulation

To prevent strangulation cases, adhere to the following precautions:

  • Baby’s clothes should not have strings or buttons that can choke them
  • No strings should lie around the baby’s neck or crib
  • Avoid using cot bumpers

Safety From Cuts And Poisoning

In addition to the precautions below, ensure your child never holds any glass in their hands. Dispose of glass residue safely. Use safety glass instead of regular glass for the windows and doors

To avoid poisoning cases, do the following:

  • Keep all medicines and cigarettes away from your children
  • Store laundry materials like laundry capsules and the products used for cleaning toilets, in a place where children cannot reach
  • Ensure your yard if free from any poisonous vegetation 

Crawler Safety and other precautions

Once your baby begins crawling, they are going to need extra care, To keep them safe, do the following:

  • Cover all electrical outlets
  • Keep baby away from moving machinery
  • Fence the swimming pool and keep its entrance locked
  • Keep baby safe in the sun
  • Install safety locks in all the cabinets in the house and anchor unsteady furniture
  • Make sure the kitchen area is safe
  • Ensure the toilet lid stays down at all times 

Conclusion

Most accidents at home happen because parents are not aware of safety measures. To keep the smile on your child’s face, you only need to adhere to these safety measures.