Having a baby is both a blessing and a challenge. Introducing a new life to the world is no small task, and you need to be prepared for everything if you want to raise one right. Here are some of the most important tips you need to remember to keep your baby safe at all times.
Remove Sharp Objects from Baby’s Reach
Babies will hold onto anything they can get their hands-on, and that includes sharp objects. You’d be surprised what they can reach despite their age. A great place to start would be the baby’s living quarters. If they’re sleeping in the same room as you, you’ll want to remove any nearby scissors, razors, and the like from near the cradle, playpen, or crib.
Even if the baby won’t go near certain areas of the house, it’s best to stow them away for good measure. For example, try keeping your set of knives inside a cupboard or drawer when not in use. This will become especially useful when your baby grows up to be a toddler. They’ll start walking around and try reaching everything they can, so it’s best to form the habit as soon as possible.
Keep the Temperatures Right
Babies can’t talk, and it can be difficult for first-time parents to tell if their baby is uncomfortable if they aren’t crying. Even the slightest of temperature changes can end up with your baby feeling unwell or sick, which can be a terrible situation to be in.
That’s why it’s best to let your baby stay in a cool environment where they won’t feel overheated at all. That’s not to say the baby should be in an air-conditioned room at all times - as long as the room temperature’s cool enough, they should be fine.
Don’t Smoke Near the Baby
If you or your spouse smokes, be sure to do so away from the baby. Unlike adult lungs, baby lungs are incredibly sensitive as they’re still in the process of growing. It’ll be decades before the baby’s lungs fully develop, and you don’t want them inhaling any sort of smoke. Even if the effects may not seem obvious at first, they may come back to haunt them later in life. If you must smoke, do so outside your living quarters. Smoke travels quite far, so even if you’re in a different room, it can find its way to your baby.
Always Keep an Eye on Your Baby While Bathing
Bathing is a very important time for your baby, as it puts them at serious risk if unattended. Be sure to free up your schedule if you’re bathing your baby, as they will need your undivided attention. Leaving them for even a few seconds can be incredibly dangerous. Be very careful when you bathe them.
Hide Toxic Products and Chemicals
Like with sharp objects, babies and toddlers will be interested in commercial products such as dishwashing soap and detergent, as they do look similar to food or drink. Because of this, always store these chemicals either high-up in cupboards or locked away so that they don’t get to reach for them if you ever leave them unattended.
Buy Specialized Car Seats
Baby car seats are a must for babies that join in for a ride. They’re not large enough to fit in a regular seat, and any rough movement during the ride can hurt them if not seated properly. We highly recommend buying a new baby car seat instead of purchasing a used one. This ensures that the seat will last you long enough until they grow out of it.
Get a Baby Monitor
Some parents may not have the luxury of staying with their child 24/7. Having a baby monitor or baby camera can help keep a watchful eye over your child while you’re away, and with modern technologies, you can even supervise them over your smartphone.
Babies and toddlers alike are prone to all sorts of risks even before they learn how to walk. By keeping your home safe from any possible harm, you’ll be able to enjoy watching your child grow up with you.