September is Baby Safety Month

posted: 09/19/16
by: Katherine Sosnoff
baby safety

September is baby safety month and I personally have a great reminder of the need for babyproofing and safety precautions daily. While I thought my husband and I had proactively taken steps to make our home more safe, our newly-walking/running toddler has poked some serious holes in our baby proofing system. Whether its babyproofing the house or making sure your carseat is installed correctly, check out some of the resources below to make sure you keep your precious little bundle safe.

  1. Baby Proofing 101:

    • Baby Gates: Baby gates are tricky; there are umpteenth options and it can be overwhelming to figure out what you need. If there is a room that's dangerous or a spot you simply don't want your kid to be; set up a gate. Any gates at the top of a stair must be hardware mounted, as a pressure mount can be pushed over, and you should ensure it swings open easily with nothing to trip over at the base. Also, as the weather cools down and fireplaces come into use, you can find gates designed specifically to block the hearth and made of heat-resistant materials.

    • Outlet Covers: Some of the more basic covers that simply ?plug up' the outlets can actually easily be removed by babies and are indeed a choking hazard. Look for covers that slide over the outlets (allowing you to plug and unplug something easily, while covering the outlets when not in use). Easy and kid-proof (for now).

    • Furniture Straps: This was one that I never saw the need for (surely, I figured, a parent would notice their child climbing up a dresser), until our son decided that every apparatus within a 50 foot radius is essentially a makeshift jungle gym. It can happen within a split second, so bolting down furniture is key.

  2. Sleep Environment: We covered some of the issues with sleep risks in a recent post, but it's important for parents to be clear on the latest guidelines: the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs, in their own crib, on a flat, firm mattress, with no crib bumpers, stuffed animals, pillows or blankets.

  3. Carseat Safety: One thing I have heard from veteran parents is that safety recommendations are changing at lightening speed; making sure you're up to speed on the latest recommendations is key. While laws in states are different, the recommendations from the National Highway Transit Safety Authority are clear: children should rear-face as long as possible, until they have outgrown height and weight requirements for their specific carseat. Make sure to check your exact car seat manual for height and weight specifications when purchasing any carseat. Make sure

your carseat is installed safely by having an expert take a look; you can check here for resources in your area.