Right after I got that + sign on a pregnancy test, I went into mom hyper-overdrive (yes, I was intentionally redundant). I wanted to do all of the research and make sure I had my “i’s” dotted and my “t’s” crossed. It wasn’t so much about the name brands and how things looked, but about safety. We wanted to make sure we kept our precious gift as safe and out of harms way as humanly possible.
Of course, that means that we did overlook some things and had to learn from our mistakes (as most parents do) and thankfully, nothing ended up catastrophic.
In honor of Baby Safety Month I thought it would be a good time to remind everybody of those ever important baby safety tips. So many of these are things that we didn’t think were necessary (big mistake) or just didn’t realize we needed to do.
Store all cleaning supplies in their original containers and out of reach of children. Even if they are out of reach, kids get curious, so make sure those cabinet doors are also locked. Making sure you keep everything in the original container is also very important.
Since becoming an Ambassador for the American Cleaning Institute’s KEY Pledge Laundry Safety Campaign, I’ve made sure to take the Key Pledge. Will you do the same and pledge that you will practice safe laundry routines? By doing so, you are entered to win a $2,500 Amex gift card for a laundry room makeover!
Use baby gates (we’ve been through a couple and by far this is our favorite) at the top and bottom of the stairs. I’m here to tell you that you will never be fast enough and never be everywhere to catch or stop them. Most importantly, make sure that everybody in the family that goes through a gate closes the gate on the other side.
Also remember that you must be vigilant when they are practicing on the stairs, too. Falling down a couple stairs when you are right there can result in a broken leg.
Bolt all furniture to the wall. Seriously. Do it. The safety brackets are inexpensive and they take just a couple minutes to install. You don’t think your child is a climber, and maybe they aren’t. But, it took pulling out one too many drawers for it to happen to our oldest and it’s terrifying.
Also make sure you have drawers that have stops and can’t be pulled all the way out. Babies become Hercules and can do things I never imagined.
You know those little cards that come with all of your baby gear to register it? Fill them out. Most of them can even be done online now. They will alert you if there is a recall and tell you how to fix it so that you and your baby stay safe.
Have a car seat that is the correct size and know how to install it properly. Know that you will see people that use their car seats incorrectly, but educate yourself. I thought it was safe to put my baby’s car seat in the top of a shopping cart. It’s not. Falls happen all the time and it can actually break the mechanism in the carseat. Don’t use a carseat in the top part of a store cart
I used to have my girls wear their jackets in their carseats, and then I learned that you can’t get the harness safe enough and my baby could actually slip out in an accident. Don’t use a jacket under car seat straps
Around the House
If you have a pet, make sure the water bowl isn’t at kid level. On the same note, don’t leave your baby unattended in the bathtub or on the changing table. They are quick!
Keep a first aid kit in the car/diaper bag and one at home. Mine has come in handy more times than I ever would have imagined.
Cover your electrical outlets with covers or swap them for kid safe versions.
What advice do you have to remind us of for Baby Safety Month? Make sure you take the Key Pledge for a chance to win a $2,500 Amex gift card for a laundry room makeover!
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