Bringing home a new, tiny, sweet baby always opens our hearts and brings out fears and worry over this new bundle of joy. We can't bear to imagine anything harming her and all we want is for her to have good health and happiness. The entire household is taken over with care when a new little one arrives. Appropriately for us, September is Baby Safety Month! For Friday Faves, we decided to share some important baby/child safety products that you may or may not have thought about.
Baby Safety Products
Of course, pool fence companies will vary from city to city and state to state, so you will have to check locally. But, having a fence around your pool when you have children is so important. There are drownings every year in Phoenix that could be avoided with a proper fence and supervision.
The type of fence Lindsey and Austin had put in was like this one. The cost is around $100 for a 10 foot section that is 4 feet tall if you purchase this one from Amazon and install it yourself. It seems like in this case a professional installation may be the way to go.
A couple of weeks ago, my son Tyler and his wife went to Disneyland with cousins. Child harnesses have really come a long way! But, they enjoyed the one they got for Spencer just as much as I did many years ago. Look at these options:
- Lay newborns on their backs to sleep. 23 years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their recommendation from stomach sleeping to back sleeping. Since that time, the incidents of SIDs decreased dramatically. My oldest 4 babies were stomach sleepers, but my younger 2 were born after the change, and I was suspicious but went along with it. But, when you see the statistics, you don’t want to take any chances. Give your babies tummy time when they are awake, and you are with them.
- Always use a car seat when you are driving or riding with your infant. There is no excuse or reason not to use one. Babies can’t brace themselves and will fly forward much easier than a heavier adult when there is only a small lurch while riding in a car. That can lead to serious injury or even fatality. Here is the car seat that Alicia recommends. She loves it.
- Do not leave your baby unattended on a raised surface, like a couch or a counter top. You never know at what age a baby will roll over. I have had some do it very early and others very late. Sometimes they roll over accidentally and then not again for a long time. So, it is never safe to leave them while you turn around, even for a few seconds. That also goes for setting them in an infant seat or bouncy seat above the ground. They get kicking those little legs and can end up sliding right off to the hard floor.
- Never leave your baby in the car unattended. The results of this situation are heart wrenching! I understand the situation, especially if you have had a change in routine and forgotten that you were the one driving the baby that day. Perhaps the baby fell asleep and is super quiet and you just forget he is in the car with you. If you have a lot on your mind, it may be worth it to get an alarm that reminds you to check for the baby. Alicia suggests putting your purse or briefcase or house keys next to the baby’s car seat so that you will be reminded to get your baby out of the car.
- Never leave your baby in the tub or around water unattended! Not even for a minute! Lindsey’s fave addresses this subject when it comes to pools, but it is equally important when it comes to the bath tub.
The best rule that I can leave you with is to love your babies unconditionally, have fun with them, cuddle them and you will keep them safe because you will be with them enjoying your time as a mother, aunt or grandmother!
Now, get in there and enjoy those kids! And, if you have any products that you love because they help to keep your kids safe, please let us know!