This very simple but life saving list of baby and child safety tips, consists of information from books I read and the recommendations I received from doctors. These rules are to protect your vulnerable baby from hazards and house accidents while the baby is playing, eating, sleeping, while in the car 24/7.
We always have to be alert. We also have to kind of lie down and look around at their level of height to identify and get rid of all hazards that might affect our baby’s safety. We also have to train the person who is taking care of our baby in these areas as well. We also have to make sure that other people such as grandmas, aunts, teachers, responsible personnel at schools, day cares adhere to the same rules. Our babies are extremely vulnerable so we have to be very careful.
I don’t know how many mothers I can reach with this post, but even if I can prevent one baby from having an accident with my safety list, I will feel my mission is accomplished!
While the baby is sleeping:
- Make sure your baby is sleeping on his side or on his back. If the baby is sleeping face down and he/she vomits, the fluid might go back into his/her windpipe and cause suffocation. A doctor informed me about this at a meeting I attended about baby care, during my pregnancy.
- The safest way for the baby to sleep is in a crib with railings. Do not trust pillows or folder blankets around putting your baby on a bed without railings.
- Baby’s mattress pad are not recommended.
- Objects such as baby pillows, covers, blankets, stuffed animals and other similar items should not be left in the bed which might cause suffocation or SIDS. Even though it seems as if babies can’t move, and it does not pose a threat, it is dangerous.
- Babies can sleep without pillows. If you need to raise baby’s head due to congestion or reflux, you can do that by raising the crib mattress from underneath using a wedge.
- If you need to cover the baby in cold weather, instead of using a thick blanket or cover, use sleep sacks or wearable baby blankets . In the first three months you can also use swaddling blankets as well.
- Use fitted sheets for your crib mattress.
- There should not be any plush animals or toys in the bed. Murphy works overtime. It is not worth risking baby’s health just for a nice display.
- Never leave baby unattended with a baby bottle. Even if your baby has started holding the bottle, he/she might fall asleep and milk might go through the wrong pipe and cause the baby to get choked.
- The safest way is to have hard mattress pad, empty crib and sleep sacks.
While breastfeeding your baby:
- Though I was not successful with it, there are many mothers who prefer nursing while lying down. Being a person who is able to fall asleep in an upright position in a nursing chair, I am sure it is very easy to fall asleep while breast feeding in a lying down position. Therefore, there is a greater risk for your baby to suffocate under you or under the cover. I can’t think of anything else but suggesting you to nurse while sitting.