Babies learn by discovering things from their surroundings. When your baby begins to move around the floor and eat solid food, there are some considerations to keep in mind to keep them safe. This is why gadgets such as baby thermometers are important to have at home.
You play an important part in keeping your child safe, regardless of his or her age. We have resources and tools to help you safeguard your baby, toddler, child, or adolescent from harm and violence.
We all want our children to be happy and healthy. Every day, that requires thought and effort. When a new baby enters the home, parents must protect their child from harm.
If you have a child in your home, you must ensure their safety. Children have no concept of danger. Babies become curious as they grow. Because of these factors, you might have to make some changes in your home to keep them safe.
Here are some tips to keep a child safe from health and environmental risks:
Use A High Chair
A high chair can be used when your baby is 5 or 6 months old and can sit in a chair without assistance. To prevent the chair from tipping over, the base should be wider than the top. Check that the tray latches firmly. When your baby is in the high chair, always use a 5-point harness and never leave your child alone in the chair for more than a minute.
Restrict Usage Of Certain Toys
Marbles, plastic bags, balloons, magnets, and toys with tiny loose parts or buttons can all harm your baby if swallowed. Crib toys should not have chewable or swallowable parts. Toys should not be tied to the crib. The string can entangle the baby’s neck, fingers, and toes. Any toy that can fit through a cardboard toilet tissue roll is too small for children under the age of three.
Beware Of Bathtubs
Never ever leave your child all alone in the bathtub, hot tub, or backyard pool for more than a few seconds. Take your child with you if you must consider leaving for any reason. Young children can drown in a small amount of water very quickly. To keep your baby from slipping while bathing, use a plastic dish pan or infant tub with a non-skid mat.
To avoid burning the baby’s sensitive skin, always check the water with your elbow first to make sure that the temperature is appropriate for your baby’s skin.
Learn About Breastfeeding Needs
Breastfeeding will always be the best option for your child. If you are bottle feeding your baby, hold them while they feed, and do not bring them to bed with a bottle. Your baby may be ready to begin solid food as early as 6 months of age.
In the first 9 months, milk is the most important part of the diet for babies. Until your baby is 8–9 months old, give him or her breastmilk or formula before solid food. Breastmilk (or formula) and water are the best drinks for your baby; avoid giving them other drinks.
Install Safety Gates In Your Home
To prevent children from falling through the windows and stairs, safety gates should be installed at the top and bottom of the stairs. Second-floor windows should be locked or have a window guard installed. Furniture should be moved away from the windows to prevent small children from climbing up and falling out.
Set Up A Safe Crib
When putting up the crib, keep it away from any corded items. The crib must not have protruding corner posts. Corner posts are areas of the crib that can get tangled with items that can wrap around a child’s neck or on clothing worn by the child. Remove the corner posts by unscrewing them or sawing them off.
The mattress should be snug against the crib’s sides. If an infant’s head or the body becomes jammed between the mattress and the crib sides, they can suffocate. No more than two fingers should fit between the mattress and the crib’s side. If the mattress is too small, place rolled towels between it and the crib.
Kids start to use their large and small muscles in new ways during the toddler years. They work on their running, jumping, kicking, and throwing skills. Many children, though unsteady at first, begin to climb stairs by the age of two. Most toddlers who practice frequently have mastered stairs by the age of two and a half and are able to begin climbing more difficult playground equipment.
As their mobility grows, so do the potential dangers. They require close supervision, particularly when climbing. Playground surfacing in areas where children play outside, like playground surfacing for children of all ages, must cushion toddlers’ many falls. For children of this age, safety gates are an essential piece of safety equipment.