September is Baby Safety Month! It’s a great time to go through the house and yard and make sure that everything is secure for the little ones you love. While keeping your baby safe can seem overwhelming, we try to make it easier with this list of check-ups:
Car Seat: Double check that your baby’s car seat is properly installed by referring the the vehicle owner’s manual, or stopping by your local police station.
Pools and Hot Tubs: Make sure any water features in your yard are surrounded by a five foot fence that locks. When out of season, cover these features with a safety cover.
Fire Plan: Does your family have an escape plan in case of fire. Make sure everyone knows where the best exits are located from their room, as well as the safety point to meet once everyone is out.
Smoke Alarms: Smoke alarms should be checked twice a year, and placed inside and outside of each bedroom as well as other main areas of the house.
Slat safety: While retro is in, your baby’s crib is not the place to step back in time. Make sure your child’s crib slats are less than 2 3/8inches apart, and firmly secured in place.
Crib Check: While you’re at the baby’s crib, make sure it is not near electrical outlets, lamps, or windows with hanging curtains or cords. Don’t hang picture frames above the baby’s crib as a bang against the wall could cause it to fall and hurt your little one.
Toys: Make sure the condition of all of your baby’s toys is up to par. Remove those with sharp edges, loose parts, or any that are falling apart. Check water toys for mold and discard them immediately if found.
Pacifiers: These should be checked regularly to make sure they are not falling apart or separating from the base.
Stroller: Check the brakes to ensure they click tightly in place and don’t allow any movement. Also, double check the safety straps to make sure the pieces fit securely and aren’t blocked by small items that may have fallen into the locking components.
High Chair: Clean your high chair monthly to make sure dried food isn’t drawing unwanted pests such as ants. When baby is in it, make sure you keep it far from the stove and oven to keep baby safe from heat and fire.
Cabinets: While your baby may not yet be mobile, you’ll be surprised how fast that can happen. Install safety latches on all cabinets on baby’s level and check that they are secure.
Medicine: Place medicine in a high cabinet that is out of baby’s reach and can be secured or locked.
Yard Detail: Before you put baby outside, do a double take around your yard. Don’t leave equipment, chemicals, or unused containers out where a child could get into them.
Keeping your baby safe can be a full time job. While there’s a lot to think about, it does get easier over time. Before long, you’ll be a baby-safety pro, just in time for toddlerhood. Stop by MacroBaby’s New Website for all your baby safety needs.
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013