Mother nature has made young babies extremely hardy. They can survive numerous topples from the bed without getting injured, their necks don’t snap when you forget to support their heads and they are quick to forgive you if you have scratched them by mistake while dressing them.
Despite this, most infants and young babies are very vulnerable and can get themselves into serious trouble if left unattended. To protect your babies and safeguard them, here are some ‘must follow’ tips. Follow these tips all the time.
Safety Tips For A Small Baby
Never drive around with a baby in the lap or carelessly huddled on the back seat. Always strap them up in a sturdy car seat, which has been specifically designed for their age and size. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions while strapping them up.
You MUST strap them up in the car seat even if you are going out for a short drive and are driving at the speed of 30 km/hr. Do not drink and drive especially if you have a baby in the car and do not allow anyone else to do so either.
Bathing the Baby
Young babies are slippery and not sure-footed like their toddler counterparts. A lot of infants and babies get dangerously injured due to bathroom accidents.
If you are bathing the baby in a tub, make sure you place a towel underneath his bottom to prevent him/her from slipping in the tub. Support the baby’s back, neck and head with one hand while you bathe the baby.
Don’t Leave The Baby Alone
Most mothers tend to get careless sometimes. Never leave the baby unattended on the bed even for a second. It does not take long for a young baby to unknowingly reach out and fall off.
If you have to reach out for something or need to fetch something from another room, take the baby with you. The same rule applies for the cot, sofa, couch and the baby basket.
Never leave the baby alone on a kitchen counter, table or elevated surface. Do not place the infant basket on a table. Never leave a baby unattended, alone in a car even if you have to run a quick errand. Babies are known to die of heat and suffocation.
Pets and Younger Siblings
The baby should never be left alone with a pet in the house no matter how well trained and loyal the pet is.
While younger siblings can keep a watchful eye on babies in your presence, do not leave the baby alone with them.
Baby Sitter Safety
Never leave the baby with a sitter who is under 14 years of age. Children under 14 are officially minors and lack the judgement and wherewithal to give good care to a baby.
Slightly older sitters should be properly screened and interviewed before hiring them.
Make sure you have your baby by your side when you take him/her for a walk in the park. Babies are the prime target for abduction and kidnapping.
Holding the Baby
Hold and cuddle the baby gently. Never shake or jiggle them vigorously and never throw them up in the air. If you miss, the baby will have a very bad fall and could sustain a head injury.
Other Safety Aspects
Never leave the baby with toys that have strings, cords and laces attached to them. Do not leave a baby next to electrical appliances, which have cords hanging. All of these can strangulate the baby as he/she sleeps. Do not place a baby next to an unguarded window or a window, which does not have grills.