Safety Tips For New Parents

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013. Filed under: Baby Care Baby Health

Raffa/car seatBeing a new parent can be a bittersweet experience. It’s a timewhen your bundle of joy takes centre stage, with their cute smiles and giggles bringing you joy and their vulnerability giving you sleepless nights. That very moment when they discover that the world around them needs to be conquered is where your parenting skills are tested to the max.

So how do we, as parents, raise our children in a safe environment without hindering their inquisitive minds? Let’s explore a couple of tried and tested methods.

Everything looks like food to your baby

Sigmund Freud once noted the need for oral gratification as a major part of early childhood development. When infants discover that they can use their hands to pick stuff up, they’ll most likely pick up anything and everything and put it in their mouth. It’s important to put away potentially hazardous chemicals, drugs or anything that could cause serious injury or illness if ingested so that your baby doesn’t have access to them. To keep children preoccupied, purchase toys that are endorsed by a reputable health organisation and regularly sterilise them in hot water.

Your home, their jungle

When your child learns to crawl and eventually walk, things can become a little bit tricky. You can’t keep your eyes on them 24/7, so install safety gates at both ends of staircases, padding on sharp corners of tables and chairs, and insulation on electric cables as well as childproof cabinets where possible. Fitting a playpen is also advisable, but do keep in mind that your child still needs to explore, so make it large enough for them to walk about. Also, place safe toys in it to keep them preoccupied and stimulated.

Never sleep in the same bed as your baby, breaking that pattern when your baby gets older will be incredibly hard to break. Instead get a crib with railings that do not exceed 2 3/8 inches of separation, to ensure the safety of your baby,

Driving to the mall

The law in every country requires that a child be seated in a suitable booster seat when in a vehicle, preferably one with a five star safety rating. You will have a choice between baby seats that are secured by means of a seatbelt or ISOFIX. The latter allows you to easily and safely attach and detach the child safety seat and is more reliable, so check if your vehicle has the anchorage system in place and rather purchase a safety seat that is compliant with ISOFIX. Also make sure are aware of the laws in your country or state regarding child safety in cars.

In Conclusion

Consult with a paediatrician if your child shows signs of a serious illness or injury. However,  as fragile as your baby might be, remember that they are  designed to withstand the bumps and bruises and aren’t nearly as fragile as you believe them to be. So we must protect them, but also avoid isolating them from their newly discovered kingdom.

Shirley, a mother of two, knows the importance of child safety at home. She always makes sure the baby car seat is well secured in the car, and you should definitely do the same.

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