Safety Basics for Expectant Moms
Preparing to take your baby home and raising them can be very exciting as well as challenging at the same time. As the primary caregivers of your baby, keeping your baby well-fed and safe are the top two priorities. Especially if you are a first-time mother, there are various new things you will come across like soothing your wailing baby or how to latch the baby for feeding and caring for them. The first year of the child is crucial, as you are getting to know your baby and its requirements while trying to keep them from any harm and danger. This article will give you a checklist for your baby’s safety which will guide you through the first year of your newborn without a hassle.
Handling Your Baby
The first and foremost safety tip is to hold your baby properly. Wash your hands before handling a baby as their immune system is weak and are at a high risk of contracting an infection. While carrying the baby hold the head by supporting the neck with one hand and scooping the rest of the body within the elbow of the other hand. Never shake a baby, as it can lead to bleeding in the brain or sudden death. Avoid any activity which is bouncy or rough as they are not ready for any extreme situation.
Bed Time Safety
Infants sleep in intervals of 3-4 hours and not through the night. As they have small digestive systems, they feel hungry every couple of hours. Keep the crib clean with no stuffed animals, quilts, pillows that have the potential to suffocate the baby. Put them to sleep in a crib to avoid any accidents occurring from sleeping on an adult or shared bed.
According to What To Expect, “How your baby lies down and gets to sleep is a matter of safety, not just comfort. Experts agree that you should put him down on his back to prevent overheating and reduce the risk of SIDS. While tummy time is great when the baby is awake, if he falls asleep face-down, make sure to gently maneuver him onto his back for an extended dozing session. These newborn safe sleep practices will give you more information to help your baby sleep safely and soundly.”
Bath Time Safety
Give your baby a sponge bath up until 4 weeks or till the umbilical cord heals. Bathe your newborn just twice or thrice in a week during their first year to avoid drying the skin. Dip the clean cloth or cotton in a warm bowl of water gently working from the face to their feet. Keep the water and bath products at a safe distance from the baby. Cover the baby in a towel immediately after a bath to prevent them from getting chills. Dab them dry and moisturize them before diapering and dressing them. Once you switch to tub bathing, ensure the water is the right temperature before placing them in water. The water should not be over 2-3 inches deep. Support the head with your hand and to constantly keep the chest-up above water.
The basic essential for traveling with your infant in a car is a federally approved car seat for your baby’s safety. Read the instructions to secure the baby in the car seat in the right way without choking the baby. Place the safety in the middle of the back seat to keep an eye on them while driving. Keep the car seat facing the rear of the vehicle as recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Never carry the baby in your arms or lap and always use the safety seats to help keep the baby secure.
Babies are wiggly and are susceptible to accidents if there are any loose strings in their vicinity. Clothes with drawstrings are also illegal now considering the hazards attached to it. Infant seaters, strollers, slings all have potential risks of strangulating your baby if not secured properly. While trying to keep your baby warm during her sleep, ensure the blanket is thin and tucked properly to prevent any lumps that could lead to suffocating your baby.
Never leave your baby alone on the couch, bed, changing table or their car seat as they can roll over and fall. Place the baby carrier on the floor and not any alleviated surface to prevent them from any fall. Place the furniture against the wall to secure the baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics avoid walkers of any speed or kind as they have the potential of hurting your baby. Always keep an eye on them as a moment of absence can lead to a hazardous accident. Preparing for the worst will help you glide through the first year of your baby like a pro.
Author Bio: Roselin Raj is a journalist and a writer. She has been writing extensively on health and wellness related topics for a little over a decade now. Besides her professional interests, she loves a game of basketball or a good hike in her free time to fuel her spirits. “Health is wealth” is one motto of life which she lives by as well as advocates to every reader who comes across her blogs.