When it comes to their child’s safety, a parent will do whatever it takes to protect their little one. It’s a natural instinct that kicks in as soon as you bring your baby home from the hospital. Parents have an overwhelming need to protect baby and keep her feeling safe and loved. This is why many parents take the first step of babyproofing the home as soon as they find out they are expecting. There are several things you can do as a parent to keep your home free of hazards and ensure your child’s safety.
You may not think of swaddling as something that can harm baby, but it can if you do not know how to swaddle properly. Make sure to follow the nurse’s instructions at the hospital and do not swaddle baby too tightly as this can lead to hip dysplasia. It’s even better to purchase a zip-up swaddle that takes the guesswork out of swaddling, like the Woombie.
You never want your baby crawling anywhere near a staircase out of fear they will fall down. Close off access to any stairs in the house or “forbidden areas” like an office or garage with a baby safety gate that is easy to install. Make sure it is installed properly so there is no way for it to fall on baby.
Several products out there from clothing to shampoo and body lotion contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to baby (and yes, even those products that are made just for kids.) When shopping, make sure to read the label on everything and look for eco-friendly/organic brands. You want products that say they are non-toxic and contain no BPAs, phthalates, or parabens. Bathtime Baby & Kids is a line of natural baby skincare formulated with plant and fruit extracts to protect baby’s skin.
It is recommended that baby always be placed on her back to sleep to help reduce the risk of SIDS. This prevents baby from rebreathing her own exhaled breath. A new study also advises that parents sleep in the same room as baby for her first year. However, parents should not share the same bed with baby.
Use childproof latches for cabinets and drawers around your house, and especially in the kitchen. It’s also a good idea to move cleaning products and medicines to high cabinets that are hard to reach. Unplug your appliances and keep the cords tied up. As your child gets older he can pull on loose cords and they become a strangulation hazard.
Written by Elana Priesman, Owner of Bathtime Baby & Kids
Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby is a luxurious, eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babies that is gentle and formulated with all plant-based ingredients, skin nourishing vitamins, and antioxidants that protect and care for children’s delicate skin.
When the Bathtime Baby& Kids co-founder was expecting, she found natural/organic baby products completely greenwashed due to a corrupt industry that allows products to market themselves as natural but still contain ingredients with harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. She was motivated to create a better, safer skin care line of vegan bath products for kids. The result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, phthalate-free, petroleum-distilates-free and hypoallergenic.
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