There’s nothing quite like parenthood, with its milestones and bittersweet moments, as you probably can attest to if you have recently become a parent yourself. But let’s be honest, it can be quite stressful. Not only will you have to put up with sleepless nights and changes to your lifestyle, but baby health issues will constantly be in the back of your mind and you will have to deal with them at some point, too. Still, it is possible to take preventative steps by focusing on your baby’s safety. So what can you do?
#1: Safety-proof your home
Unfortunately, your home –a haven and refuge for the adult family members –can be a horror house of booby-traps to a baby, and so (ideally before baby’s arrival) you need to put your “baby goggles” on and eliminate every tantalising risk. From attaching gates to entryways to removing potentially hazardous small objects, to capping power outlets from darling, dimpled fingers, there is much you will need to do to get your home baby-ready. Check out these safety-proofing tips for further ideas, and take every precaution to protect the health and wellbeing of your little one.
#2: Ensure your home is well-maintained
Safety-proofing your home is just the start as there will always be maintenance and cleaning issues that you need to get on top of. Your AC unit for example, will need to be working efficiently to play its part in helping to regulate your baby’s temperature needs at home. Contact a 24 Hour AC Service for support if it is faulty. This pains me to break it to you, but you should also get on top of your household chores, no matter how tiresome they are. A cleaner house is a safer house for your baby, so remove clutter, wipe up spills, and give your house a deep clean once in a while to remove any harmful germs and bacteria.
#3: Take a first aid course
You may have taken a first aid course in the past, but it’s a good idea to take a refresher as you need to be up-to-date on tending to injuries or handling emergency situations pertaining to your baby. Look online for courses happening near you and make signing up to something a priority. While you should still call for emergency services if you have any major concerns, your ability to take immediate action could be crucial if your baby becomes injured or unwell for any reason. Check out these baby first aid tips for advice on what to do in certain emergency situations.
#4: Focus on car safety
To ensure your baby’s safety, make sure your car is cleaned regularly and remove any object that your baby could handle and put in their mouth. Make sure their child seat is fixed in the correct position too, and be sure to buy a seat that has been certified safe. And while this probably doesn’t need to be said, remember to drive safely. Your phone does not exist while driving! Sometimes being sensible is the key to being safe.
Check out these other car safety tips for more useful suggestions.
Keeping your baby safe is every parent’s priority, and we hope this list helps get you started on that path.
Your adoring baby will reward your vigilance with their adorable coos and smiles, and you will have the peace of mind that you have done what you can to make their life in this new world as safe as possible.