So now that you have your baby home, you realize that all the guidance on parenting that you’ve received still hasn’t prepared you for living day to day with a newborn. Every baby is different and since people around you give you advice based on their baby and their experiences with their baby, it may or may not help you. We’ll give you variations on parenting information so that you can pick the advice that suits you and your baby the best.
Do you want to see your newborn baby avoid injury? Regardless of how caring and watchful you are over your newborn baby there are always extra precautions to keep your baby from being hurt.
Here are 10 practical tips to keep your baby safe:
1. Never let your baby be alone with your pet, no matter how small or harmless the animal may seem to be.
2. Never shake your baby or even throw your baby up in the air playfully.
3. Always keep an eye on your baby when you are out and about doing things like shopping, light walking, or even sitting at the playground. There are kidnappers that see strollers as a target to snatch your baby.
4. When giving your baby a bath in a large tub be sure to place a towel or rubber placements at the bottom to avoid slipping.
5. Always sit your baby in a car seat when driving. Babies can be easily injured if you get into an accident, so be sure also to pay attention to the road. Avoid talking on a eating, cell phone, or any other activity that will take your attention away from your driving.
6. Avoid the use of any strings with your baby’s belongings, toys, or anything around the house – including keeping phone cords and cords for blinds hidden. Babies have a tendency to grab strings and cords and accidentally choke.
7. Keep your baby away from any open window that is not being watched over by yourself. In fact, it would be wise to keep your baby from any open windows – period.
8. If you have to have a baby sitter to watch over your baby, be sure that they are at least 16 years or older, have been trained in infant safety and CPR, and make sure their references are solid.
9. Never leave your baby alone in a room with another child 6 years of age or younger. Children in this age group tend to play roughly with babies as if they were dolls.
10. If you are changing your baby on a changing table it is vital never to turn your back even for a split second. Babies can roll over in a heartbeat and harm themselves.