There’s little in this world more precious than a baby. But as precious as babies are, they’re also quite vulnerable. Babies are physically less resilient than adults, and they don’t have the knowledge and understanding required to keep themselves out of harm’s way.
For example, a baby doesn’t see a coin on the floor in the same way an adult does. We see a coin and think, “I will pick up that quarter, put it safely in my pocket, and use it towards making a purchase in the future.” A baby sees that same coin and thinks, “I am going to eat that.”
September is Baby Safety Month, the perfect time to think about making your home baby-safe.
Whether you’re an expecting parent, new parent, or new grandparent, you should plan on making your home safe for babies. A wayward coin isn’t the only thing that seems harmless to an adult but can harm a baby. There are a number of hidden risks or dangers that you should address to help protect small children.
- Babies are not known for their sense of balance. Sharp corners on furniture can pose a risk to a wobbly baby or toddler. Try and remove furniture that could harm your baby, or at least cover, pad, or otherwise protect corners on furniture.
- A baby does not understand the concept of unstable objects. Low-standing lamps, television sets, or other objects that aren’t secured may tip over if tugged on by a curious baby.
- Electrical outlets seem quite inviting to babies. They’re practically at eye level, and seem quite interesting. They make electrical outlet covers that are designed to keep babies from playing with the outlet. You can also move furniture to cover the outlets so the baby can’t reach them.
- Babies like to wander. Turn your head for a second and they are liable to take off. Baby gates can keep your little one from wandering too far. These are especially important to have around stairs.
- Move all dangerous items out of reach. A curious baby can open low cabinets and play with whatever lies inside. If you normally keep your cleaning supplies under the sink, move them to a high shelf in the garage. It’s also a good idea to invest in some cabinet locks or closures, but you shouldn’t rely on these.
- Draw cords on window blinds can pose a threat to your baby’s safety. Tie the cords up out of reach, to keep your baby protected.
- Babies typically consider everything edible. Make sure not to leave electrical cords out and easy for a baby to get to. Tape them down, or tuck them out of reach.
Of course, there are other things to consider when it comes to the safety of your baby. Bring your baby in for regular check ups and make sure he or she gets the appropriate vaccinations. Your baby’s safety, health, and well-being are important. Providing a safe environment and regular doctor visits can help make sure your baby remains happy and healthy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you bring your baby in for examinations at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months in their first year. At Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, we have a separate Wellness Clinic for these examinations and well child visits so that your infant is not unnecessarily exposed to illnesses.