How have you observed baby safety month this year? This annual observance falls in the month of September and this year’s focus is on the proper use of straps and harnesses on kid’s products. Whether they appear on car seats, strollers, baby carriers and booster seats, straps are put on baby gear to make it more secure for children. So, are you practicing how to use them properly?
However, it’s not just baby products that pose risks to our little ones. You’ll be shocked to discover how some things in our homes are a great risk to children’s safety.
As we continue creating awareness about baby safety this month, I share with you some of the items we all have in our homes that are surprisingly safety hazards to kids. And in the spirit of keeping our little ones safe, I want to help you prevent accidents by giving some tips on how to keep these items from harming your baby.
We love the cuddly fabrics for our toddlers. Doesn’t the velvety feel soothe the baby’s smooth and tender skin? The bumper pads and downy comforters also make their crib cozy. Unfortunately, soft bedding can wrap around your kid’s face and cause them to suffocate. There’s a lot of medical research on children health that associate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) with the use of fluffy comforters, soft toys, and thick crib bumpers in baby beds and cribs.
So, keep your baby safe by avoiding “super soft” bedding. Instead, you can use a firm mattress lined with a tight-fitting cover and bed sheet. When necessary, cover them with a lightweight blanket or dress them in a blanket sleeper to keep them warm during bedtime – but of course make sure they are made from child safe materials, and hypoallergenic if possible.
The tricky part about latex balloons is that they align with the child’s throat and obstruct breathing completely. So, if your children must play with latex balloons, make sure they do so under your supervision. Otherwise, go for Mylar balloons which are hassle-free to inflate and therefore less likely to inhale.
Second-Hand Baby Items
Hand-me-down baby products come in handy when a parent is working on a tight budget. However, some have exceeded their useful life, have missing parts or don’t meet the prevalent safety regulations. Even when they are only gently used, inspect them properly before use. Make sure there are no damaged parts, loose buckles or a missing accessory.
But, to be on the safe side, strive to get new items from brands that are known to follow the recommended safety standards for all kid’s products. This is especially important when you are purchasing a crib because older models may not be up to date in terms of the material, paint, or the space between the rails.
Many accidents and falls occur when the baby starts crawling. It’s during this time when they support themselves with anything around the house so that they can stand. Consequently, any improperly installed kitchen range can pose a great risk to your child if they lean or climb on it. For instance, it can tip over and cause the boiling meal to pour over your child. How risky? Prevent these unsightly scenes by installing anti-tip brackets on any slide-in or free-standing kitchen appliance to fasten its side legs onto the floor.
Needless to say, this advice applies to any other furniture such as bookshelves or heavy items on coffee and corner tables that can be pulled down by your child’s new-found sense of independence an curiosity.
Purses and Carry Cases
Small and medium-sized bags such as carry cases, backpacks, cosmetic bags, and pocketbooks, have items that can poison or choke a baby. They could be yours or brought to your house by guests, but in these bags, we put coins, medications, pen caps, safety pins and nail scissors, among other risky items.
Kids will only require a few seconds when you are busy talking for them to open these bags and find something interesting inside. To prevent accidents and injuries, always keep purses and luggage away in a closet or a locked room where the child cannot access.
When everything is said and done, the most effective way to prevent children’s accidents is not to leave them unsupervised whether playing or walking around. By learning how some items we use can pose a risk to our children, we are better equipped at preventing accidents and keeping our babies safe.
To learn more about keeping your children safe, we recommend checking out these sites –
- International Association for Child Safety – http://iafcs.org/
- Safe Kids World Wide – https://www.safekids.org
Don’t forget to check our buying guides and reviews at TopProducts.com. We promise to sample toddler and infant products from only the best brands to make sure you get safe and healthy items for your little one.
Maureen Muia, TopProducts Staff Writer