Once you become a parent, your job description automatically changes. Well, not entirely, but keeping your baby safe and healthy becomes one of your major roles in life! No wonder many new parents are filled with anxiety and paranoia when they leave their younglings unattended or at the hands of a nanny. But all the jitters could go away if you know how to enhance baby safety at home or wherever they are.
Having said that, here are some tips on how to make sure your baby is safe all the time.
1. Get a Trusted (Full-Time) Nanny
To be honest, taking care of an infant or newborn comes with many challenges. Whether you’re a housewife or a working person can be an overwhelming undertaking, especially if it’s your first child. Getting a trusted nanny can help ease the stress. It helps ensure your baby is in good hands whenever you need to dash out for some groceries, take a nap, attend an event or go to work.
2. Get a Baby Monitor
Baby monitors are another great solution parents use to ensure their bundle of joy stays safe always. These devices are available in a range of options, from video monitors to smart audio monitors. Smart audio monitoring for babies has specifically gained enormous popularity over the years. They help you monitor your baby’s whereabouts and behavior regardless of your location in or out of the house. They let you listen to know what’s happening around your baby in real-time right from your smartphone, at the click of a button. With one of these devices, you can:
- Track your baby’s sleep patterns
- Detect if something is wrong
- Detect and monitor temperature changes
- Soothe your baby remotely to sleep or calm down
- Have an extra set of ears in your baby’s room 24/7
3. Understand Car-Travel Safety with Your Baby
Sometimes you just have to bring your toddler along when heading out in your car. But the ordinary car seat is usually designed for older kids and adults. In this case, you need to invest in a good baby car seat with a reliable harness system. Also called a child safety seat, the baby car seat should be suitable for their size, weight, and age.
Moreover, always put the baby in the middle of the back passenger seat where you can clearly view them with a simple glance at the back. By all means, avoid carrying your baby in your lap while driving.
4. Invest In Safe Baby Toys
Babies love playing with stuff. They are often impressed by toys that make certain sounds or exhibit certain visual appeal. However, you want to make sure the toys you get for your toddler are safe for their health and wellbeing. You can do this by:
- Avoiding toys with sharp edges
- Getting toys they can’t easily swallow
- Avoiding fragile objects
- Easy toys to clean and sanitize regularly – because babies often lick and suck their playthings
5. Child Proof Your Home
Finally, your baby’s safety depends heavily on the efforts you make to accommodate them. If you have a toddler, childproofing your home is a must. This means putting hazardous chemicals and sharp objects away and locked up beyond their reach. It means eliminating obstructions such as electrical cords and curtains. Many parents also introduce barriers to areas such as the kitchen and the laundry room, as well as barricades in hazardous outdoor areas such as the pool.
It takes a lot to be a parent. The responsibilities are numerous, but your child’s safety is perhaps the biggest of them. The above few tips will hopefully help you ensure nothing less than absolute safety for your bundle of joy.