When you bring your baby home for the first time, it’s not too difficult to keep her safe. She can’t roll off the changing table, climb out of her crib, or run out the door. However, there are certain dangerous you should take notice of and prepare for accordingly. By educating yourself, you can prevent illness or injury. Here are six common dangers:
1. Extra Crib Items
New parents are tempted to fill their cribs with all the cute items they see on magazines. These extra items, however, pose suffocation risks for infants. It’s advised that leave nothing in the crib (no bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets) until your baby is no longer at a risk for SIDS. Use a fitted sheet on your mattress that fits well and swaddle your baby.
2. Furniture Chemicals
Some baby furniture (especially the older stuff) is made with harmful chemicals. These ingredients would be fine for you and me, but it’s not good to use them in proximity to a developing baby with a sensitive immune system. Check the label for anything suspicious. When in doubt, look up the product name online to check for reviews.
3. Crib Rails
When your baby begins standing up and chewing on everything (it will happen sooner than you think!), your little guy or gal will undoubtedly chew on the crib’s railing. This puts them at risk or splinters and harming their gums.
4. Unstable Furniture
Like I said, your baby is going to be mobile sooner than you think. She’ll be crawling and walking all over the nursery, and pulling herself up on the furniture. You want to make sure anything in the room is either far too heavy for her to move or topple, or securely fastened to the wall. Wall fasteners are cheap and easy to stall.
5. Choking Hazards
Your baby sees the world from a different perspective than the rest of us. She will find tiny items and objects on the floor that you were never aware of. Get down on the floor at her level and crawl around your home. Remove anything she may find and put in her mouth without your notice. Relocate anything she may grab and use to hurt herself.
If your nursery room was painted back in the 70s, there’s no doubt it needs to be treated for lead paint, stripped, and repainted. If you have any concern that lead might have been used, have it tested. When you repaint the room, it’s important that it has plenty of time to air out before you baby stays there – at least a week. Even conventional paint can give off toxins up to three years after its painted, so you might want to stick with the color you have.
Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz
Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.
Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.
One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!
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