Baby Safety Month - Tips and Help For Keeping Baby Safe | Robyns.World

September is Baby Safety Month and as a grandma of twin babies this is always of importance to me. The girls are growing fast, but at 18 months they are still babies. This week’s infographic (I share infographics each Saturday) is all about baby safety and making sure you strap babies in safely in all of their gear. Plus I’m sharing a few other tips and useful information and links to help out anyone who loves the babies in their life and wants to keep them safe.

Be sure to enter the Babe Safety Month giveaways too – see information below.

New parents are often bombarded with information about babies and baby safety. This is a good thing because they are starting off their parent role and most truly want to be independent from their own parents and prove they can do it themselves. I totally applaud that effort – I am seeing it with Caitlan and her mommy-ing of the twins.

For grandparents, that’s me, and other close family and friends it is important for us to realize that things may have changed in baby care and recommendations since we had our own babies. On top of this, we also need to be respectful of the parents’ choices in raising their children. This means I have to try to keep quiet sometimes. Luckily Caitlan knows that when I say things it comes from a place of love always and she is able to tune me out and just nod her head in agreement and let me ramble on. She is so awesome.

Baby Safety In The Car

  • A snug strap should not allow any slack.
  • It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging.
  • It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
  • Chest clips should be positioned mid to upper chest area, near armpits. Shoulder straps fit snugly–can only fit 1 finger between harness and shoulder or use pinch test.
  • For the safest product use, be sure to read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Lead by example. Make sure the whole family buckles up!

Stroller Safety

  • All strollers come fitted with standard safety harness straps.
  • Use straps at all times, even if it’s a short trip.
  • Harness straps stop the child from climbing out of the seat and falling, and protects the child should the stroller tip over.
  • Safety straps should be used regardless of the child’s age.
  • Many strollers feature a five-point harness system, which features straps that secure over each shoulder, at both sides of the waist, and in the middle of the legs.
  • It is important to always use all straps, not just lap straps or shoulder straps alone.
  • For the safest product use, be sure to read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a stroller. Always keep them within view.

Carrier Safety

  • If you use a soft carrier, select one made of a durable, washable fabric with sturdy, adjustable straps.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for use, age and weight recommendations.
  • Be sure baby’s weight is evenly distributed in the carrier and all safety straps are secured.
  • Check for ripped seams, sharp edges, and missing or loose snaps.
  • Always keep one hand on baby when tightening/loosening straps for any reason or taking baby out or putting baby in.

Swing, Infant Seat, and Bouncer Safety

If your baby responds well to motion, a swing or bouncer seat can provide comfort for baby and much-needed hands-free time for you. Many of today’s styles are functional as well as entertaining.

  • Babies should always be buckled into swings and bouncers.
  • Both use either a three- or five-point harness to keep baby as secure as possible.
  • For swings, use a five-point harness whenever possible to keep baby from climbing or rolling out of the seat.

Changing Table Safety

  • Always buckle baby into the changing pad. If your changing tray is on top of a dresser, be sure they attach to each other securely.
  • When changing, keep one hand on the child at all times, even when using safety straps and keep supplies within arm’s reach.

Mealtime

  • Always use safety straps whenever your child sits in the high chair.
  • Make sure the straps are well secured so that your child sits snugly and is not wriggling around in the chair.
  • The crotch strap prevents your child from slipping down.
  • Never allow your child to stand in the high chair.

Be sure to watch for #BabySafetyMonth on all your social networks for even more information and to share out that info to others. You can also visit the Baby Safety Zone.

JPMA Certified Logo

When buying items for baby please look for the JPMA logo (above) for items that have obtained additional safety certification above the standard requirements. View the list of baby products that have earned this extra certification.

Baby Safety Month Infographic - Strap In For Safety

Win baby gear! Watch the Baby Safety Month Facebook page for giveaways throughout September! Good luck!

Do you have a baby in your life? How are you helping to keep them safe?

Robyn