8 Child Safety Tips | Because Keeping Your Baby Safe is a Top Priority
Every child is an extension of the parent that gave them life. You can only imagine how a mother would care for her offspring as she does care for herself. But unlike caring for oneself, rearing a delicate young child may not be as simple.
Although technically speaking, no person even in adulthood is actually harm-proof, young kids as young as an infant are at a special risk for serious harm due to their relatively carefree nature. Innocently enough, many crawling kids sustain injuries unwittingly simply because they’re naturally curious about everything that surrounds them.
But, as much as you would want the world to adapt to your child’s growing curiosity, the world does not work like that. Oftentimes, it takes the right set of precautionary measures to ensure your baby’s safety while leaving him to do his own business.
Speaking of setting up barriers for your child’s protection, here are some popular ways you could babyproof:
Keep the crib to be as bare as possible
Many parents, with the desire to provide their babies with the most aesthetically pleasing trot as possible, lavish in putting many things in the crib. Do not. Not even his toys which pose for choking hazards. Remember, anything that attracts a child’s attention and that he can swallow, it is something he will likely choke from.
Furthermore, even seemingly harmless items comforters and pillows can be a cause of harm to the child especially when he began crawling on his own.
Lastly, ditch the unneeded intricacies on your chosen cribbage such as the drop-side feature. Go for the tried-and-tested designs which you or your parents before you grew from.
Keep certain items out of your child’s reach
Earlier, we had just discussed how the small stuff can easily pose a choking hazard to your child. But apart from anything that is tiny enough to be swallowed by the infant, other items such as those which are fragile or jagged in pieces must also be removed from the child’s sight.
Moreover, even items that may not be eye-catching for a child but still pose a serious detriment to his safety should be moved to places that he cannot reach. For instance, potentially toxic plants that are often placed in the ground area of the indoors should either be moved at a high enough elevation from a child’s grasp or even outdoors.
Snuggle your kid in place
In times when you cannot be hands-on to caring for your child as you are preoccupied with something else important—such as when driving—always make sure that your child is snuggled in his place. Often this may require a tailor-made baby seat in the car with straps or belts on it to keep him safe in place.
Always keep the child close
Keeping your baby close to you at all times need not have to be a very hands-on experience like carrying your child with one or both of your hands. While you can use a stroller with the idea, there are other alternative ways by which you can keep the baby close to you, wherever you may be, at all times.
There is now equipment you can wear which literally has you bearing your baby on your back or in front of you while keeping your hands relatively free in the process.
If your child is keen on exercising his pair of legs for walking, you can always grant the freedom while still ensuring safety by making use of a harness.
- Don’t let the child cross the escalator
Despite the general safety and convenience which escalators provide, these contraptions are not necessarily perfect and may be a cause of harm to people on the wrong circumstances. Do not let your child be a part of those unfortunate younglings who had been a victim of the mishaps from these machines by choosing to keep him out of contact with it as possible. If having to use it, however, makes for a necessity, do apply due to precaution by choosing to carry a child across the platform.
Prevent the child from wandering about and randomly touching on anything when shopping
Okay, we get it. Children are such a curious critter that they would willingly touch on anything just for the sake of learning what the experience was about. While that is one step to learning, it is not necessarily always the safest.
Leaving your still mostly curious child wandering about at any store and leaving him to himself about touching literally anything does not only annoy the storekeepers, it also predisposes him to harm he may not know about. For instance, he might be able to hold on to sharp objects that may cut his hands or spill chemicals on him which otherwise would have been prevented.
Always accompany your child for his physiologic needs in the bathroom
Your child may become a candidate for the most independent person early in his life by training him to be self-dependent in attending to his personal needs in the lavatory, but that will first put him through risks of harm he must be lucky to overcome.
Even if it means having your son to use the women’s bathroom, always choose to accompany your child when attending to such needs. The toilet may seem like an innocent fixture for any building or household, but it still poses potential harm to an innocent kid.
Open the child’s awareness to not be comfortable with strangers
Although it may naturally come for a child to develop suspicion towards any stranger at one point in his life, this natural instinct is still devoid of a child at a very young age.
Call it inducing the child’s awareness to develop mistrust against strangers or simply an early teaching about personal safety, but teaching the child not to easily come with strangers is a step in preventing him from getting separated from his parent.
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