Child Safety Month: Infant Safety

By: Kate Quattlebaum

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As we celebrate child safety month we will be discussing tips on keeping your children, this week we're focusing on Infant Safety. As the parent of a brand new bundle of joy, we know it can be a little overwhelming. But don't worry, you're not alone and you're going to be great!

For the first couple of weeks, there won't be much your little one can do without your help but there are a few thing you can do around the house to make sure it's ready for their arrival and their lives. Make sure to learn how to properly utilize your child's car seat. Their car seat is the best way to keep them safe while traveling. So making sure you've got it installed correctly and have the right fit, is very important! If you've got questions, Safe Kids Worldwide has an Ultimate Car Seat Guide for all your questions!

After you've brought your baby home, there are a few more things to check around the home. Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. You will want to test the devices regularly to ensure they are still fully charged and ready in case of an emergency. Another good system to check around your home is the water heater. Make sure you're water heater is set to 120 degrees to avoid any scalding on their delicate skin.

Your baby is going to be going a lot of sleeping, so their crib is the final place we want to secure. Make sure your mattress is firm and and the sheets are fitted. Remove all blankets and toys while your child is sleeping until they are at least 1 year old.

We hope some of these tips will help you feel a little more safe and prepared around the house! We'll be discussing child safety all month so make sure to stay tuned next week for our toddler safety tips!