Where has the time gone? Your baby is reaching his or her half-year mark, and life has been nothing but a jarring blur. Well, you’re up for more.
Starting from now, your baby may start crawling anytime and making a go for it! Once your baby is in motion, expect him or her to explore anything and everything within his or her reach. If you haven’t done a full baby safety check around your home, now would be a good time to do so.
We’ve collated a set of reminders for you – from sleep safety tips to house safety tips to bathing safety tips – we got you covered:
When your baby is fast asleep:
1. No Mobiles
Not your mobile phones, but rather the hanging toys that hang above your baby’s crib. Remove these mobiles from your baby’s crib when he or she is able to reach for it to avoid strangulation.
2. Get rid of wires or cords
Another way to avoid strangulation or to prevent your baby from getting caught in knots, ensure that wires or cords are out of reach from your baby’s crib. It would also be good measure to tie up all curtain cords and out of reach from your baby.
The bed is probably where your baby spends most of his/her time in dreamland. However, as much as you want to create the most comfortable environment for your little bundles, pillows, quilts, comforters, stuffed toys, sheepskins, and other soft surfaces should not be in your baby’s crib as this can potentially lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) according to American Academy of Pediatrics.
4. Just the right temperature
Just like how you probably don’t like to sleep in a room that’s too cold or too warm, your baby probably has the same preferences too. The ideal room temperature for your sleeping baby should be kept between 20–22.2°C (68–72°F). As a general rule of thumb, keep the temperature comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. If it’s too cold for you, it is too cold for your baby.
5. Sleeping position
Babies spend most of their time sleeping, and unlike us, they cannot control their sleeping positions. As suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for infant sleep safety, an infant should sleep on his or her back for all sleep times and on a firm surface. This is to reduce the risk of SIDS as your baby could roll over and sleep on his/her stomach if he/she sleeps on her side. By rolling over onto his/her stomach, this could hinder your baby’s breath and cause SIDS. Also, as much as you love cuddling with your newborn, it is highly recommended not to share beds with your baby as this can also cause SIDS by strangulation and suffocation.
A safe home for a safe baby:
1. Small objects
Paper clips, coins, pen caps, and anything small that present a choking hazard should be kept away. As your baby is a curious one, he/she may be tempted to pick up these small objects and eat them. A good rule of thumb: If something is smaller than a D-sized battery, it is a choking hazard, so keep it out of sight and out of reach from your little one.
2. Sharp and toxic objects
It goes without saying that razors, small choking hazards and other dangerous items such as cleaning products or pet food are a definite no so put these far away in a box and out of your baby’s sight.
3. Chargers and electronics
To prevent strangulation and any electricity risks such as electric shocks, make sure to remove chargers that are not in use and coil up the wires. Also remember to stow these away and keep them out of reach.
That beautiful tablecloth that you lay everyday for meals will not only catch your guests’ attention, but your baby’s too. If your baby is extra curious, there runs the risk of him/her pulling it down and hurting him/herself.
Lastly, remember to keep windows locked, and use window guards to prevent your baby from falling out should they climb up the windows.
We all love a good bath at the end of the day, so it’s necessary to take some precautions when showering your baby to give him/her a comfortable one. The water temperature should be 37-38°C (98-100°F), which is around our average body temperature – so, it’s not too cold, or not too scalding. But just to be safe, always add the cold water first into the tub, then the hot water so that the tub won’t be boiling hot when you lower your baby in. Once your baby’s in the tub, switch off the water to keep your baby from drowning. For added precaution, add a rubber mat at the bottom of the tub to prevent your baby from slipping if he/she can stand. Most importantly, never leave your baby in the bath unattended. Even if the phone starts to ring, or if a delivery man arrives, never leave your baby alone in the bath to prevent drowning or other accidents.
Home is where your baby can find a shelter and safe arms. It is our wish that your baby has a safe and secure home for him/her to grow up happily and healthily.