Baby Safety Month: Sharing Top Tips for Baby Safety

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National Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, is just around the corner (in September). The purpose of Baby Safety Month is to educate parents and caregivers about keeping infants safe and healthy through their early years. But, it’s always a great time to brush up on some of our top safety tips and look into these brilliant products that can help you keep your little ones safe!

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Tip #1: Always put your baby on his back to sleep; every nap and every night. Since babies spend most of their time sleeping, it is important to focus on a safe sleep environment. One option for safe sleep is using the Miracle Blanket:

The Miracle Blanket is a safe and secure alternative to traditional swaddling. It helps babies sleep better on their backs through 14 weeks and allows freedom of movement from the hips down. Your baby will sleep better, longer, and will be less fussy since he/she will finally get the sleep they (and you) so desperately need. The fabric is a super soft 100% cotton knit that is breathable so that it can be used in warm climates while still being luxurious enough to keep your baby warm in cooler places. Plus, many veteran parents swear this is the only blanket that got their baby to sleep!

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Tip #2: Purchase a versatile baby monitor to keep an eye on baby wherever you go. One option is the 100% wireless zooby Car & Home Baby Monitor:

The zooby Car & Home Baby monitor is a must-have for safety conscious parents. The monitor’s camera is embedded in a specially designed plush that allows it to be placed anywhere at home (even in a car or on the go!) making it the most portable monitor on the market. With the new large 4.3 split screen version, a parent can even view 2 rear facing infants in the back seat of the car. 

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Tip #3: Practice child-safe cleaning. Using household cleaners with harsh ingredients doesn’t only kill germs and get out tough stains they can also affect your baby’s health, causing eczema, airway irritation, eye irritation, allergies, and even poisoning. Alternatively, you can try using the Chemical-free Cleaning Toy & Nursery Cloth by Baby Car by e-cloth.

Remove drool, grime, and hardened messes from all hard surfaces using just water with the Chemical-free Cleaning Toy & Nursery Cloth! This reusable, must-have cleaning companion removes over 99% of bacteria from toys and nursery surfaces with absolutely no chemicals used. Plus, it is guaranteed to last for 300 machine washes.

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Tip #4: Buy toys that are age appropriate and meet safety standards. Toys should be large enough so that they can’t be swallowed or lodged in the windpipe, free of lead which can be found in paint and plastic, and (if battery-operated) have battery cases that secure with screws so that kids cannot pry them open. Check out the high-quality toys from HABA USA.

HABA’s colorful Clutching Toy Rainbow Circles is sure to delight little ones. Six two-toned beech wood beads, colored with a non-toxic water based stain are strung together with sturdy cord to make this the perfect grasping toy for your little inquisitive one. Makes a great baby shower gift!

Another safe, and fun, options is Kleynimals (“clean key animals”) toy keys and flatware. Kleynimals are innovative stainless steel toy keys with adorable animal faces that your child will love. Kleynimals were founded by a mom looking for toxin-free, baby keys her baby could play with as an alternative to her real keys. They are an environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and dishwasher-safe.

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Tip #5: Monitor a newborn’s fever very closely. While most fevers are not a cause for panic, a fever in a newborn needs to be taken seriously because it could be an indication of a serious bacterial infection. Check out the smarttemp Bluetooth thermometer by infanttech.

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The award-winning smarttemp by infanttech is a new Bluetooth thermometer that allows parents to track the body temperature of their child continuously in real time through their smartphone without disturbing their sick little one. Simply download the smartphone app, place the thermometer under child’s underarm with adhesive pad (included), and monitor the temperature. Smarttemp comes with the thermometer, a carrying case, 10 adhesive pads, and has up to a 3-year battery life with no charging required – plus it can be used well into the elementary school years.

 

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Tip #6: Practice sanitary diaper changing. Diaper changing is the easiest way to spread germs and bacteria between parent and baby, which can lead to serious health concerns. A great way to avoid germs is using the BabyBum Brush.

The BabyBum Brush is a diaper cream applicator tool that reduces the risk of bacteria transfer and applies ointment smoother, thicker, and faster for better protection against painful diaper rashes. BPA free and made of 100% soft silicone, the BabyBum Brush(TM) is gentle on your baby’s skin, wipes clean, and keeps parents hands and nails clean from any diaper cream mess. It helps remove the “yuck” factor and makes a great baby shower gift. 

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Baby Safety Month: Sharing Top Tips for Baby Safety

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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