Basic infant safety tips to keep your newborn safe and sound

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Babies are great! But I never thought about all the things you have to do to make sure they are safe and comfortable when they get home. When I was a kid, all you had to do was to make sure there were baby formula, diapers and a crib. Today, however, there is so much to consider. You cannot even bring your bundle of joy home unless you have a car seat installed properly in your car.

And it does not stop there. There are baby monitors, travel systems, scratch mittens, diaper rash cream, and baby slings just to name a few. But when getting things for your new little one, safety must be first and foremost. So here are the most important infant safety tips you will need for your newborn.

Basic infant safety tips to keep your newborn safe and sound

  • Infant Car Seat

    For a newborn, a rear-facing car seat is essential. And when picking out an infant car seat, it should have the following infant safety features:

    1. Five-point harness-This secures your little one the best. It is a car seat belt that extends over your child’s hips, shoulders/collar bones, down their torso, and between their legs. If in a collision, this system transfers crash forces over the strong parts of the body – the hips and shoulders. Race car drivers and fighter pilots use five-point harness systems for this reason.
    2. Easy Installation-Car seats that are easy to install are more likely to be installed correctly. If the car seat is complicated to install, keep looking until you find one that is easy to use.

    You also want to keep up-to-date with any possible car seat recalls.

  • A CribThere are plenty of cribs to choose from, but of course, the most important thing to remember when selecting the perfect crib is SAFETY!Also, the crib that you select should be sturdy and have:
    1. No more than 2 3/8 inches between the crib slats.
    2. A mattress that fits snug in the crib. It should have no more than 2 fingers width between the crib and the mattress.
    3. A smooth headboard and footboard. Cribs with cutouts can be dangerous.
    4. Don’t forget to put your baby on his/her back when sleeping.And…
    5. If buying a crib with a drop side mechanism, make sure it is not easy to come down.
  • Infant FormulaWhen it comes to infant formula, all you need to know is to feed your little one when he/she is hungry, and to make sure you are properly preparing the formula. Although it doesn’t happen often, it is also a good idea to keep up with the safety alerts issued by the FDA.
  • ClothingThe clothing you will need for your newborn will depend mainly on the season and/or climate. For instance, dressing your bundle of joy in the winter will require more layers of clothing than dressing him/her in the summer. The key to dressing your baby is not to overdress or under dress. A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one more layer of clothing than you are wearing. Also, make sure the clothes have no ribbons or strings that could wrap around the neck and choke your little one.
  • Bath timeA newborn can drown in a little as 1 inch of water, so it is important to remember:

    If you need to get something, then take your baby with you. This can be tedious so make sure you are prepared before bathing your baby. Have everything you’ll need within reach.

    Also, to prevent burns, set your hot water heater temperature to no more than 120 degrees. And to prevent scalding your baby while bathing, make sure to test the water before placing him/her in the tub. You can do this by placing your elbow or wrist in the bath water.