This month is Baby Safety Awareness Month, and AFTH is giving you tips on how to keep your child safe. Children will always be getting in sticky situations, but with these tips, we can minimize accidents and keep everyone safe.
Supervise: Always actively supervise children on the playground.
Be aware of your environment: A playground should always have some soft landing material for the kids to jump around and fall safely, whether that be wood chips, a rubber mat, or sand.
Dress your child appropriately for the playground: Clothes covering a child’s knees and elbows are always a safe option for kids prone to running and falling.
Car Seat Safety
Research your car seat: Car seats do not fit every car and child. You must research and find a car seat that will fit your vehicle and your child’s safety.
Secure the car seat: The car seat should not be able to move more than an inch from side to side.
Keep the car seat rear-facing: Riding rear-facing provides support for the child’s head, neck, and back. If a crash occurs, a rare-facing car seat cradles the lead for less chance of injury.
At Home Safety
Choking Hazards: Toys should be larger than your child’s hand. If the toy or object can fit through a toilet paper hole, then the toy may be too small and considered a choking hazard.
Secure Cabinets: Anything that can be swung open should be locked or childproof. The cabinet door itself can hurt your child, or objects inside the cabinet, like utensils, laundry pods, or sharp objects, can cause harm.
Use gates and outlet covers: Gates are a great way to keep your child away from stairs or parts of the house that are unsafe for the child. Outlet covers are also an easy way not to worry about your child touching or going near outlets.
Model good street behavior: Teach children to look for crosswalks, signage, and unsafe situations.
Start teaching traffic lights and pedestrian walking rules: Learning what red, yellow, and green mean at a young age is essential and helps teach kids to stop, slow down or go. Also, teaching your kids to look left, right, and left again is critical.
Running in the street: Teach your child that if a ball or toy goes into the street to never run after it. Kids can be impulsive. Stressing this safety tip is essential.
Cutting foods: Cutting up your child’s food is a great way to be safe because it avoids choking hazards.
Soft foods: Children under one often require softer foods until they’re closer to 2 years old. Foods such as bread easily get stuck on the roof of their mouths. Try lightly toasted bread or other easy, soft foods; cut into tiny pieces.
School Lunch: Pack a balanced lunch with vegetables, fruit, protein, and carbohydrates. Ensure your child gets a good portion of their lunch.
Ensuring the safety of your child(ren) can seem like a never-ending job, especially for new parents. It can sometimes be overwhelming, and that’s why Adoptions From The Heart offers ongoing tips like these via blogs, classes, and webinars. AFTH offers virtual Childcare Classes via zoom every month. Visit afth.org under education to sign up for a class today!