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Baby Safety Month

September was designated Baby Safety Month to help educate parents on important baby safety tips and to ensure that they are buying safe products for their little ones. In today’s blog, we share our three top tips on baby safety that you should know!

Cord Safety

Did you know that in 2018 the Window Covering Manufacturers Association developed a new window covering safety standard that requires a majority of window covering products sold in the US to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords? With children in the home, it is highly recommended that you replace all corded blinds with one of the numerous cordless options that are offered today.

Water Safety

With drowning as the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four, it’s imperative that you know how to keep your baby safe around water. We urge you to never leave your baby or child left unattended in or near water, to install the necessary barriers/covers on or around your pool area, and to most importantly learn CPR as parents and teach your children how to swim when the appropriate time comes.

It’s also possible for drownings to happen in the home, and there are a few things you need to consider around the house. First, keep the toilet seat down at all times and ensure that all containers with liquids are emptied immediately after use. Secondly, never leave your baby alone or with a young sibling while in the bathtub.

Sleep Safety

Since babies spend the majority of their time sleeping, it’s important to know these sleep safety tips. You always want to place your baby on their back to sleep – which helps prevent suffocation and reduces the chance of SIDS. Also, don’t ever leave pillows, quilts, or blankets in your baby’s crib or play area. Lastly, we highly suggest checking to make sure that your baby’s crib meets the current CPSC standards and that they have a firm, fitted mattress.

We hope that this blog was informative and insightful and that it’ll help ensure your baby’s safety. If you’d like to learn more about baby safety, we offer a class at The OB/GYN Group of Austin on Baby Care Basics that covers more tips on car, home and sleep safety.