National Baby Safety Month

Whether you’re expecting your first child or your fourth, it’s important to stay current on the most recent baby health and safety information. We’ve put together a list of important safety tips to remember as you prepare for your new arrival.

Sleep Soundly

To make sure your baby gets the best, safest sleep, here are some highlights from the American Academy of Pediatrics most recent safe sleep guidelines:

  • Baby should sleep on their back on a flat, non-inclined surface.
  • Parents should sleep in the same room as baby for at least the first 6 months.
  • Do not use weighted products like weighted swaddles or clothes.
  • Keep your baby’s sleep space clear of loose bedding, pillows, toys and blankets.
  • Offer baby a pacifier during naps and bedtime.

Safe Travels

Keep your little ones safe during travel with these car seat safety tips:

  • Children should be in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the seat’s height and weight limits, which can be up to age 3.
  • The chest clip should be at armpit level and snug. 
  • You should not be able to pinch the straps at your child’s shoulders. If you can, the straps are too loose.
  • Do not dress your child in bulky clothing or coats if they’re going to be in the car seat.
  • A properly installed car seat base will not move more than an inch in any direction.

Additional car seat safety resources:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Car Seat Recommendations for Children
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Seats: Information for Families
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Safety Issues and Recalls (select the Car Seat option above the search bar to check for recalls)
  • Check your local retailers for car seat trade-in programs. They may take expired, damaged and old car seats.
  • Car seats have expiration dates! If purchasing a second-hand car seat, check the expiration date and follow this checklist from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

More Baby Safety Tips

  • Check the water temperature on your water heater before baby’s first bath — it should be no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Test the water temperature with your wrist or elbow before putting baby in to make sure it’s not too hot.
  • Gather all bath time essentials before starting the bath. Babies should never be left unattended during bath time.
  • Choose baby products that are age and developmentally appropriate. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and register all of your products so that you’ll be notified if there are any recalls.
  • Secure restraining straps when placing your baby in a swing or bouncer.
  • Follow all recommended age, weight and height requirements for infant swings, bouncers and activity centers.
  • If you purchase or receive any second-hand items, check them for an expiration date and possible recalls.

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