Essential Child and Baby Safety Tips From Newborn to Age 6

Essential Child and Baby Safety Tips From Newborn to Age 6

Mar 06 2024

Ever look at your child and think how precious they are? The number one priority as parents is to protect our kids. Kid safety changes from age to age and especially when they become mobile - crawling, walking, and then running! Children are constant explorers learning about their surroundings. As caregivers, we must be vigilant and proactive in implementing safety measures to protect our kids from potential hazards. In this blog, we'll discuss essential child and baby safety tips that every parent and caregiver should know, tailored to different stages of development from newborn to age 6.

Safety Tips for Kids Newborn to 1 Year

The newborn stage is characterized by fragility and rapid growth. Here are some safety tips for this delicate phase:

  1. Safe sleep practices: Always place your baby on their back to sleep in a crib with a firm mattress. There should only be a tight, fitted sheet and a swaddled baby in the crib. That's it!  No loose pjs or clothing, no blankets, no pillows, no toys, no stuffed animals, and no bumpers. This will reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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  2. Supervised tummy time: Encourage tummy time when your baby is awake and supervised to help strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles.

  3. Baby-proofing: Some babies crawl as early as 7 months. Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, cover electrical outlets, and secure furniture and heavy items that could tip over.

  4. Safe bathing: Never leave your baby unattended in the bath, and ensure the water temperature is comfortable and safe to prevent burns. Baby's skin is much more sensitive than our skin.

Safety Tips for Kids Ages 1 to 3

As babies grow into toddlers, their curiosity and mobility increase, presenting new safety challenges:

  1. Childproofing: Continue to childproof your home by securing cabinets, drawers, and windows, and using safety locks on doors and toilets. It's funny how toddlers will ignore the toys and go straight for the drawers, outlets, and stairs.

  2. Supervision: Keep a close eye on your toddler, especially around water, stairs, and busy areas like kitchens and driveways.

  3. Safe play areas: Create a safe play space with age-appropriate toys and equipment, and always supervise outdoor play. You can even create a corral area using a big circular free-standing gate.
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  4. Car seat safety: Use a rear-facing car seat until your child reaches the maximum weight or height limit recommended by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that car seats expire so with each new baby that's born, usually you must get a new car seat that is up to code.

Safety Tips for Kids Ages 3 to 6

Preschoolers are becoming more independent and adventurous, which means we must continue to watch carefully. There's a cute quote I love: Silence is golden. Unless you have a toddler. Then it's just suspicious.

  1. Road safety: Teach your child to hold hands when crossing the street, look both ways before crossing, and always use pedestrian crossings where available.

  2. Parking Lot Safety: Did you know that over 3500 children are injured or killed in parking lot accidents each year? There's an easy and fun solution to teach parking lot safety to kids - and to make sure they are safe each time. The Parking Pal Magnet is placed on your car creating a safe spot for kids to place one of their hands. The child waits with their hand on the Parking Pal Magnet while mom/dad or other caretaker is ready. This comes in handy when older kids must wait while smaller kids are taken in and out of the car or when groceries need to be put away in the car.

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  3. Water safety: Enroll your child in swimming lessons and ensure they always wear a properly fitted life jacket when near water.

  4. Fire safety: Teach your child about fire safety practices, including stop, drop, and roll, and establish a family fire escape plan.

  5. Internet safety: Monitor your child's online activities and teach them about appropriate internet behavior and the importance of never sharing personal information with strangers.

Ensuring the safety of children requires a combination of vigilance, education, and proactive measures. By implementing these essential safety tips and staying informed about potential hazards, parents and caregivers can create a secure environment where children can thrive and explore with confidence. Remember, safety is a priority at every stage of development - even past age 6, and taking the necessary precautions can help protect our most precious treasures.