Having a child is a lifetime responsibility, of course. The most worrisome period for parents is up to age 2. At this time they rely on you completely for safety and security.
What’s your concerns as a mother of a new child? Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the biggest worries new parents face. Let’s take a closer look at some things new moms and dads need to know.
Baby gear in the home
It’s important to ensure that all baby equipment and clothing meet standards laid out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When you are buying new items they should meet those standards, but when buying used check closely. The American Academy of Pediatrics, who study child equipment and will help you guide your buying decisions on some matters. They Study products available and make unbiased recommendations on the best products for your child. For example, a recent report from the AAP revealed that activity centers are a better option than the traditional baby walkers. They based this on the number of injuries involving walkers.
Basic household safety
There are so many hazards in the home. Most aren’t a problem until they start crawling and walking. At this time you need to be prepared. Cords for blinds and drapes are a huge danger. Cut or place them high so your child doesn’t become entangled in it. Sharp edges on coffee tables or worktops can cause serious head injuries. A tennis ball sliced open and placed on the corners can provide a barrier. Outlets should be covered with protectors,to prevent electric shock. Finally, keep plastic bags well out of the way, and dispose of any plastics that don’t have breathable holes in them. This will prevent suffocation.
On the roads
Getting the baby on board for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. Baby’s trip home from the hospital will make you see how dangerous travel can be. Investing in the right car seat can help those fears. You will find yourself driving more cautiously then ever. You may even consider a refresher with an instructor, or try an advanced driving course. It’s also worth investing in a Baby on Board sign. Their main purpose is to inform emergency services you have a child on board in the event of an auto accident.
When your children start to crawl and walk, they are experiencing the world for the first time. You will find that they often put everything they come across into their mouths. Therefore it’s important to keep harmful products well out of the way. Most cleaning goods and chemicals come in childproof bottles, but even so, it’s best to keep them out of reach in case you forget to close them properly. If you live in a home built before 1978 you will also need to be wary of lead paint. If you suspect your home has led paint it may be worth getting a lead inspector to insure your home and garden soil are lead free. Finally, make sure you have a CO detector, as the carbon monoxide from cooling and heating systems could affect your child very quickly due to their small stature and vulnerable respiratory systems.
Burns and scalds
As soon as your kids are mobile, they will be reaching up and exploring almost every surface in your home. It’s vital that you have the right protections in place to ensure that kettles, cookers, and heaters are all safely out of the way, or at temperatures that won’t harm your kids. Burns and scalds can happen in a single instant and will have a lasting impact.
Sadly, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children and toddlers. Again, it only takes a moment for the worst to happen, and the results could be catastrophic. Make sure you are supervising baths and showers at all times, with no exceptions. As your child starts to understand words and phrases, make sure that you tell them about the dangers of water and also deal with any water hazards you might have in the home – covering swimming pools or hot tubs, for example, so your kids can’t access them when your back is turned. It’s also a good idea to invest in a first aid and CPR course. If you are careful, you will never have to use it, but the knowledge you will learn could, one day, prove invaluable.
Now that you have covered these problems you can relax and enjoy your child until you have to face the concerns about education, bullying, the teen years and even the numerous threats that they will encounter online. 🙂
Hope this has helped – what are your biggest fears about bringing up little ones?