Preparing for Baby: Home Safety Tips for Baby’s Healthy Start

Preparing for a baby is so exciting! But while you wait for that moment when labor begins, there are so many details to get your home ready. Some essential home safety tips are obvious, some are usually overlooked.

Home Safety Tips for a Healthy Baby

Sleeping Safety: Make sure the bed is safe. The mattress needs to be firm and fit the crib tightly. Although we love all the cute cuddly toys, pillows, bumper pads, comforters and the like they aren’t safe for a new baby. The baby can get trapped in the folds and be unable to breathe.

Diapering Safety: You’ll be amazed by how fast a tiny baby can roll away. It can take just a second as you reach for something. If you use a changing table make sure it has straps, and use them.

Bath Time Safety: Serious accidents happen in bathtubs. A special baby bathtub that offers baby support and a no-slip bottom is the best plan. If you plan to bathe your baby in your own tub, use a rubber mat. When she is big enough to sit up, you can use a baby bath chair. Be sure to set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F and look for special tub spouts that prevent hot water burns. Also, keep everything you need in easy reach.

Fire Safety: Smoke detectors are a must. Keep them in working order and check them monthly. Also, have a fire extinguisher on hand. Make a plan for rescue and escape, if a fire does break out.

Carbon Monoxide Safety: If you use gas or oil heat or have an attached garage, be sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home. Check the batteries twice a year.

Paint Safety for Baby’s Room: If you’re in an older home attend to paint that’s flaking or peeling in your baby’s room. Have a professional remove or seal it. There may be dangerous lead in the paint. If you wish to freshly paint your baby’s room be aware of the chemicals that fresh paint can release into the air. Have someone (other than the expectant mom) paint your baby’s room at least a few weeks prior to your baby’s arrival and make sure to thoroughly ventilate the room, so the air quality is safe.

New Carpeting: New carpets are great, but they can out-gas for at least a month. As with fresh paint, if you plan to lay new carpet in your baby’s room, do it in time for the out-gassing phase to be over by the time baby comes home. Also, be sure to use non-slip pads under any area rugs you use in the room.

EMF Exposure Safety

Avoiding exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is unavoidable. EMFs are generated from your home electrical grid and all wireless devices, like cell phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi and baby monitors. Babies and little children are especially sensitive and since EMFs are linked to many childhood health problems, you need to use EMF protection in your home safety plan as you’re preparing for your baby. There are a number of products on the market for this. Look for a company that has a good history, guarantee and well-informed customer service.

Preparing for a baby can be a lot of fun. Follow these few home safety tips and then relax and anticipate the joyful arrival of your new baby.

Why My Baby Is Healthier Than Yours!

Healthy Baby Healthy You

Becoming a first-time family can be one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences a couple will go through. It’s important before the baby comes to become as informed as possible on all subjects concerning your baby’s health. There is no right and wrong answer when it comes to feeding and immunizations but being aware of all the pros and cons of each can help form the most educated choice. One of the most important things is having a healthy baby- keeping your baby happy.

Some mothers have an inherently easy time when breast feeding. It is true what the doctors say, “breast is best”. Breast feeding gives your baby all of the antibodies, nutrients, vitamins and minerals that will need to thrive his or her first year of life. If the mother doesn’t have any health complications, breast feeding should be easy and preferred. For some mothers it is simply unrealistic – Their milk doesn’t come in, they can’t produce enough, or they are on medications. Formula is a great replacement for mothers that don’t have a choice in the matter. Formula still makes a healthy baby. Scientists have formulated powder milk to mimic breast-milk as close as possible.

Immunizations are often required for pre-schools and even some day-cares. Although some mothers and fathers are against immunizations, reading thoroughly should be required before deciding against it. Scientific studies can sometimes raise questions but ultimately talking with a pediatrician about concerns can help you make the most informative choice on the matter. If there are some immunizations you would prefer to opt out of, find out what kind of documentation is needed as to not deal with problems down the road. Immunizations don’t necessary mean a healthy baby- keeping your baby happy. Avoiding sickness is important constantly with newborns and infants.

There is a lot to be said for maintaining a baby’s emotional, spiritual and physical health. Many parents may be able to maintain one aspect of health but maintaining all three may prove to be a difficult task. Did you know that offering a baby the right baby names could actually lead to overall emotional well-being? In fact, many professionals will tell parents to choose a name that is not only spiritually empowering but also opens doors for professionalism in their adult lives. Naming your baby is just part of the overall wellness plan for your baby. The key to why my baby is healthier than yours can be found in several aspects of the baby’s life and even discovered during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, it is important to begin educating yourself on everything from the chemicals that go into processed baby food to the vaccinations that your baby receives. Did you know that there are several vaccinations that are optional and that are offered across the nation but may not necessarily be beneficial to your baby? Knowing what will happen to your baby from the moment of birth through taking the baby home from the hospital is a key educational fact to your baby’s physical health. In fact, it is during this education that many parents turn to natural childbirth simply to cut down on the exposure the newborn will have to chemicals, harsh nursery conditions or even exposure to elements within the delivery room that could affect the baby’s emotional well-being.

Another reason my baby is a happy healthy baby; aside from educating myself prior to delivery, is in the baby toys I choose. Did you know that certain baby toys might in fact be unsafe for your children or have harmful coloring or fiber additives that could cause illnesses? Recalls happen every year for lead being found in baby toys from imported baby toys. Overall if you want your baby to be as healthy as mine education is the key.

This is a good site that I found to help with some choices and questions you may have. http://healthybabyhealthyyou.com/.

Keeping Baby Safe During the Flu Season

The Associated Press recently reported that more than 75 children have succumbed to the flu this year. This figure is alarmingly high considering most flu seasons claim between 45 and 85 children. The following are a few tips to help keep your baby healthy and happy this flu season.

Vaccinate

If your baby is six months or older, be sure to get him a flu shot. Keep in mind the vaccination takes two weeks to start working. For good measure, have the entire family vaccinated to prevent unnecessarily exposing your baby to the flu.

Stay Home

Keep your child at home as much as possible between October and April. Avoid attending events involving large public crowds in an effort to prevent exposing him from dangerous viruses. If you do attend an event, such as a holiday party, keep your baby close to you by declining others who ask to hold him or kiss and hug him. A good way to prevent unwanted contact is to keep your child in a car seat or stroller during these outings. This makes them less accessible to the public.

Sanitize

Adopt the practice of sanitizing incessantly. When away from the house, carry hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Sanitize your hands prior to holding or touching your baby. When going to the grocery store or restaurant, wipe down any surfaces (highchair, shopping cart, table, etc.) you might touch with a wipe. Also be sure to clean your baby’s hands and face with warm, soapy water frequently and pay special attention to items he tries to put in his mouth. Your overall objective is to maintain a sterile, clean environment for your child.

On the same note, remember to sanitize your home often. Concentrate of frequently touched items and surfaces in the home. This includes phones, remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs, counters, toilet handles, etc. Sanitizing can be done with a sanitizing wipe or an easy to use sanitizing spray.

Keep The Sick Away

If a family member becomes sick, keep them as far away from you and your baby as possible. Along with preventing the spread of germs to your baby, you want to ensure that you do not become sick as well. In the event you fall ill, consider handing over your parenting duties to a trusted family member to limit contact between you and the baby.

Utilize the “Well Room”

Most doctors’ offices have a well room and sick room in their waiting areas. If your child is due for an appointment, keep him or her in the well room and away from any children or adults who appear sick. The waiting area is packed with germs, making this an especially important aspect of keeping your baby healthy.