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Preventing Falls to Keep Baby Safe

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According to the CDC, unintentional falls are the number one cause of injury in children under three. (Data based on 2013: http://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe) and almost every parent can recall a time when baby unexpectedly pulled up, fell down or slipped.

According to the CDC, unintentional falls are the number one cause of injury in children under three. (Data based on 2013: http://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe) and almost every parent can recall a time when baby unexpectedly pulled up, fell down or slipped.

Let Mommy Sleep Communications Director Micaela Williamson claims, “When my son was 7 months old, we took him to the zoo. With all the excitement of getting him in and out to see the animals, we forgot to buckle him back into his stroller. As I pushed the stroller down a hill, he slipped right out and landed on the asphalt.”

“Luckily baby was okay,” she adds, “but I became vigilant about double checking the stroller strap and always speak up when I see babies unstrapped in public.”

Here are some of our top tips to stay safe and prevent babies and toddlers from falls:

  • When using baby gear such as strollers, swings, and high chairs, always strap baby in correctly.
  • Never put infant swings, bouncy chairs, or seats such as the Bumbo chair on a high surface. Always put them on the floor.
  • When baby is on a higher surface such as a bed or changing table, always keep a hand on him/her and be attentive. Even babies that cannot fully roll over independently have been known to roll and fall off beds.
  • Secure and lock all windows, and since mobile young children love to climb, be sure to move chairs and furniture away from windows.
  • Install safety guards on any high stair railings or balconies that baby could fall through.
  • Babies and toddlers love stairs! Teach your child to go down the stairs backwards, and keep staircases free of clutter. Also, always use safety gates around stairs. When installing a safety gate at the top of the stairs, it is recommended to always attach the gate to the wall.
  • Pass up baby walkers, and use stable activity centers, such as exersaucers, instead. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that walkers not be sold in the United States because they put children at risk for injury and there are no clear benefits from using a baby walker. (See more here.)
  • When using a stroller, avoid stairs or escalators. If available, use elevators and ramps instead. If stairs cannot be avoided, be sure to remove baby from the stroller, and have another individual carry the stroller or baby on the stairs.
  • Crib bumpers, except the breathable kind, are never recommended, but all crib bumpers should be removed when baby starts to pull up. This can prevent baby from climbing out of the crib and falling.
  • Babywearing is convienent and soothing for babies. Be certain to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a carrier or wrap. If the instructions seem confusing, watch video demonstrations online, and practice putting baby in and out of the carrier at home before heading out in public. 

The world is a new and exciting place for babies to explore, but by taking these precautions, you can make it a whole lot safer.

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