Childproofing your Home

Childproofing your home can feel like an overwhelming task. When babies are able to crawl or pull themselves up, their curious hands are into everything they can grab. Parents may overlook areas in their home that need to be childproof simply because their level of vision is much higher than that of a crawling or walking child. When babies are able to crawl or pull themselves up, their curious hands are into everything they can grab.

Before you start childproofing your home, make a list of areas or things that will need to be rearranged or covered. Making a list will help keep track of the danger areas and save you from forgetting. Here is a list of areas that you may want to consider childproofing.

Cabinets, Drawers, and Furniture

If it can be opened, your baby will open it. Make sure lower level cabinets are free from kitchenware that is breakable, has small parts, or sharp. This could be items such as a glass measuring cup or a food processor blade. Or, make sure your cleaning supplies are removed from under the kitchen sink and stored in a higher cabinet that only you can access.

If there are any drawers your baby can open, make sure the items in the drawer are not harmful. Your baby may also use drawers to help them climb. To give you peace of mind, make sure all furniture is secured to the wall to prevent the furniture from falling on your child. If you have a cabinet or drawer that you do not want your baby to have access to, you can buy locks to prevent your baby from opening it.

Crib

When your baby can pull themselves up or crawl, it is time to lower the crib to its lowest setting. Remove anything that you think your baby may use to help them climb out of their crib. This could be items such as crib toys or crib bumpers. Babies can suffer serious injuries if they successfully climb their way to fall out of their crib.

Pets

If your family has pets, make sure their food and water is put in a place your baby cannot access. Keep the cat’s litter box in an area your baby cannot access as well.

Electrical Outlets

Small parts, toys, or little fingers may find their way to an electrical outlet. To prevent a fatal accident, use outlet plug covers to keep your baby safe.

Stairs

If your home has stairs, consider getting a baby gate to prevent them from taking a tumble down the stairs. Serious injuries can come from falling down the stairs, and a baby gate can give you an extra layer of security in your home.

Sharp-edged Tables

Babies are likely to bang their head against the edges of coffee tables, dining tables, dressers, counters, and more. Prevent this from hurting your baby by using corner guards or padding to cushion their head.

As always, let your baby explore, get into things, and make messes as this is how they learn and grow. However, be cognizant or aware of your baby’s surroundings and keep a close eye on them. It is a good idea to keep emergency phone numbers in a place you can locate quickly and efficiently.

 

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How to Swaddle your Baby

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What is Swaddling?

Swaddling is wrapping your baby snugly in a lightweight, usually cotton, blanket. This helps your baby feel secure and safe. Many people use swaddling to help their babies fall asleep. Swaddling can help soothe your baby if they are fussy or crying excessively. It should be done from birth to when your baby learns to roll over. Swaddling mimics the sensation your baby felt when they were in the womb.

Swaddling can help your baby sleep better and longer. Your baby may jerk in their sleep. This is normal and is their startle reflex. Swaddling can help prevent your baby from waking themselves up when they jerk.

Dos and Don’ts

Do not swaddle your baby too tightly as this may cause discomfort or hip problems in the future. Your baby should have room to move their feet and bend their legs and knees.

Do not swaddle your baby’s face with the blanket.

The blanket used should be very lightweight such as muslin.

Do not lay your baby down to sleep face down when swaddled as this increases the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Lastly, feel of your baby’s neck or stomach to ensure they are not too hot.

Swaddling Steps

Step 1: Lay out a swaddling blanket in a diamond shape, and fold the top corner down making the diamond into a triangle. Place your baby on top of the blanket where their shoulders are even with the top of the blanket.

Step 2: Pull one side of the blanket across your baby’s chest and tuck under their arm.

Step 3: Pull the bottom of the blanket over their feet and tuck behind the shoulder of the arm in step 2.

Step 4: Pull the last side across the baby’s chest and tuck into the blanket.

 

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Tummy Time Benefits

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What Is Tummy Time?

Tummy Time is the time during the day your baby spends on their tummy while they are awake. Tummy Time is an important activity for your baby’s development and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Because the AAP recommends that babies sleep on their backs for safety reasons, babies need enough supervised Tummy Time during the hours they are awake to strengthen head, neck, and upper body muscles. This will help their head control and core muscles develop and allow them to reach their expected developmental milestones.

Why is Tummy Time Important?

Thanks to guidelines established by the AAP in the 1990’s, parents’ awareness has been improved of the importance of putting infants to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But, all that time spent on their back can cause a flat spot on your child’s head, known as Positional Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome, as well as causing twisted neck or positional torticollis which is when the neck muscle is stiff and tight.  Getting your child time off of their backs can help prevent this, which is another reason why it is so important for babies to receive supervised Tummy Time every day.

Risks of Not Incorporating Tummy Time with your Baby

New parents are told of the importance of babies sleeping on their backs to avoid SIDS, but they are not always informed about the importance of tummy time. The popularity and increased use of infant seats, swings, and carriers have also meant less tummy time. As a result, today’s babies have fewer chances to practice using their arms, back, neck, and head to lift themselves up and there has been an increased frequency of early motor delays in babies younger than six months. Infants who spend too much waking time on their back may have an increased risk of delayed motor development, as well as cognitive and organizational skills delays, eye-tracking problems, and behavioral issues.

There has been an increase of babies that have gross motor and fine motor developmental delays.  They can have atonicity, which is a lack of muscle tone for various reasons.  Besides back sleeping and lack of tummy time, other factors can cause this, such as prematurity, increased numbers of twins and triplets, and increased survival of children with cardiac, neurological, and genetic disorders.  Babies after cardiothoracic surgery usually stay off their bellies and chest for 2-3 weeks postoperatively, and those few weeks in a developing baby can cause some delays.

Benefits of Tummy Time

Giving Tummy Time can help babies meet their milestones, such as strengthening the baby’s back, neck, and core muscles to help build a foundation needed to meet motor milestones including head control, reaching, rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking. Also, can help develop eye and hand coordination. By looking down at their hands, the baby is seeing how they move and what they can do.  It also can help their sense of touch by feeling different textures such as blankets, playmats, carpet, etc. on their arms, hands, and face. Positioning the baby differently helps develop their movement and balance as well as them moving they gain a sense of body awareness.

When Should my Baby Start Tummy Time?

Tummy Time can start as soon as your baby comes home from the hospital, although some providers recommend starting it once the umbilical cord falls off.  Aim for a few minutes at a time, several times a day.

You can begin with 3 to 5 minutes per session, doing at least 10 minutes a day, to eventually working up to a total of 30 to 60 minutes daily as your baby grows. Tummy Time can be done in short sessions throughout the day, based on your baby’s tolerance and needs. Some babies like being on their tummies, but many dislike it at first.  Some don’t like the world from a face-first perspective. You may have to help your baby learn to enjoy tummy time.

Once your child is rolling over and independently spending time on his stomach, usually by 6 months old, you can stop dedicated tummy time since they will be doing tummy time all on their own.

Have you Heard about Tumzee?

 

Tumzee is designed for babies who are old enough to hold their head up on their own and can be used until your baby has learned to crawl and no longer needs daily Tummy Time. The unique design allows for babies to be positioned on their tummies on a 15-degree incline, letting your baby engage with toys, games or books and easing the frustration that many babies feel during Tummy Time.

Tumzee is built with a unique “T” support to prevent your child from sliding down the incline and raised sides to prevent your child from rolling off the side of the support. This provides a secure environment for your child’s Tummy Time, allowing them to play and develop in a safe way.

No other product on the market offers the stability and support to prevent your baby from sliding down or rolling out or off of the product.

Tumzee is made of Polypropylene and is BPA and phthalate free. Its soft yet firm design allows your baby to be comfortable while still providing them with full support.

 

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