Baby Parenting Guide

So now that you have your baby home, you realize that all the guidance on parenting that you’ve received still hasn’t prepared you for living day to day with a newborn. Every baby is different and since people around you give you advice based on their baby and their experiences with their baby, it may or may not help you. We’ll give you variantions on parenting information so that you can pick the advice that suits you and your baby the best.

Do you want to see your newborn baby avoid injury? Regardless of how caring and watchful you are over your newborn baby there are always extra precautions to keep your baby from being hurt.

Here are 10 practical tips to keep your baby safe:

  1. Never let your baby be alone with your pet, no matter how small or harmless the animal may seem to be.
  2. Never shake your baby or even throw your baby up in the air playfully.
  3. Always keep an eye on your baby when you are out and about doing things like shopping, light walking, or even sitting at the playground. There are kidnappers that see strollers as a target to snatch your baby.
  4. When giving your baby a bath in a large tub be sure to place a towel or rubber placements at the bottom to avoid slipping.
  5. Always sit your baby in a car seat when driving. Babies can be easily injured if you get into an accident, so be sure also to pay attention to the road. Avoid talking on a eating, cell phone, or any other activity that will take your attention away from your driving.
  6. Avoid the use of any strings with your baby’s belongings, toys, or anything around the house – including keeping phone cords and cords for blinds hidden. Babies have a tendency to grab strings and cords and accidentally choke.
  7. Keep your baby away from any open window that is not being watched over by yourself. In fact, it would be wise to keep your baby from any open windows – period.
  8. If you have to have a baby sitter to watch over your baby, be sure that they are at least 16 years or older, have been trained in infant safety and CPR, and make sure their references are solid.
  9. Never leave your baby alone in a room with another child 6 years of age or younger. Children in this age group tend to play roughly with babies as if they were dolls.
  10. If you are changing your baby on a changing table it is vital never to turn your back even for a split second. Babies can roll over in a heartbeat and harm themselves.

Home Safety for Kids

Accidents do happen and more often than not, in the home. As prevention is better than cure, parents can take precautions to make their home safer for their children.

In The Living Room

  • Make sure the floor is not wet, especially tiled or polished floors, which can be very slippery for toddlers. If you have carpets at home, check them regularly for holes or loose edges that might trip your child.
    If your child can reach the door handle, fix a bolt further up the door to keep it from your child’s reach.
  • If you’re living in a home with stairs, fix stairgates at the top and bottom of the staircase. The rails of the stairgate should not be more than 10cm apart. If the gap is too wide, the child could get his head stuck or get through the gap and fall down the stairs. Also make sure the gate is not high enough for the child to climd over.
  • If you have a balcony, fix it with railings to prevent your child from climbing over.
  • Avoid glass-topped tables and furniture that have sharp corners.
    Do not leave breakable objects, lighted cigarettes or lighters on low tables or within reach of your child.
  • Curtain ties and blinds cords should be wound up and kept out of reach as a child could be accidently strangled by a dangled cord.
    Keep railing wires out of sight and reach of your child so that he won’t trip over, pull, or worse, chew at the wires.
    Cover unused plu sockets with safety socket covers to prevent your child from experimenting with them.

In The Kitchen

The kitchen, with its various cooking activities and household utensils, makes it a potentially dangerous place for kids. Heres how you could minimise the risks to your child:

  • Turn pan handles or boiling kettles away from the cooker’s edge, so that your child will not reach it and get herself burnt. Teach your child what ‘hot’ means so that she understands a warning.
  • Keep all knives, cutlery, heavy pots and pans, medicines, cleaning solutions, matches or stove lighters safe in the drawers and cupboards, away from your child’s sight and reach.
  • Never allow your child to touch the microwave oven.
  • Keep chairs and stools away from work tops to prevent your child from climbing onto them.
  • Unplug electrical appliances when they are not in use.
  • Avoid using a tablecloth, even if it looks nice on the table. A walking toddler may pull at the tablecloth, thus bringing everything on the table down on himself.
  • Keep your kitchen floor clean and dry, and wipe up any spills immediately to prevent your child from slipping.
  • Make sure your kitchen windows are fixed with drills to prevent your child from climbing over.

In The Bedroom

  • Do not use cribs or Moses baskets once your baby is about 3 months old as they are not stable enough and may tip over if your baby moves too vigorously.
  • Your baby’s cot should be deep enough – at least 50cm from the mattress to the top of the rail to prevent him from climbing out.
  • The gap between the cot bars should be between 2.5cm and 6cm wide to avoid your baby getting his head stuck between the bars.
  • Do not use a pillow for a baby under 12 months as it could suffocate him. Put a pillow under the mattress instead if you need to raise his head.
  • Use a thin sheet or cellular blankets until your baby is at least 12 months old. A quilt may be too thick and your baby may risk pulling it over his face and getting suffocated.
  • Always put baby to sleep on his back or side, never on his front, to reduce the risk of cot death.
  • Once your child is old enough to climd out of his cot, transfer him to a bed.
  • Teach your child to tidy up his toys on the floor each time after he has played to prevent him from tripping over.
  • Make sure the bedroom windows are also fixed with grills.

In The Bathroom

  • Remember to turn off the heater each time after you have used it. This prevents your child from turning on the water and getting scalded.
  • Use non-slip mats on the floor of the bathroom.
  • Never leave your baby or toddler unattended in the bathroom. babies or children getting drowned in the bathtub or a pail of water is not uncommon.
  • Keep all toilet cleaners and bleach on a high shelf or cupboard, away from your child’s reach.
  • Other potential hazards such as mouthwash, make-up lotions, razors and aftershave should also be kept safely locked in a cabinet.
  • Keep the toilet bowl lid down after each use.
  • Do not mix toilet cleaners with bleach as the mixture can give off toxic fumes.

Why You Should Buy a Lightweight Stroller

It is surprising that more and more parents are opting to go for the lightweight strollers other than their counterparts who have more to offer and give the baby more room. However, this should not be a surprise as such given that the benefits that a parent enjoys from this type of stroller are exceptional and there are some great structural differences that the lightweight stroller has that can’t be matched by the normal makes. Despite the fact that normal strollers have more to offer, why exactly do parents still prefer the lightweight versions?

Features and Benefits of Light Weight Strollers

First off they are less expensive. A parent does not have to cough up insane amounts of money just to be able to afford their baby safe and comfortable carriage without having to carry them in their hands all around. The reduced cost of the light weight stroller is courtesy of the structural difference and the materials that have been used.

The extra weight of the regular stroller makes it hard to steer because of the extra weight and size. This makes it hard to avoid obstacles that could be a hazard to your precious baby like hitting the pavement. However, with the lightweight strollers, they have reduced weight that makes them easy to maneuver even when you’re in a crowded place like a mall or in a place with narrow pathways.

Travelling? And you need to carry a stroller? Well the lightweight stroller makes this look like a walk in the park. With its fold-able design it makes it easy to tuck it in your trunk or even on the overhead compartment in a plane. All you have to do is pop off the seat and you’re ready to go.

What Are Different Points Compared to Others

Just what makes light weight strollers special and more of a bargain than the normal ones? Well to begin with, they are made from
state of the art aluminum that makes the frame of the stroller weigh about 15 pounds or less and makes them quite sturdy.

They are quite compact and offer more flexibility. To fold them all you have to do is remove the seat and it folds to a very compact and small package that can fit into almost any space as compared to other strollers that require significantly more space.

Despite the cutting back on the products that are used in making the light weight strollers, one thing is constant and that is, safety for you and the baby is still a paramount factor and is carried on by the large wheels for better support complete with rear wheel breaks that make stopping the stroller anytime quite easy.

Additionally most lightweight strollers have a five point adjustable harnesses and belt that ensures that your baby is securely fastened in place in case you bumped into something or made an abrupt stop your child would not topple over.

It is not a wonder given all these factors and benefits that this type of stroller has to offer more parents still opt for it despite the wide range of the normal strollers that are available in the market. The one thing that parents care about is the safety, comfort-ability and usability of the stroller that they have and the lightweight stroller offers all that and more.