Baby Safety Month is a month dedicated to building awareness for the safety of babies and infants, with a focus on the toys and practices that may be unsafe. The month is sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Learn more about how to keep infants safe both at home and on the go.
September is Baby Safety Month
Baby Safety Month is sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in order to promote infant and child safety. Infants are often around products that can be dangerous if used improperly. The month was created in order to help parents understand how to keep their children safe in a variety of different spaces such as in cars, bathrooms, cribs, beds, and play areas.
The JPMA is a group that advocates and educates parents to keep their children safe. JPMA has been in existence for over 40 years. With support from the JPMA, parents are able to gain valuable information about consumer products for children.
Keep reading to learn more about Baby Safety Month and how to keep your child safe in everyday settings.
How to Keep Your Baby Safe Every Day
Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Parents and caregivers must be vigilant to keep their children safe from everyday hazards.
Learn more about baby safety tips that every parent should know below.
General Safety Tips
There are some basic safety tips that you want to think about when you are at home. Even though your home may be cozy and comfortable for you, some areas can be dangerous for a curious baby.
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe in the house:
- Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
- Baby proofing your home should start as soon as you learn about your pregnancy.
- Hazards such as electrical outlets are obviously dangerous, but you want to move things that can be pulled down, such as clothes or heavy objects that may be low to the ground.
- Older children can present hazards for new babies–don’t assume you can simply pass down old toys, especially if they have small parts.
- Your child is going to be touching, smelling, and licking everything they can get their hands on, so make sure that it will be a safe experience.
Bath Safety Tips
The bathroom can be a difficult place for children if safety precautions aren’t followed. Water can be a very serious hazard to infants.
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe in the bathroom:
- Do not allow older children to watch your infant in the tub without your presence.
- Do check the water’s temperature before bathing your child in the water.
- Do not leave your infant in the bathroom alone, for any reason.
- Do not let your child play with the faucets.
- Do not use any bath products that are broken or damaged in any way.
- Do not use products that are not specifically made for the bathroom.
Car Safety Tips
Cars get us where we need to go, but they also can be a tough place for babies.
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe in the car:
- Always double-check to make sure that infants are properly buckled in.
- Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on car seats.
- Check to see if your car seat is recalled for safety issues or if it is expired.
- Children should ride in the backseat until they are over the age of 13.
- Do not use car seats or booster seats that are second-hand. Only use new, undamaged car seats.
- Do not leave children alone in the car. It can be extremely dangerous for children when left alone in the heat.
- Make sure that infants ride in rear-facing seats.
- Make sure that your car doors are always locked while you are inside.
Sleep Safety Tips
Sleep is very important for babies, but it also presents a range of challenges for parents.
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe at bedtime:
- Babies should always be placed on their backs for sleeping.
- Do not place your baby in your bed.
- Don’t place toys in the same space that infants sleep.
- Make sure your crib is safety-approved.
Show Your Support For Baby Safety Month 2021
You can advocate and show support for Baby Safety Month by:
- Practicing safe habits at home and on the go and being mindful of dangerous products.
- Sharing safety tips with family and friends in person and online.
- Sharing safety tips through social media so those outside of your network can get the information.
Becoming a Safety Ambassador through JPMA is another option for supporting Baby Safety Month. Safety Ambassadors help educate parents and caregivers on the selection of safe toys and children’s products.
Supporting Baby Safety Month is important to all families as it can raise awareness to protect children around the world. Practicing these safety tips can ensure your child grows up in a safe and healthy environment.