Becoming a new parent is an exhilarating and terrifying prospect. Things worth doing require hard work, dedication and yes, courage. Parenting is like that, and believe us: you will survive.
The experience is different for parents as the special bond that is created between mother/father and child creates a special kind of paranoia, perhaps at times irrational and in other instances, sage and instinctual.
So mothers, let’s face those top 10 baby dangers all parents are worried about head on. These concerns are very real and worthy of discussion, let’s dive in.
1) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: You’ve been hearing about SIDS, people have been mentioning it and you’ve been trying to grasp what exactly it is. Basically SIDS is a real but extremely rare occurrence— where baby could by some aggravating factors stop breathing in the middle of the night. There are definitive ways to significantly reduce your baby’s risk, including putting baby to sleep on his or her back, sharing a room with baby (but not a bed), keeping pillows, stuffed animals, bumpers and thick blankets out of the crib, and keeping baby’s room cool. Babies are so small and delicate they are basically learning how to breathe! As a mother, by helping to ensure that nothing will impede this process, in the middle of the night, when your baby is focused on sleeping, you can eliminate any chances of the unthinkable happening. You’ve done all the right things, your baby is strong and healthy, educate yourself on SIDS and you’ll see you can be an active agent in protecting your baby.
2) Sleep Deprivation. Mothers, sleep deprivation is dangerous for your baby, and what we mean is: your sleep! Baby needs parents to be alert and present. We understand this is very hard, especially for single mothers. Our best advice is to create a bedtime ritual to get your baby into a proper and healthy sleeping pattern right away. This is truly a possibility, not a myth. Talk to your pediatrician about what you can do to accomplish this right away. A few difficult nights of sleep training could mean the difference between happy parent or zombie parent. Also employ the help of white noise machines, before-bed breastfeeding tactics, and when possible, daddy’s help.
3) Are we prepared enough? Parents will ask themselves this constantly and will never have the right answer. The best strategy is to focus on the task at hand. Focus on your baby and their immediate needs. The danger is that the extra products and baby aids could be a distraction from what baby truly needs: your attention. Be there for your baby every day.
4) Bath Time. This is a serious subject. Bath time is important, and fun, but it has to be done carefully and with constant attention. Babies bathe three times a week, so you have plenty of time to look over this resource we have linked that helps with the basics of baby bath time. There are hidden dangers you can easily avoid.
5) Dangerous products. There are plenty of baby products, new and old, that are simply not safe for your little one. Some walkers are dangerous; crib bumpers, blankets, and plush toys, while adorning baby’s bed also increase risk of SIDS. Bathtub seats are unpredictable and dangerous as baby grows. Our best input is to use our online resources, product reviews from other parents and stay up on consumer reports. We told you your life was going to change.
6) How dangerously delicate is my baby’s head soft spots? Legitimate concern, but over stated. Baby’s soft cranium is actually very resilient. Of course, protect your baby’s head at all cost, this is the most important area in your world, but a baby is not a porcelain doll. You can caress and kiss your baby’s head as you wish. With time, the bones structures will fuse and you can move on to other worries.
7) Vaccines, am I making the right choices? Perhaps a controversial subject with the climate of this conversation, but any pediatrician will tell you that infants and young children need vaccines because the diseases they protect against can strike at an early age and can be very dangerous in childhood. This includes rare diseases and more common ones, such as the flu. Babies will interact and come in contact with other humans, (let’s hope so) and their strengthening immunities will be bolstered by the medical protections vaccines provide.
8) Umbilical cord care, or healing circumcision care: Infections are very real and must be prevented. Umbilical cord issues will be resolved within the first three weeks of your newborns life, but infections are something to become educated about. Your pediatrician will have much to add to this conversation and it’s a good thing you’ll have plenty of appointments in the first two years of your baby’s life. In the interim, you can use online resources or helpful books to get schooled on infection concerns.
9) Bed sharing. There are some advocates for bed sharing out there, and they always point out the bond that is being created with your baby as a big plus. Basically, starting with the added SIDS risk factors due to bed sharing, there is no real discussion after that. In addition, a baby needs you every moment of the day, but they are on a journey to become an independent person. Sleep training helps to establish this and bed sharing is a questionable practice that resources and studies have overwhelmingly denounced.
10) Falling off the diapering area. Indeed, every room is a potential dangerous place for our babies. Even the diapering area can be filled with peril, especially as baby grows and gets stronger and more mobile. Certified baby safety experts can help in this department by sharing tried and true resources that can make any room, or diaper area safe for your baby.
At Kiddie Proofers, our certified safety experts can provide an in-home room by room baby proofing consultation and will evaluate potential hazards and provide recommendations on reducing dangers in your home so you can sleep better!