Babies don’t come with a manual, but there are plenty of resources out there to keep you up-to-date on important safety recommendations and protocols. Like any job, parents should seek out further education and training to ensure they’re always equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to do the best they can.

To learn a few basics for keeping your baby safe, here is a safety guide to help you navigate some common situations with your new baby.

Bedroom and Sleep Safety

Keep furniture away from the window
Follow the ABC’s of safe sleep – alone (no bedding or stuffed animals), on his/her back, in a crib or bassinet
Ensure changing area is safe by keeping lotions and creams out of baby’s reach. Never leave baby unattended during a diaper change – buckle the safety strap if one is available. Keep one hand on baby at all times.
Bath Safety

Gather and prepare all supplies before beginning the bath
Keep supplies within arms-reach so you never have to leave baby unattended or take your eyes off of baby
Use a gentle liquid soap to clean baby carefully
Use nonslip bath mats in the tub and on the bathroom floor to prevent slipping
Eating Safety

Always hold baby’s bottle, never prop it up while baby drinks
Set-up a designated nursing or feeding spot to prevent falling asleep while feeding baby to avoid sleep-related accidents
Always secure the safety straps around baby in the high chair
Never leave baby unattended in the high chair
Ensure that the wheels are in the locked position when in use
Offer age-appropriate food options and teach appropriate portion sizes and bite sizes to prevent choking
Car Safety

Using a safe car seat is one of the most important ways to protect your baby.
Ensure your car seat is properly installed before using by following installation instructions and having it checked at a health department, fire station, or police station.
Ensure the straps are snug and the buckle is placed at chest level, even with the armpits.
Follow recommendations for rear-facing car seats and age-appropriate modifications
Do not use the car seat as a replacement for a crib or safe sleeping space, even if it seems baby sleeps better there.
Play Safety

Never leave baby unattended, bring baby with you if the doorbell rings, etc. or place baby in the crib or a safe, secure place if you must divert your attention elsewhere
Anchor heavy furniture to the wall so if baby bumps into it there is no risk of a tip-over accident
Be vigilant about vacuuming and keeping baby’s play area free of choking hazards
Cover electrical outlets
Install baby gates to keep baby in/out of designated spaces
Place latches on cupboards and drawers with dangerous utensils, dishware, and appliances.

Many of you may be unaware that September is Baby Safety Month. As strong advocates of baby safety, we are proud to introduce our own podcast dedicated to helping parents raise healthy babies. The Healthy Baby Podcast will share meaningful and in-depth advice that ranges across differing pregnancy and parenting topics. In honor of Baby Safety Month, our first monthly podcast features the topic of safe sleep.

Owlet CEO, Kurt Workman, had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the topic of safe sleep with Dr. Joseph Hagerman, neonatologist, and pediatrician with over 30-years of experience. Tune in as they discuss what safe sleep means and why it is important to practice safe sleep with your own children.

Although Baby Safety Month is a good reminder for parents to practice safe sleep, we really want to stress the importance of it. Throughout our podcast, we shared safe sleep recommendations that we believe each parent should follow. Check out our top five safe sleep takeaways from the podcast, as they are outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

5 Safe Sleep Takeaways:

Always place baby on his/her back.
Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface. The AAP recommends using a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet only.
Soft objects and loose bedding should be kept away from the infant’s sleep area.
It is recommended to room-share, not bed-share, with your baby on a separate sleeping surface.
Avoid overheating by keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature.
You can join the conversation as we discuss infant health in the future with medical and technology experts and learn from experiences shared directly from new and expecting parents.

There are lots of factors to consider when buying a stroller, which can make the process quite daunting. Especially when it comes to safety. So we’ve put together a baby stroller safety guide to help you make the right choice for your family.

Things to consider when selecting a stroller

Where you live – Are you in an urban area that requires a lot of walking, or in a suburb? Choosing the correct stroller for where you live is a vital part of stroller safety.
Your family dynamic – Do you have one child or six? Is a double stroller a good idea? Do you need a travel system that is customizable? Picking the right stroller for your family dynamic ensures that your baby (and other children) will be seated safely and according to their age.
Activity level and accessories – Are you planning on using your stroller for running or jogging? Do you absolutely have to have a cup holder or a stroller caddy? Make sure the stroller you buy can handle your activity level and has the accessories that you want to ensure that you use it properly.
Picking an age-appropriate stroller

One of the most important things you can do when selecting a stroller is choosing one that is age-appropriate. If you are buying a stroller for a newborn, you need to be aware that not all strollers are suitable for newborns. Please consider the following:

Umbrella strollers or other non-reclinable strollers are not suitable for children under six months. Your child should be able to sit up on her own before using these types of strollers.
Most jogging strollers are not suitable for children under six months for the same reasons as above. If you really want to jog with your baby, make sure your jogging stroller has an adapter for your baby’s infant seat, and secure her in the stroller that way.
If your stroller comes with a bassinet/carrycot, don’t use it at home unless it’s been approved for home use. Also, don’t place soft bedding in the bassinet with your baby, as it creates a suffocation risk.
Be aware of any weight or height limits that are associated with your stroller.
Final tips

Familiarize yourself with all of the stroller’s features, and practice them all before placing your baby in the stroller. Fold and unfold the stroller, buckle and unbuckle the straps, raise and lower the backrest, and attach and remove an infant seat to the stroller frame. Make sure it’s always clicked into place before placing the baby in the seat. And test the brakes.
ALWAYS strap your child in. Just do it.
Make sure to always use your stroller’s brakes when it’s not in use or you’re not moving.
Be aware of any safety recalls associated with your stroller. If it’s a new stroller, make sure you register it with the company, and you can track the model, manufacturer, and manufacturer date here.

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