We understand that keeping your family safe is your top priority. From their first steps to the moment they’re out on their own (and beyond), you dedicate your life to ensuring your loved ones are well taken care of. What better time to celebrate keeping your family safe than Baby Safety Month?
Take a look as we dive into the history of Baby Safety Month and outline some essential ways you can keep your little ones safe in and around your home, no matter the season!
Baby Safety Month Explained
Baby Safety Month takes place every September, cleverly connecting the ninth month of the year and the 9 months a baby is carried. The celebration started in 1983 when the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) campaigned for an “Expectant Monther’s Day.” Over the years, JPMA expanded the celebration, and by 1991, “Baby Safety Month” was born!
JPMA created the month-long celebration to “educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products,” like car seats, cribs, and toys. Today, the organization aims to provide resources and tips that encourage us all to become safety ambassadors for the little ones in our lives.
Ways To Protect Your Curious Toddlers
While you may not be able to protect your little ones from everything all the time, you can absolutely take positive steps to ensure their safety both inside and outside of the home. Take a look!
Tips for Baby-Proofing Indoors
It’s easy to think that your family is safe and secure indoors. But plenty of places inside your home can compromise your little one’s safety. If you haven’t already, consider incorporating the following safety measures throughout your home.
Placing baby-proof locks and latches on doors or cabinets is a simple and cost-effective solution to keep your toddlers safe. It might seem like we’re stating the obvious, but it’s so crucial that household cleaners be locked up in cabinets that crawling babies and toddlers cannot access.
According to the March of Dimes, the safest way for a baby to sleep is on their back on a flat, firm surface like a crib or bassinet. Loose bedding, toys, and other soft items should be removed from inside the crib to eliminate choking or suffocation hazards.
One of the best proactive ways to protect your baby (and the rest of your family) is through education. It’s relatively easy to become CPR certified, which can drastically help protect your children. You can usually find a CPR Certification class from your local Red Cross Office. Encourage the other members of your home to educate themselves on the best practices for creating a safe environment for baby.
Tips for Baby Proofing Outdoors
From your backyard to your car and everywhere in between, there are important measures you can take while outside and on the go that can help protect your baby.
Ensure you're using the proper car seat for the age and height of your child and that it's still within its acceptable use dates. Car seats generally expire within 6-10 years from the date of manufacture, so it's always best to know exactly how long you've had them. Then, regularly inspect the car seat in detail to make sure it's functional and fastened correctly in your car. Taking the extra few minutes before each car trip to check for stability can help call attention to any mishaps in fastening or defects on the car seat.
While in the car, try using a dashboard reminder to help you remember your little one is in the backseat. It may seem impossible to forget, but every year there are dozens of parents caught up in the morning hustle of getting to work or school and accidentally forget their sleeping baby is in the back seat. Try using a dashboard reminder or app to remind you to check the backseat for every trip. Some even plug right into your car!
As your baby starts to toddle, it's so essential to secure your exterior doors with baby-proof locks. But, if they do manage to make their way through, having a clean and hazard-free yard can greatly help protect them. Remember to always put away gardening equipment and chemicals in a locked shed or garage, and secure fire pits, play sets, and pools as much as possible.
When it comes to backyard safety, a fence can be one of the best sources of protection for your little ones. They can keep your toddlers securely away from the pools, grills, or other potentially harmful areas in your backyard. For example, our BABY-LOC removable pool fencing is a convenient, cost-effective way to deter toddlers from gaining access to a swimming pool, raised deck or dock. A BABY-LOC fence adds an extra layer of protection to safeguard your most valuable asset: your family.
If you have a swimming pool, a safety pool cover is, without a doubt, the best protection you can have for your baby (furbabies included). They can provide certified protection that keeps little ones safe. For example, LOOP-LOC Safety Pool Covers have undergone extensive outside testing through Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and are the only mesh covers in the industry to have earned the seal of approval for safety swimming pool covers.
Quality. Safety. Every Time.
There is no substitute for adult supervision when it comes to keeping your children safe. But no parent can be everywhere, every minute. That's why it's so important to take proactive and preventative measures to keep your little ones safe, whether at home, in the yard, or on the go.
At LOOP-LOC, we understand that safety is and will always be your number one priority–it's ours too! So we'll stop at nothing to provide you and your home with the most reliable pool safety covers and fences that add an extra layer of protection during Baby Safety Month and all year.
Contact your dealer today to see how you can enhance your backyard safety!