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September is Baby Safety Month


September is Baby Safety Month

For new parents and guardians your babys safety is a main priority and a topic of focus throughout the day. In this modern age, many parents choose to bring their baby any and every where the parent is going which is great for the baby, but can also pose increased safety risks for parents to be aware of.

September is Baby Safety Month sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This September, JPMA is helping to educate parents, guardians and caregivers on the importance of safely using wearable infant products including soft infant carriers, frame carriers, and slings. As baby wearing by both mom and dad becomes more popular, this information is just in time to keep those little ones safe.

Below is a list of tips and safe practice techniques provided by the JPMA that parents can employ to keep their baby safe whether wearing or carrying their baby:



1. Soft Infant Carriers: Soft infant Carriers offer a wonderful way to increase your bond with your baby. These type of carriers are made up of shoulder straps supporting a fabric seat. They are most usually designed to have your baby ride on your chest, facing inward or outward, or on your back or hip, and have adjustable settings to help distribute your baby's weight across your back and shoulders proportionately.



Tips for using a Soft Infant Carrier:

• Baby's head should not be covered by any fabric.

• Parents and caregivers should be able to look at baby's entire face when they are carrying the child.

• Be sure that baby is not hunched with chin touching chest.

• Baby's face should not be pressed tight against wearer.

• Always make sure your baby has plenty of airflow.

• A carrier should only be used when walking with the baby.

• Carriers should not be used for transporting baby in a car or on a bicycle.

• Be sure baby's weight is evenly distributed in the carrier and all safety straps are secured.

• Check the carrier periodically for sharp edges, ripped seams, and missing or loose snaps.

• Read and follow all manufacturer's instructions for use and age and weight recommendations.

• Do not cover baby's face with a blanket, nursing covers, etc.

• Attend to and check on baby often.

• Be extra cautious of tripping hazards while walking with baby in the carrier.

• Take extra precaution carrying a baby that is at risk including those that have health conditions, are born prematurely or are younger than four months old. In these instances, parents should consult a physician prior to using any baby carrier.



2. Frame Carriers: Frame carriers are often sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame, which is designed to contain a child in an upright position on the back of the parent. A perfect solution for taking baby on long or short outdoors trips.



Tips for using a Frame Carriers:

• A frame style carrier can be used when baby can sit up unassisted.

• Frame carriers should not be used for transporting baby in a car or on a bicycle.

• Be sure baby's weight is evenly distributed in the carrier and all safety straps are secured.

• Check the carrier periodically for sharp edges, ripped seams, and missing or loose snaps.

• Read and follow all manufacturer's instructions for use and age and weight recommendations.

• Make sure a frame carrier fits correctly and is adjusted properly.

• Choose a model that has a stable support stand that allows you to prop it up while putting your child in or taking them out.

• Protect baby from the elements with the provided canopy, sunscreen (if older than 6 months), hat, and eye protection.

• Be cautious of yours and baby's surroundings. Be aware of dangerous objects your baby can see and reach while on your back. Be extra cautious of tripping hazards while walking with baby in the carrier.

• Attend to and check on baby often.



3. Slings: Slings, Wraps, and Baby Wearing: Slings and Wraps are designed to replicate carrying your baby in your arms. Your baby should be in a similar position as if you were carrying him or her in your arms.

Tips for using a Sling or Wrap:

• Check your baby's position by embracing him after settling him into the slings or wrap; his position should not shift significantly in your embrace.

• Make sure baby's face is visible at all times.

• Baby's head should not be covered by any fabric.

• Parents and caregivers should be able to look at baby's entire face when they are carrying the child and be close enough to kiss the baby's head.

• Be sure that baby is not hunched with chin touching chest.

• Baby's face should not be pressed tight against wearer.

• Always make sure your baby has plenty of airflow.

• A sling or wrap should only be used when walking with the baby.

• Slings and wraps should not be used for transporting baby in a car or on a bicycle.

• Check the sling or wrap periodically for tears or ripped seams.

• Read and follow all manufacturer's instructions for use and age and weight recommendations.

• Do not cover baby's face with a blanket, nursing covers, etc.

• Attend to and check on baby often.

• After nursing in a sling, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother's body.

• Be extra cautious of tripping hazards while walking with baby in the carrier.

• Take extra precaution carrying a baby that is at risk including those that have health conditions, are born prematurely or are younger than four months old. In these instances, parents should consult a physician prior to using any sling or wrap.

Everyday Safety: Traveling outdoors with your baby offers many hours of fun as well as memorable experiences. It easily enhances the parent-child bond with either mom or dad and offers the convenience of hands-free mobility yet still allows baby to be close and safe. Here are some additional Everyday Tips for Wearing or Carrying your baby:

• Carriers and slings should not be used while driving, jogging, skating, boating, or riding a bike.

• When picking something up while wearing a carrier, always bend at the knees so that baby doesn't fall out.

• Do not cook while baby is in the carrier.

• Stay off stools and ladders while wearing a carrier.

• Do not reach for overhead items that could fall and hit baby on the head.

• Inspect your carrier regularly to ensure it is sound. Check the fabric, seams, and any buckles or other fasteners. Do this every time you use it.

• When using carriers out and about, check that your baby is secure by using reflective surfaces such as car or store windows as mirrors, by double checking the baby's position with your hands, or by enlisting the help of another set of eyes.

• You shouldn't do it while pregnant because of an enhanced risk of falls.

• Be extra cautious of tripping hazards while walking with baby in the carrier.

• If you should wear protective gear while doing an activity, you shouldn't do it while carrying a baby.

• Protect your baby from the elements. Little limbs and heads may need sun protection. Don't dress your baby too warmly in the summer, and don't use a baby carrier under circumstances that could cause the baby to suffer heat stress. Don't let your baby get too cold in the winter. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months old.

• Be aware of what your baby can reach. In particular, be aware that a baby on your back can reach things you can't see.

• Don't put loose items in the carrier with your baby that can be choking hazards, that can poke your baby, or that can cover your baby's face.

By following these simple safety tips for wearing or carrying your baby, you both can enjoy a fun day out with the peace of mind in knowing your baby is safe and secure.

To learn more about keeping your baby or child safe please go to www.jpma.org. And to purchase baby and child safety products, please go to Health and Safety

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