My boys are irreplaceable. They are the most precious cargo in our vehicles. The most valuable things in our home. The bond between parents and children is so strong, it is really no wonder that we just want to protect them. Keep them safe. I have three boys ages 7, 5 and 18 months and they really are my world.
No matter how careful we are we can’t protect them everything. I can stay close by my son at the park. Help him catch his balance and direct him to age appropriate equipment. But I can’t always catch him before his slips, no matter how I try. Scraped knees, goose eggs, and bruises on his shins are a part of growing up. Yet that doesn’t mean that I can’t try to keep him as safe as possible, especially in environments that I control like our home and vehicle.
That is why I’m proud to say I’ve joined the Safety 1st Ambassador program.
Accidental injury is one of the top five causes of death (CDC). Safety 1st is driven by a single-minded focus of making the world a safer and happier place for our cherished little ones to grow up in – whether in their car seat on their first ride home, snuggled in a bassinet, or staying entertained in a bouncer. At Safety 1st we attribute our continued success to an unwavering commitment to child safety, innovation, quality and value. It’s what parents look for from Safety 1st, and what we are proud to continuously deliver.
Through this program, I will be sharing tips and advice on how to keep children as safe as possible in the home and when riding in the back seat of the car. And along the way I hope to learn more myself about ways in which I can improve our family’s safety.
September is Baby Safety Month.
With September being Baby Safety Month, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese shares some fabulous home safety tips that you may not have considered!
- Give Yourself a Head Start You may not be thinking of safeguarding as a necessity while decorating the new nursery, but it’s a great idea to check it off before the baby arrives. Pushing it off could leave you scrambling to catch up once baby starts to crawl. Start with the obvious rooms first, like the nursery and family room and move through the house to each of the rooms you see yourself and your baby together. As a bonus, starting this during pregnancy allows you to add these essential items to your registry.
- Get a Baby’s Eye View Always remember to look at a room from your baby’s point of view. Getting down on your hands and knees will give you a better idea of what your baby sees and what sort of things will look attractive to curious eyes. Cords and smaller items that are hidden away from a standing adult are suddenly visible. Cord protectors and covers are easy to buy, but sometimes safeguarding simply means moving tempting objects to a high and out of reach place. Look around each room for low furniture with sharp corners and edges. Many brands provide temporary protective bumpers and corner guards that can be removed later once your baby has stopped using furniture as an aid in early standing. Check for large furniture pieces, such as entertainment centers and drawers. These should be firmly anchored to the wall and cabinet doors locked. What seems like simple furniture to an adult can easily become an attractive ladder to a young child.
- Keep Secrets One of the most common ways safety devices are defeated is through simple observation. A good lock or latch can help keep a cabinet off limits for those first years, but toddlers learn by watching adults act. Use your body to block the view when unlocking a lock or loosening a latch and never allow them to “play” with it. As we all know, our own children are always the cleverest!
- Stay Out! The most effective way to keep children safe is to simply create off-limit areas and teach your child right off to avoid them. Laundry rooms, garages and balconies should be made available only to age appropriate children who have learned to avoid the hazards that each of these present. A safety lock or doorknob cover can be the first layer of protection for these interior rooms and be sure to install hard to reach locks for doors leading to the outside, basement and other high hazard rooms. Be sure to back these physical precautions up with age appropriate parental commands emphasizing that these areas are not child friendly and not meant for play.
In honor of Baby Safety Month, Safety 1st will be donating the home safety bundles to a worthy military mom via Operation Shower. Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families. The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide joyful – AWESOME – baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.
Products included in the bundle:
- Easy-Fit® Security Gate The Safety 1st pressure mounted high gate is easy to assemble. It has a one handed lock and release handle that is convenient for parents to unlock and relock. It expands wide so as to accommodate different size door openings.
- Safety 1st Secure Mount Deadbolt Lock This easy to install lock requires no adhesives or drilling and leaves no marring on the door after removal. The simple installation takes just 3-steps, making it easy for parents to prevent children from opening doors with deadbolt locks.
- Décor – Double Door Slide Lock This sturdy Double Door Slide Lock helps keep children out of cabinets that are off-limits. Fits knobs and handles up to 5.5 inches apart. Easy for adults to use and install and comes in a 2-pack.
- Cord Short’ner Safety 1st cord short’ner, use this cord shortener to help keep dangling power cords out of your child’s reach. Stores up to 4′ (122 cm) of excess cord. Accommodates most power cords.
- Double-Touch Plug ‘N Outlet Covers Ideal for outlets your family uses frequently, these Plug ‘N Outlet Covers by Safety 1st are easy to operate on a daily basis and require no hardware installation. Includes two covers that fit over outlets with plugs, child-resistant double-touch release and is removable and reusable.
Safety 1st would also like to offer this same Home Safety bundle to one of my lucky readers worth over $50!
- Easy-Fit® Security Gate
- Safety 1st Secure Mount Deadbolt Lock
- Décor – Double Door Slide Lock
- Cord Short’ner
- Double-Touch Plug ‘N Outlet Covers
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Disclosure: I have been compensated through the Safety 1st Ambassador Blogging Program which also included samples. Some information shared has been provided by Safety 1st. My thoughts are my own.