Keeping Children Safe When Having Fun On Outdoor Play Equipment

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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Because playing is a child's basic means of learning about the world he or she lives in, it is our responsibility as parents to expose them to playground equipment on parks and school grounds. Nevertheless, before we let them have fun out there, we should make sure that our little angel does so safely.

Although some parents find it logical to leave the kids on their own as they play on seesaws and slides to teach them of independence, we must not be complacent about their safety because they may be vulnerable to traumatic injuries if we let them be on their own at all times. So, how can we keep them safe in the said leisure facility at all times?

1. Supervise closely your child playing from a safe distance. Not only should mums, dads, and nannies monitor their playing children from a reassuring distance, they should also bring first-aid kits and food to keep their little angel nourished and safe from bruises and wounds.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

2. Inspect if the outdoor play equipment are well-maintained. Before letting children play on roundabouts, inspect if the leisure equipment is properly cleaned and check for splinters or broken wood. As for the rest that are made from metals, see if there are no traces of rust.

3. See the arrangement in the playground. As much as you would want your little angel to mingle with older kids who can play with them on the seesaw, it is best if you let them play with facilities designated for their age. Typically, when younger children play on equipment that is not their size, they may be exposing themselves to potential dangers. Aside from this, see if each play equipment are amply spaced from one another so your kids will not be hurting themselves whenever they run and chase each other.

4. Remind your kids on basic playground safety rules. Of course, your kid's safety will not only rely on you-they are also responsible for themselves. So, before they head for any foundation stage playground equipment, teach them not to push other kids around as well as stay away from unruly and mischievous ones. Also, teach them to not leave their things anywhere because such clutter can cause somebody to stumble or trip.

With all these tips, you can increase your chances of keeping your beloved children safe and happy as they check out and have fun on adventure playground equipment in parks, gyms, and other leisure facilities in your locality.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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