Keeping Your House Safe For Children

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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Nothing is more pleasing to the eye than seeing your adorable infant entering his or her toddler years. And before you know it, you will be chasing the toddler around as he roams around the home freely and at will. Oh the joy of parenthood!

With physical and mental growth comes curiosity. As the child begins to explore the enormous world around him, there comes danger in all forms. It is extremely important at this moment in time to make your home a truly safe haven for your young angel.

You can never be too safe, but maximum precautions must be taken. There are many ways to child proof a house. The state of Arizona has one of the highest fertility rates in the United States. You will not have any problems finding baby stores in Phoenix, Arizona.

Let's start you off with a few ideas!

Cover those outlets!

Electricity is indeed a blessing. However, it can also turn into a curse for your baby! Children, as naive as they are, do not understand the dangers posed to them. It is not uncommon to see children trying to insert objects into power outlets including their fingers. For this reason, it is important to cover all your outlets with plastic plates. Believe me, you will be glad that you did.

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.

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Those modern kitchens act like magnets!

The colorful kitchens with all sorts of bits and bobs will delight your child. From the shiny crockery to the vibrant low-lying cupboards – and all that they hold inside – will be irresistible for your child. Begin childproofing this part of your house by keeping all of these things out of their reach and no matter what, never leave sharp objects lying around.

Restrict certain areas all together!

Safety gates can be installed to restrict child's access to certain areas. Corridors leading to staircases, kitchen or toilets – all can be turned into no-go areas. Such gates are available in all forms and sizes and are easily installed. You will definitely have peace of mind knowing that your child isn't wandering off anywhere while you cook dinner!

Cushion those edges!

A good place to start cushioning edges would be your furniture, especially those with the sharp edges. As the child grows in height, he becomes vulnerable to these sharp edges, with even a slight accident posing a potential threat of severe injuries. Another option would be dedicate a room for your baby to play around in where you can place baby furniture which is much safer. Lots of stores can be found that keep baby furniture in Gilbert, AZ, too.

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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