Keeping Your Little Ones Safe
Posted September 16th, 2016 by Michelle Lakov
At SimpliSafe, we understand what it means to protect. That's why we love helping you protect the people you love. And when it comes to babies, protection comes with a lot of questions: How do I protect my baby? What should I be protecting my baby from? How do I know which resources to trust? Well, in honor of Baby Safety Month, here are some basic tips, as well some links to more information provided by baby experts.
Baby Safety in Your Home:
Start with the obvious: medications, cleaning supplies, detergents, and so on. Lock these items out of reach of your child. You can be notified any time the medicine (or any other) cabinet is opened with our Secret Alerts. Keep substances in their original containers so that you always know what product you’re using. And before you buy, read the labels and stay informed. If you are a gun-owner, make sure you take extra precautions to keep your guns locked up.
Keep an extra eye on high-risk zones in your home. Places like the stove, stairs, garage, and bathtub are areas where your baby could potentially get hurt. Stay on top of any leaks that could cause you or your child to slip. Make sure furniture is stable and secured so that it can’t fall over.
Do your research before buying cribs, toys, strollers, or other baby accessories. Don’t be afraid to test out strollers or car seats in the store and make sure they meet all of your needs. Stay up to date on product recalls and follow instructions when putting things together.
It can seem like there is an endless list of potential threats in your home, but also remember to relax and follow common sense. Trust expert sources and trust your gut.
Baby Safety While They Sleep:
The biggest threat facing infants is SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In fact, SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants ages 1 month to 1 year. To help combat this threat, make sure to always lay your baby on their back. Don’t worry, they won’t roll over on their own. Once they are able to roll onto their stomachs, they are at an age where the risk of SIDS is significantly decreased.
It is also important to keep your baby on a firm mattress and keep anything soft or fluffy out of the crib. This means no blankets, pillows, or even cute toys. Your baby will be comfortable in their sleepwear - just make sure they don’t overheat!
Baby Safety With SimpliSafe:
So how can you use your SimpliSafe to protect your baby? Well, as mentioned before, Secret Alerts will become your new best friend. Use them to monitor where the baby is getting into, where there is water, or who is sleepwalking. Entry Sensors work well on cabinet doors. Motion Sensors will know if your baby is crawling away. Have another great use for Secret Alerts? Please let us know, so we can share with fellow new parents!
Also, make sure that your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are up to date, have new batteries, and have been cleaned recently. You don’t want false alarms waking up you or your baby in the middle of the night!
If you need it, don’t forget to ask for help from your partner, your family, your neighbors and your friends - everybody is excited to for your new baby and will be willing to lend a hand when you’re in need. Reach out to a doctor or another professional if you have questions that family members can’t answer. And if you ever need help with your home security system, don’t hesitate to ask us! We can be reached at 1-800-548-9508 9:00am-6:00pm Eastern Standard Time, 7 days a week.