Posted: Sep 10, 2014 5:00 AM
There are so many warnings floating around about baby safety that some parents wish they could just wrap them in duct tape for 18 years. Since September is Baby Safety Month we thought we’d test our knowledge. How well will you score?
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Each September the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors Baby Safety Month as a way to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and use juvenile products safely. There is a different theme each year, and for 2014 the theme is Making Baby Safer, Room By Room. Baby proofing your home is crucial to your baby's safety, especially once she is crawling around on her own. How good is your baby safety knowledge?

When should you put your baby into the bathtub?

  • a. While the water is running, so she doesn't get a chill.
  • b. Before you turn on the water.
  • c. After the tub has been filled to the proper level.

Leaving your baby in the tub either before filling with water or as it fills is dangerous because the water level may get too high, or the temperature of the water coming from the faucet may fluctuate and Baby may get burned.

When is your baby old enough to sit in the bathtub and play with bath toys?

  • a. By the time he is 6 months old.
  • b. Never. Babies should not sit in the bathtub unsupervised for any reason.
  • c. When she is old enough to crawl.

Your baby should never be left alone in the bathtub for any reason, but especially not as a place to play. It takes a very shallow amount of water for your baby to drown, which can happen even when Mom just leaves briefly.

Which type of stroller is safest for newborns?

  • a. Any stroller you can purchase has been tested to be safe for newborns.
  • b. A jogging stroller is the safest for newborns.
  • c. Only strollers that recline are safe for newborns, who aren't old enough to hold their heads up.

Young babies don't have adequate head control and should only be seated in a reclining stroller.

What is the safest place for a newborn baby to nap?

  • a. In her car seat, buckled in for safety.
  • b. In a crib or bassinet.
  • c. In the middle of a large bed, since she can't move anyway.

Babies should not be allowed to sleep for extended periods in the car seat, especially after you have reached your destination and removed the seat from the car. The middle of a large bed isn't always safe, since at some point your baby will roll over — and you can't predict when it will happen.

Which of these are all-natural foods you can start introducing to your baby around 6 months of age?

  • a. Honey
  • b. Eggs
  • c. Carrots
  • d. Cow's milk
  • e. All of the above

Honey may be a natural product, but it can be dangerous when given to young babies due to the risk of botulism, and shouldn't be introduced until after your baby turns 1 year old. Eggs and cow's milk are two of the most likely allergens for young babies and children, and shouldn't be introduced until after 1 year of age either. Carrots are a wonderful first food for babies when steamed and pureed.

At what age can you safely stop using the special detergent for Baby's clothes?

  • a. 3 months
  • b. 6 months
  • c. 1 year
  • d. You don't need the special detergent.

Unless your baby has allergies or sensitive skin, using a regular detergent on her clothes shouldn't cause any problems.

Which types of medications are OK to leave within reach of your baby?

  • a. Medications intended for babies, such as infant Tylenol or infant cough syrup.
  • b. Only those medications that have a childproof top.
  • c. No medications are safe to be left within reach of your baby.
  • d. Inhalers, because babies can't get anything out of them.

Even those bottles that have childproof caps are not safe enough to be left anywhere where your baby or young child may be able to reach them. Inhalers can easily be pushed by a baby or toddler, dispensing the medication into their face or mouth. Even over-the-counter items can be toxic if eaten or ingested.

How did you do?^

Stay ahead of baby safety this month — and every month. For more information check out Baby Safety Zone, a great resource for all things baby safety sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association.

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