Babies haven’t changed, 
but what we know about them has
A recent article I read got me thinking that it might be handy to share the current school of thought on what is safest for baby... I liked the way that a TIME magazine article put it- "babies haven’t changed, but what we know about them has."
(you can read the full TIMES magazine article HERE)

This also applies to young people, like me, who don't were just clueless about the baby "rules" (luckily my sister and the internet have given me a lesson!)

Here are today's tips for Baby Safety (as of 2013): 

SLEEP POSITION: Babies now snooze on their backs instead of their tummies — the hallmark of the “Back to Sleep” campaign.

CRIBS: Cribs should be bare of bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals and blankets. Today’s crib should contain a mattress, a crib sheet, and a baby — nothing else. Drop side cribs are unsafe.

CARSEATS: Infants should be placed in rear-facing car seats in the back seat until they are one year old and 22 pounds. Do not wrap baby in blankets or heavy clothing before placing in the car seat. Do not place extra padding under the baby. Secure infant snugly with harness straps and then cover with a blanket if desired. Pediatricians recommend remaining rear facing until 2 years old. Babies are 500% safer in a rear-facing position.

 NUTRITION:  Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

MEDICINE: Baby aspirins have been replaced with acetaminophen to treat children with a fever. Giving baby aspirin to a child with a fever may cause a serious illness called Reye’s syndrome. The old home remedy of rubbing whiskey on the gums of a child is also dangerous, as it’s found to be poisonous.

SWADDLING: Recent studies have shown that restricting arm movement is the best way to soothe a baby. But wrapping tightly below the belt could lead to hip dysplasia.

BABY POWDER:  This is one product that shouldn’t be on a modern changing table, since the tiny particles might irritate a baby’s delicate breathing passages if they’re inhaled. Instead, liberally apply a hypoallergenic baby moisturizing lotion to a freshly bathed baby.

BOTTLE FEEDING: Don't Add Cereal to a Bottle; Studies have shown that introducing cereal won’t help a baby sleep through the night any sooner. In fact, feeding solids before a young digestive system is ready to process them can lead to all sorts of tummy troubles — and even contribute to obesity later in life.

WALKERS: Walkers have a very high rate of accidental injury and should not be used. Studies have also shown that walkers hinder proper muscular development for standing and walking.

BABY CARRIERS: Baby carriers are a great way to take baby with you without the hassle of a stoller. However, babies should always be worn facing the wearer (whether on the front or the back). Wearing baby facing out doesn't support babies legs, and puts pressure on babies spine and groin. 

Handling a Newborn:
If you haven't spent a lot of time around newborns, their fragility may be intimidating. Here are a few basics to remember:

·         Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling a newborn. Young babies have not built up a strong immune system yet, so they are susceptible to infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby also has clean hands.

·         Be careful to support baby's head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay him or her down.

·         Make sure baby is securely fastened into the carrier, stroller, or car seat. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy.

·         Remember that newborns are not ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air.

(These are only rules for BABY/Infant safety... there's another whole set of topics once they start crawling and walking)

Anyone have any other safety tips they want to share? Please educate me!

Originally posted: 9/11/13

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