Within the past few weeks Caleb finally started doing what we all new was coming – scooting. He’d previously been able to get from place to place by rolling but now that he’s scooting he’s quicker than I could imagine. (I’m already dreading the day he learns how to crawl!) My little man loves getting into things he’s not supposed to, finding things to chew on that he’s not supposed to, and – basically – becoming pretty accident prone.
If you have a kiddo like mine, you’re certainly learning ways to keep your child safe this summer. I’m certainly not an expert but here are a few things I’ve figured out as I’ve gone along.
Water is such a fun way for kids to keep cool during the summertime but pools – even little kiddie pools – have the potential of being very dangerous. I feel like I’m constantly reading about kids drowning or dry drowning and it’s a great reminder to be intentional about water safety. Caleb adores playing in his little swimming pool and he’s getting to be more and more comfortable in water but, in reality, doesn’t know what he’s doing. We make sure we’re always right there next to him while he’s swimming, ready to catch him when he tips over and starts to fall in. (Which he’s done on more than one occasion) It’s awesome if your little one loves swimming too but make sure you’re always withing arm reach – ready to help your kiddo however needed.
Fan and Air Conditioner Safety
Maybe you live in a place like Portland where there are very few houses that have built in air conditioning units. In this huge heat wave we’ve had we’ve been using box fans and stand up AC units throughout the house. If your little one is anything like ours, he is fascinated by the machines. Caleb loves to scoot on over and chew on the cords, try to stick his fingers in the fan, or knock the units on top of him. We’ve been intentional about making sure the cords are tucked away as well as possible, the grates in front of the fan are secure, and nothing is able to fall on him. Even so, we work our rear ends off keeping him away from the cooling units. If your little one is as obsessed with cords as our kiddo then I really feel for you.
The insides of cars get stinking hot! We all should know not to leave our babies in the car but have you thought about other aspects of carseat safety? Maybe I’m the only one, but I never thought about how hot the metal buckles could get. One afternoon, when Caleb and I were running errands, I set him in his carseat and he started crying. Turns out, the metal buckle had gotten so hot that it had burned his thigh. I obviously felt horrible about it and, you better believe, I make sure his buckles are out of the way when I put him in his seat now. Check to make sure your little one’s seat is safe for her before putting her into it. There’s not much worse than a little one with a hurt leg.
None of us want our kids to suffer in the heat. Sunscreen, hats, and clothes that cover more of a percentage of the body are very necessary – especially for my fair skinned little one. I’ve purposely found some sunscreen that is gentle on the skin and that has a high SPF to protect Caleb. It’s also so important to make sure little ones are hydrated. They can’t tell us if they’re thirsty so we’re the ones who are responsible for making sure to nurse or bottle feed them on a regular basis – even if it’s not necessarily for hunger. Most newly mobile babies are old enough to drink water too so, if your baby is only needing to be hydrated, some water is a good solution.
Even if you’re the most conscientious parent, accidents still happen! It’s important to make sure you have a plan on how you’ll handle any accidents that could occur. When unexpected injuries happen, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance like Aflac’s accident policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses. The total cost of unintentional injuries in 2011 was $753 billion!!! It’s unknown what the total will be this year but don’t be caught being someone that adds it!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Anything you’d add to this safety list?
What’s your favorite sunscreen for babies?