Safety First with Safety 1st!

Safety 1st Home Safety Giveaway BundleWhen you find out for the first time you’re going to be a parent, it can be an exciting time… and also a nerve wracking time too.  The overwhelming senses of responsibility sets in fast.  One of the very first things people do when they find out they are about to become parents is research all about child safety — everything from finding the safest car seat to making their homes safe or “child-proof”. Many parents have come to rely on Safety 1st, a company that  is driven by a single-minded focus of making the world a safer and happier place for our little ones to grow up in. With accidental injury as one of the top five causes of death (CDC), Safety 1st is committed to child safety, innovation, quality and value.

With that said I am thrilled to be a Safety 1st Ambassador and sharing their messages for a safer environment for my children and yours.  This month it’s Baby Safety Month and having just had a baby, this month’s focus really resonates with me.  You can never be too careful with young children in the house.  Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, Julie Vallese shares some of her Home Safety Tips:

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You may not be thinking of safeguarding as a necessity while decorating the new nursery, but it’s a great idea to check it off before the baby arrives. Pushing it off could leave you scrambling to catch up once baby starts to crawl. Start with the obvious rooms first, like the nursery and family room and move through the house to each of the rooms you see yourself and your baby together. As a bonus, starting this during pregnancy allows you to add these essential items to your registry.

Get a Baby’s Eye View
Always remember to look at a room from your baby’s point of view. Getting down on your hands and knees will give you a better idea of what your baby sees and what sort of things will look attractive to curious eyes. Cords and smaller items that are hidden away from a standing adult are suddenly visible. Cord protectors and covers are easy to buy, but sometimes safeguarding simply means moving tempting objects to a high and out of reach place.
Look around each room for low furniture with sharp corners and edges. Many brands provide temporary protective bumpers and corner guards that can be removed later once your baby has stopped using furniture as an aid in early standing.
Check for large furniture pieces, such as entertainment centers and drawers. These should be firmly anchored to the wall and cabinet doors locked. What seems like simple furniture to an adult can easily become an attractive ladder to a young child.

Keep Secrets
One of the most common ways safety devices are defeated is through simple observation. A good lock or latch can help keep a cabinet off limits for those first years, but toddlers learn by watching adults act. Use your body to block the view when unlocking a lock or loosening a latch and never allow them to “play” with it. As we all know, our own children are always the cleverest!

Stay Out!
The most effective way to keep children safe is to simply create off-limit areas and teach your child right off to avoid them. Laundry rooms, garages and balconies should be made available only to age appropriate children who have learned to avoid the hazards that each of these present. A safety lock or doorknob cover can be the first layer of protection for these interior rooms and be sure to install hard to reach locks for doors leading to the outside, basement and other high hazard rooms. Be sure to back these physical precautions up with age appropriate parental commands emphasizing that these areas are not child friendly and not meant for play.
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GIVEAWAY

(1) lucky Mom Confessionals’ reader is getting their very own Safety 1st Home Safety Bundle containing all of the below items!  You must answer, “What is your best home safety tip?”  You have several additional entry options if you’d like to increase your odds of winning!  ALL ENTRIES ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE WIDGET.  Good Luck!

In addition to my reader giveaway, Safety 1st will be donating the same home safety bundle to a worthy military mom via Operation Shower. Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide joyful – AWESOME – baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.  While they’re keeping us safe, Safety 1st is helping to keep their family safe.  How amazing is that!