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Infants and ToddlersBaby Proofing For Newborns
What's the most important preparation you can make for you new arrival? Nope, not decorating or clothes shopping or stockpiling diapers. Your first and foremost concern before bringing baby home should be childproofing. Need advice on how to tackle this daunting task? Read on for some ideas!
The hospital bag is packed and waiting next to the door. The nursery is ready, diapers and powders on call near the changing table and tiny outfits neatly folded in the dresser. Baby will be here any day. Yet, it takes more than one diaper and bottles to prepare for a newborn. Here are five things a parent should know before bringing baby home.
Infant seats are helpful when bathing baby, but don't be fooled into thinking it is a safety measure that will prevent all accidents. A baby must never be farther than arms reach while bathing and must be constantly supervised. Set your house's water heater to 120 degrees or less to prevent scalding, or install an anti-scald device. It is a good idea to get your towels, diapers, and other supplies ready before bath time.
5. Used Baby Equipment
Second-hand baby equipment is less expensive or even free, but it can also be dangerous. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission to be sure your used car seat, stroller, crib, or toys have not been recalled. Toys that are several decades old may contain lead paint and should be avoided. When it comes to car seats, never buy a used seat if you don't know its history. It may be unreliable if it has been in a crash. Don't by a seat that is more than 6 years old, doesn't have an instruction manual, or is missing parts. Although they can be expensive, a car seat is one baby item you should consider buying new.