Make no mistake, babies are fragile and delicate – and need to be protected. Until your baby’s motor functions are developed and they begin to get more dexterous, there are so many risks that you need to be wary of. On top of that, because a newborn has spent all their time in the womb where they are fully protected, even general exposure to the environment and their surroundings can often pose a risk.
As a parent, it is your job to provide a safe and secure environment for your child, especially during those first twelve months or so. Considering the bulk of your time is probably going to be spent at home, that means that a good deal of emphasis should be on childproofing your house.
Removing sharp objects from easy access, being wary of sharp edges on furniture, cordoning off the stairs – all of these are just a few of the basic steps that you should be thinking about. At the end of the day though, a good deal of the safety aspect comes from being attentive of where your child is, and what he or she is doing. If you have an eye on your child the whole time, it is a lot less likely that they could accidentally hurt themselves.
One of the best ways to start exploring the safety issues that come with having a child is by seeking the opinions of others. By talking to other parents, you will develop a better understanding of what to expect. Check out social networks for parents such as moms.com if you need a place to start. Of course, consulting a pediatrician might also help – should you want some clear medical advice on any issues that you may be concerned about such as allergies, colic, and so on.
Having a baby is a great and rewarding experience, but it is also stressful and trying. It may seem overwhelming at first now that you have to be mindful of a whole slew of safety issues while at the same time taking care of your child’s needs – but that is part and parcel of being a parent. Be sure to reach out for help if you feel that you need it, and always remember that when all is said and done it is just as important that you take care of yourself too.