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This September, be sure to take some time to focus on baby safety. After all, it's Baby Safety Month! There are a lot of things you can do to keep your little one safe and out of harm's way, and we're here to help make sure you know what they are. After all, as a company founded by parents for parents, Owlet is committed to offer tools and resources to help parents keep their children safe all year long.
Keep reading for six great tips to help keep your baby safe this month and every month hereafter!
Babies are on a cycle of eating, sleeping & needing their diaper changed. And as exhausted as you may be, it’s important to always remember to follow safe sleep practices. To remember the elements of safe sleep, you simply have to remember the “ABC’s”:
Alone: put your baby in their crib without any loose blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals.
Back: lay your baby down on their back, either swaddled or unswaddled.
Crib: your baby should always sleep in their own crib or bassinet.
Your baby’s crib should include a firm mattress covered in well-fitting sheets. If you’re concerned about your baby staying warm while they sleep, dress your little one in footie pajamas and use our new Dream Sleeper with Swaddle to keep them cozy and comfortable.
Before you can leave the hospital or birth center you must have an infant car seat installed in your car. However, it’s estimated more than half of car seats are installed incorrectly or not used properly. If you're a parent of a young child, it's important to make sure your car seat is properly installed and that your child is buckled in correctly every time you get in the car. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5, so it's crucial to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your little one safe while on the road.Learn more about car seat installation and how to safely install your infant seat at Safe Kids Worldwide.
Keeping an eye on your little one is one of the biggest ways to ensure Baby’s safety. Plus, a baby monitor can give you some peace of mind when you can't be in the same room as your child.
For a proactive approach to baby monitoring, check out the Dream Duo with Cam 2. Track your baby’s Sleep Quality Indicators—like heart rate and average oxygen level—all while streaming HD video to your phone. Plus, you’ll be able to view and save video clips, utilize Predictive Sleep Technology to know when Baby’s next sleep should be, and receive notifications when Baby may need you.
Baby safety includes more than just your home environment. Natural disasters like floods, wildfires, and tornados impact thousands of families every year, and planning ahead can save time and stress, and help keep your whole family safe. To prepare for potential emergencies:
Create a list of emergency contacts
Plan how to evaluate your home or neighborhood
Pack an emergency bag of supplies
Make sure your home is equipped with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and that they're in working order. Test them monthly and check the batteries regularly to ensure they're always operational. All homes and apartments should have functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor and one near heat sources like the kitchen and furnace. In the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak, these alarms could save your family's life.
Electrical plugs and the long cords from blinds pose a very serious strangulation risk to babies and young children. Wrap up and secure the extra cord length from lamps or monitors and never put your baby’s crib or bassinet near unsecured cords. For a totally secure monitoring experience, the Owlet Cam 2 can’t be beat. The Cam 2 comes with a safe wall mounting kit to keep loose cords away from little hands and can be mounted over your baby’s crib without worry. The Cam also streams over a secure Wi-Fi connection so only those you choose can stream video.
Baby Safety Month is a great chance for parents and caregivers to refresh themselves on the standard baby safety practices listed above and research any updates or developments. It takes a village to raise a child and Owlet is proud to be a partner to families everywhere.