This second installment of the Every Little Step Baby Basic event had Brampton moms sharing what works for them in their homes.
Most agreed babies should be put to bed on their back and many moms like to swaddle their infants then move to a sleep sack. The sleep sack keeps baby warm and contained…no more crawling out of their crib!
Some of ours moms thought it was good (and convenient) to have baby sleep in their room while others have baby sleep in their own room. There is no right or wrong way and the consensus is do what parents feel is right and what works on an individual basis. Whichever way you choose, the mattress should be firm and don’t fill the crib with stuffed animals, pillows and comforters.
Baby movement monitors give parents peace of mind, knowing that all is well in the nursery after baby has gone to sleep. The OMA by Levana will help parents worry less with a unique monitor that attaches snugly to baby's middle. Much discussion took place and while some agreed it wasn’t for them, others wouldn’t be without one.
Having the sun blocked will help children to not get overheated in the back seat of the car. The Stretch to Fit Sunshade by BRICA will keep him comfortable and snoozing peacefully. Don’t worry that it won’t fit, because it will, no matter what the size of your window!
To keep inquisitive fingers out of places where they shouldn’t be, secure your cabinets with Safety 1st Cabinet Slide Lock. All little ones should have the opportunity to explore and given their own cupboard of plastics and wooden spoons but anything else gets moved up high and/or locked up tight. Keeping those little finger from getting pinches is the aim of Safety 1st.
Moms talked about travelling and visiting and that’s where you have to be extra vigilant as in a split second your baby can get into something easily that you might have overlooked. You can babyproof your own home but when it comes to Grandmas’ house you need eyes in the back of your head. Grandma’s house can have hidden dangers at every turn!
Some safety advice that all agree on is the TV latch/anchor. In a toddler’s eyes, a TV is an invitation to climb, not to watch. That includes bookcases and entertainment units too.
Even though parents have eyes in the back of their heads (!), your little one will no doubt get his/her fair share of bumps and bruises. That's why every mom created a Boo Boo Bunny! The washcloth Boo Boo Bunny holds an ice cube which will help heal the bumps and make the boo boos seem not so bad.
Taps and stoves all present dangers. One mom brought up a valid point about boiling water. We all use the back burner as much as possible, and when you carry the pot over to the sink with junior clinging to your legs, a tragedy could easily happen. Try this…extend your arm, carry the pot over the counter, not the floor, as you head to the sink to drain a boiling pot of potatoes. This is perhaps something different that you’re used to doing but a good habit to get into.
The moms with more than one child faced challenges with small toys that a baby could easily choke on. One mom solved this problem by having a certain area for Lego, or only allowing it to come out when baby is napping.
After all this talk of safety, each mom was pleased to inspect their Walmart Canada shopping bag containing great loot bag to help us keep our kids safe!
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Our next Little Step Event sponsored by Walmart Canada is on August 20 and the topic is Diapering. Be sure to attend to give us the scoop on you-know-what! Register HERE for the opportunity to get in on the conversation.