September is #JPMABabySafetyMonth, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family.
Below are some recommendations from MAM and top baby registry site GuGu Guru to help raise awareness of key things we can all do to protect our babies.
Consider pacifier usage when placing baby down for sleep and remember that the pacifier may not be reinserted once baby falls asleep. Pacifier use is shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. MAM supports the AAP published guidelines for pacifier usage. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/AAPInfantSleepSafety
For more information about pacifiers and how they reduce the risk of SIDS, visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/5/1245
Cold Mist Humidifiers
Cold Mist Humidifiers are a safe and natural way to thin baby’s mucus when congested and alleviate symptoms that may be preventing them from getting a good night’s rest, such as dry skin, bloody noses, sore throat, and dry cough. For more information from our friends @craneusa on Cool Mist Humidifiers visit www.crane-usa.com.
Car Seat Safety
There are two main components to car seat safety according to our friends @thetotsquad: fitting the seat into your vehicle, and fitting your child into the seat. A correctly installed car seat should not move more than 1″ in any direction when testing tightness at the belt path. Always make sure you have the right seat for your child’s age and measurements and ensure the harness is tightened so that you cannot pinch the material over the child’s shoulders. For more information visit: www.thetotsquad.com.
Keep the wifi products in your nursery (baby monitor, sound machine, etc.) secure from web intruders with these three tips from our friends @myevoz:
1. Do NOT use wifi products that have default credentials.
2. Do NOT use wifi products that run extra programs, otherwise know as “”backdoors””
3. Only use wifi products with secure encryption.
Lastly, be mindful of cords! Anything that plugs into an outlet should be placed at least 3 ft (0.9 m) away from your child. For more information visit www.myevoz.com.
Visible and Kissable
Always keep baby visible and kissable! Our friends @babyktan say that keeping your little one’s head at a kissable height when in the carrier means that you can monitor their airway (and snuggle – it’s a win-win!). For more information visit www.babyktan.com.
Setting Up The Crib
Keep it clean and simple when setting up your crib. Here are a few tips for creating a safe sleep environment for baby from our friends @colgatemattress:
1. Remove anything with a soft surface from the crib, including stuffed animals and blankets. These items can block baby’s airway during sleep.
2. Provide a firm mattress with a fitted sheet.
3. Lay your baby on his or her back at bedtime and nap time.
For more information visit www.colgatekids.com
Stuffing is a choking hazard. Our friends @mouselovespig recommend to always double check the seams of soft toys to make sure that no stitches have popped loose. For more information visit www.mouselovespig.com.
Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep: Alone | Back | Crib
We recommend an easy-to-use swaddle, like Love To Dream’s Swaddle UP™, from birth so you don’t have to worry about baby breaking out of a swaddle blanket. Choose a size according to baby’s weight, not age. Stop swaddling as soon as baby shows signs of rolling and transition to an arms-free sleep product, like the @lovetodreamUSA Swaddle UPTM 50/50 Transition Bag.”
For more information visit www.lovetodream.com.
About MAM – standard setting baby products
MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design. They develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.