September is for Safety: Baby Safety Month 2021
While many associate September with back-to-school and pumpkin spice treats, we at HALO® think about safety. That’s because September is Baby Safety Month; a monthlong event dedicated to educating parents and caregivers on how to keep babies safe.
Baby Safety Month has been sponsored by the Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA) since 1991. As background, the JPMA is an organization that advocates for safe, quality baby and children’s products. They are known for their rigorous product certification program. While baby products must meet minimum government safety requirements, in order to receive JPMA certification, a product must meet the very highest standards for quality, safety, performance and functionality.
We’re proud that all HALO® BassiNests® are JPMA certified. It’s an organization that very much aligns with our mission of safe sleep made easier. That’s why HALO® is proud to be a Baby Safety Month Ambassador.
In honor of Baby Safety Month, we’ll be conducting a Facebook LIVE session on Sept 24 with Tot Squad, an amazing company dedicated to connecting parents with parenting experts, both virtually and in-person.
Not only will we answer your most pressing sleep-related questions, but we’ll pick one lucky winner to receive a personal virtual sleep consultation and a HALO® BassiNest® Luxe.
We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate Baby Safety Month alongside JPMA and Tot Squad.
While many think of this month as the start of fall, September is also baby safety month. This is a month-long event dedicated to educating parents and caregivers on how to keep babies safe. For us at Halo, this is the most important month of the year!
Baby Safety Month has been sponsored by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) since 1991. JPMA is an organization that advocates for safe, quality baby and children’s products. They are known for their rigorous product certification program. While baby products must meet minimum government safety requirements, in order to receive JPMA certification, a product must meet the very highest standards for quality, safety, performance and functionality. Halo is proud to have various products, including our BassiNests, certified by JPMA!
To honour National Baby Safety Month, here are some safety tips for new and veteran parents to consider:
Car Safety Tips
While it can be nerve-wracking to travel with a little one in the car, it is a necessity for most parents. Learning how to keep your baby safe during the car ride can help ease some of the stress.
● Always using a federally approved car seat that has not been in a previous accident.
● Double-check that there are not any recalls on your car seat.
● Position your child’s rear-facing in the backseat until at least two years of age or until they reach the height or weight limit for the car seat.
Bath Safety Tips
For baby safety month, we suggest considering the following:
● To lower the risk of burning, turn your hot water heater down to 48°C or lower. Always check the water temperature with your own hand first.
● Gather and layout all supplies ahead of time (towels, brushes, toys, etc) so that you never have to leave your baby unattended. Even one inch of water can be deadly to infants.
● Use a non-slip mat in the tub as your little one gets older and becomes more active.
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Household Safety Tips
You spend most of your time with your baby in and around your home. Even if it wasn’t National Baby Safety Month, it is still critical to take a look at your surroundings to help keep your little one out of harm:
● Inspect toys often for any loose pieces that could be a choking hazard.
● Keep cords from drapes and blinds out of reach as they can be a strangulation hazard.
● Secure all cabinets and drawers as your child gets older and more active.
Sleep Safety Tips
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that newborns sleep a total of 14-17 hours in a 24 hour time period. While sometimes it might seem like they are only sleeping in 5 minute intervals, little ones spend a huge chunk of their time asleep. This allows for the rapid growth and development children experience as newborns and over their first few weeks of life.
● Having infants sleep on their backs on a firm mattress. This is shown to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDs.
● Keep extra blankets or sheets out of the bed as they increase the chances of suffocation.