What I Wish I Knew as a First Time Mom
September is Baby Safety Month
We have all been there, you were a first-time mom and now you are the mom of multiple little ones. Even if you are a mom of one, you still learn a thing or two to learn about being a mom. I wanted to share some tips for baby safety. In honor of baby safety month, check out these tips, you know—some of which I wish I’d known as a first-time mom in honor of baby safety month.
A big THANK YOU to Owlet for sponsoring this Baby Safety Blog Hop, where 30 bloggers are sharing their best baby safety tips. Owlet cares about keeping your little ones safe. Be sure to check out Carly’s article she posted yesterday over on Baby Safety & Food here.
#1. Keep cords off the floor
Ugh, this can be so annoying, but it is worth doing. Cords can easily strangle a child without them even trying. It can be hard when most plugins are along the ground. Cut cords to blinds to ensure babies don’t get ahold of them. Although this can be pesky, it is important to keep in mind. If you’d like a less permanent solution, or are renting and cannot cut them, try these Safe Fasteners.
#2. No milk at bedtime
Man, do I remember the nights of being so tired and letting my first baby doze off to sleep with a bottle of milk. You never know the true damage that milk can do until their teeth start being affected. Make sure you wipe down your baby’s teeth to help avoid decay from milk.
#3. Baby gates are your friend
You don’t need a big expensive baby gate to keep your baby safe, but these are important. A simple baby gate can keep babies from climbing upstairs and wreaking havoc when you turn your head for a minute.
#4. Get down on your baby’s level
Have you seen what is hanging out on your floor? It is amazing what can be found on the floor, which is why getting down on your baby’s level can help so much. It might feel weird crawling around on their hands and feet, but it helps so much with safety. Babies can swallow anything in the blink of an eye.
#5. Don’t stress about every tiny thing
I am big on baby safety, just like the next person, but you don’t have to be crazy about it. You will drive yourself crazy trying to make sure your baby is safe 100% of the time. Do your best, but also trust your instincts. Time and time again, I’ve been amazed by my mom intuition kicking it.
What is one thing you wish you would have known as a first time mom?