Monday, September 14, 2015

Parenting Then and Now: Children's Safety

Have you ever looked back and thought about very different our childhood was compared to our children now? Have you heard your parents say "Well when I was a kid..." and "I turned out just fine!" Times have changed so much over the last several decades, and it's amazing to see the difference in how we raise our children compared to our grandparents with our mothers and fathers.

Even looking back on how I parent differently from my first child who is almost eight, there are a lot of differences. I used to use crib bumpers, blankets, and laid her on her stomach to sleep which are things I do not do now with a young baby!

photo provided my HALO

I have nephews that are only a couple years younger then myself and I can recall all the things being done that you're not supposed to do now. When we were all younger it was a normal occurance to let your children sleep where ever they would fall, use a bunch of blankets if that's what comforted them, lay newborns on their stomachs, use pillows, and the list goes on and on. 

I feel as though with grandparents now a days, they're automatically used to how they raised their children and want to default back to those techniques, but it's our duty as parents to educate them in the changing times, proof that these new suggestions are there for a reason, and show them that we just want what's best for baby. I know some parents can feel like we don't trust them with our children, but it's more about proper education to ensure everyone involved is safe and secure in their abilities. 

Tips for Grandparents!

Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
Remove all blankets, comforters and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.

Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

photo provided by HALO

While the photo above at the time may have been adorable, there's a lot of red flags that need to be addressed when ensuring the safety of your child. You can loose blankets, big pillows, and a baby that could roll off on to the floor. While this may have been an easy way to get baby to sleep, it's really worth it to move your child to a bassinet, crib, or even a swing buckled in tight and secure. 

What's your one big tip for grandparents when it comes to your child(ren)??