Safety Tips for Your Babies
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Posted by Lisa D. on September 13, 2016 in Acuity Focus

September is National Baby Safety Month, and here at Acuity we want to celebrate by providing some tips for new moms and dads. Babies are beautiful little bundles of joy, but once they start to crawl they can be very fast. The good news is babies are tougher than they look. Here are a few helpful tips that every new parent should know to help keep their baby safe.

 

  • Use the proper car seat. When driving with your baby, make sure to use a federally approved car seat. Read the safety instructions and ensure that the car seat has been properly installed before using it. Also, make sure to follow the proper rules on whether or not your child is ready to face the front of the vehicle in their car seat.
  • No baby left behind. Get in the habit of leaving a purse, bag, or briefcase in your backseat when your child is in the car seat. That way you get in the habit of checking the back seat before leaving the vehicle.
  • Keep dangerous items out of the baby’s reach. Any parent knows that babies love to reach for anything around them. To them, the world is their play toy. Keep sharp objects and other hazardous items, such as choking hazards, out of your baby’s reach. Don’t leave these items out on a table or anywhere else your baby could get his or her hands on them.
  • Properly secure drawers and cords. Drawers with handles that are above a baby’s head can be a hazard. Secure drawers so your baby doesn’t grab onto and accidently pull a drawer onto him or herself. Electrical cords are another item that babies can get their hands on. Secure those with electrical tape along the baseboard so they can’t be pulled on.
  • Coverage from the sun. When you take your baby outside in the sun it is important to cover him or her up with clothes and a hat. Babies can get overheated and burn quickly since their skin is thinner and more sensitive.
  • No one knows everything. As a parent, you will get a ton of advice—some welcome, but much of it will be unsolicited. Remember, it’s just other people’s opinions based on their own experience. As a parent, only you can decide what is best for you and your child.

 

As a new parent, there are a lot of firsts. Those firsts are very exciting, but they can also be scary. Don’t fret during these times—stay calm and make the decision that you think is best. 

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has over 14 years of experience in the auto insurance industry, including 12 years at ACUITY. She obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance for two years before starting at ACUITY, where she focuses on researching new auto coverages, helping with the auto pricing system, and leading auto insurance-related projects. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.


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