Babyproofing

Babies learn through play and discovery, so making your home a clean and safe place for your baby to explore will help them learn, and help you to worry less.

Babyproofing can sometime be overwhelming. A good way to figure out what might be harmful to your baby is to get down on your hands and knees to see everything from your baby’s point of view. Remember they can and will get into everything they can reach.

Here are a couple of things to get you started:

Placing a wall-mounted gate at the top of the stairs will help keep your child safe.

Bumper pads on cribs are not recommended, and could cause suffocation. Keep pillows, stuffed animals and heavy blankets out of your baby’s crib.

Before using baby equipment, such as a car seat or stroller, check if there is an expiry date and if there have been any recalls (http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/index-eng.php ). Cribs, playpens, and strollers should be CSA approved and should all have a label.

Tall bookshelves, dressers, and furniture should be anchored to the wall, and TVs anchored to their TV stand.

Babyproofing material can be bought at local hardware stores, or stores that specialize in baby products.

Immunization

Immunizing our children is one of the most important ways to promote and maintain their physical health. Nearly all parents agree that feeding and sleeping schedules are important to help keep children healthy, and the same goes for regularly scheduled childhood vaccinations. Vaccinating your infants and children is the best way to keep them safe from many serious and potentially life-threatening diseases for the rest of their life.

Here are a few facts to help you understand the benefits of vaccinating your child:

  • Vaccination is very safe and effective. Receiving multiple vaccines during a single visit is perfectly safe for the baby’s immune system.
  • The New Brunswick Routine Immunization Schedule is set to obtain the greatest protection possible at the recommended age.
  • Alternative vaccination schedules can leave your child unprotected and at risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.

Getting your children vaccinated is one of the most important jobs you have as a parent. By saying yes to immunization, getting your children vaccinated on time, and keeping their shots up-to-date, you can easily save your child’s life.