September is here, and that means it is Baby Safety Month. All month long, and throughout the year, safety advocates are dedicated to keeping our precious little ones out of harm’s way. Pool Fence DIY is no exception, regardless of our primary focus being water safety.
Whether you're planning a trip to the beach, installing a pool in your backyard, or just wanting to be prepared, keeping your baby safe around water is crucial. And guess what? September was chosen for this important awareness campaign because it's the ninth month of the year – that’s right, just like the nine months of pregnancy!
Why Baby Safety Month Matters
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association originally began Baby Safety Month to educate parents and caregivers about lifesaving safety precautions. The goal was the safe selection and use of children’s products. The idea began back in 1983 with "Expectant Mother's Day," but it didn't stop there. By 1991, it evolved into Baby Safety Awareness Month, which we now celebrate every September. The goal? To make sure all of our babies grow up happy and healthy!
Baby Safety Month and Water Safety
Water can be a source of endless fun for kids, but it also poses significant risks, especially for babies who can't swim or understand the dangers with which it is associated. Here are some crucial tips for keeping your little ones safe around water:
Active Supervision is Non-Negotiable
First and foremost, never take your eyes off your babies or young children when they're near water. Not even for a second! Even shallow kiddie pools, bathtubs and buckets can be a concern. It only takes a few inches of water to cause a tragedy. Be within arm's reach of your children at all times.
When you're at the pool or beach, it's tempting to check your phone, chat with friends, or get lost in a book. But remember, your baby's safety should always be your top priority. Stay focused on them. Here’s our detailed blog post about Active Supervision.
Learn Infant CPR
One often forgotten tip for Baby Safety Month is learning infant CPR. All forms of CPR can be a lifesaver, but babies require special techniques. These skills are separate and apart from typical CPR and often require their own specialized course. Take the time to learn these skills; you never know when you might need them.
Invest in Proper Floatation Devices
Choose age-appropriate and well-fitting life jackets or floatation devices for your baby. Make sure they're Coast Guard-approved and properly secured. Remember, those inflatable pool toys are not substitutes for life jackets.
Pool Fences and Alarms are Necessary
If you have a pool at home, make sure it's properly fenced with a self-latching, self-closing gate. Install alarms on any doors that lead to the pool area. This way, you know if your little explorer is trying to make an unscheduled splash.
Have a first-aid kit and a phone nearby when near the water. You should be ready to call for help if needed. To learn more about installing pool fence, look no further than Pool Fence DIY!
Teach Water Safety Early
According to the CDC, drowning is one of the most common causes of drowning for kids under four years old. Start teaching your baby about water safety as early as possible. You might be surprised at how quickly they can start lessons! Introduce them to water gradually and ensure that they become comfortable in the water while understanding its potential dangers.
Beware of the Sun’s Rays
While we're on the topic, don't forget sun safety. Babies have sensitive skin, so use sunscreen, protective clothing, and hats to shield them from harmful UV rays.
During this Baby Safety Month, let's pledge to keep our babies safe and sound, especially when they're having a blast in the water. By following these tips and staying vigilant, we can ensure that our little water adventurers have a good time while staying out of harm's way.