September is Baby Safety Month; a great reminder to make sure everything is as safe as possible for our little ones. As all parents know, babies come with A LOT of gear. It’s important to make sure everything you use with your child is 100% safe. Here are some common baby items and ways to make sure they’re effective and risk free.

Chest infant carriers:

The main concern with carriers is your baby’s ability to breathe. When putting your baby in a chest carrier that should be your number one priority.

Your babies face should be visible at all times, whether you’re using a carrier that has your baby facing inward or outward. Don’t cover your baby’s head with a blanket.

Constantly check the carrier for worn seams or missing parts. Like any item that is used a lot, carrier can suffer wear and tear that makes them dangerous to use.

Choking Hazards:

Choking is definitely up there on every parent’s list of worst nightmares. September is the month to remind yourself to look around your house for any items that can pose a risk to baby. If you have an older child make sure their toys are in a contained area where your little one can’t grab them.

Always do a sweep of the floor and double check that there aren’t any coins, pieces of cloth or anything else that a pair of little hands could grab onto.

Make sure small decorative items are out of reach.

Double-check the eyes and noses of stuffed animals. If they seem to be coming loose it’s time to get rid of them.

Cribs:

Cribs are your baby’s first bed and place to relax. You want it to be as safe as possible.

Check for recalls before purchasing a crib.

The mattress in the crib should fit snugly so your baby can’t fit between the mattress and the side of the crib. The crib sheet should also be tight and secure.

Crib bumpers can look cute but they are a serious suffocation hazard. Remember: the less there is in the crib, the safer it is.

The number one most important rule for any parent is: eyes always on the baby! An adult should always be watching your little one to keep him or her out of trouble.