Putting a baby to sleep is one of the difficult tasks parents face in their daily lives. As a result, different type of sleep accessories are used to ensure babies sleep peacefully and quickly. While these accessories are definitely of help, they must be utilized in a manner that is not harmful to the little one. Here are a few dos and donts for using these accessories:
• Never tie or hang a pacifier/ soother or any other object around a baby or child’s neck. They can strangle on the cord or ribbon.
• Replace pacifiers at least every two months. You should not wait for signs of breakdown.
• Inspect pacifiers every day:
? Check the nipple for changes in texture, tears or holes. These can happen with age or exposure to heat, acidic foods or sunlight.
? Check that the nipple and the ring or handle stays together when pulled forcefully.
• If your baby begins to chew on the pacifier, replace it with a teething ring.
Cotton, cotton-blend and rayon fabrics catch fire and burn more quickly than most synthetic materials. Nylon and polyester are less prone to catching fire and burn more slowly.
Loose-fitting sleepwear includes nightgowns, bathrobes and loose pyjamas, and are more likely to catch fire than tight-fitting sleepwear and should be made of slower burning fabrics.
Other safety tips for kids clothing:
• Dress your children in actual sleepwear when putting them to bed, instead of T-shirts or other day clothes. Most day clothes do not meet the flammability requirements for sleepwear.
• Make sure belts, ties and sashes on your children’s bathrobes are stitched firmly to the center back. Children can strangle on any type of cord that can be removed from their clothing.
• Check for loose buttons or other small parts, which may be a choking hazard.
• Check blankets and sleepwear regularly for loose threads and fix them right away. Threads can wrap around your baby’s arms, legs or neck and cause injury.
While we may not like to do away with sleep accessories, following these precautions will help you in avoiding any untoward incident that may happen.