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7 Baby Essentials to Keep Your Newborn as Safe as Possible

You're expecting a little one? Congratulations!

You're likely both excited and terrified. That's totally normal.

One thing you'll need to do before your little one arrives is to gather all of your baby essentials. While there are so many things you'll need, in this article, we'll discuss the ones that can help keep your precious bundle safe.

Read on to find out what we recommend to help ensure your little one is both safe and secure after his or her arrival.

1. Baby Essentials: Baby Hammock

In the United States, more than 2,000 infants a year die from SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This is probably something you don't want to hear, but it's incredibly important.

One way to help protect your baby from SIDS is a baby hammock. A safe and secure baby hammock can be attached to any crib. Placing the baby on the hammock already helps reduce factors associated with SIDS.

Not only can a baby hammock keep your little one safe, but it can also help promote proper growth. It will help align your little one's spine properly and reduce the chance of your child developing a flat head.

The gentle rock of the hammock mimics the mother's womb, leaving your baby feeling secure.

2. Baby Monitor

In the days of yore, parents placed walkie-talkie like devices in a baby's room to hear if the child needed something. Today, we have technology that allows you to see your baby, even if you aren't in the same room.

Baby monitors keep your baby safe without having to move a finger. Most baby monitors are also two-way, which means you can soothe a fussy baby back to sleep with the sound of your voice alone.

Many modern baby monitors also come with night vision. This is crucial to keep your baby safe at all hours of the night.

3. Floating Baby Bath Mat

Bath time is a great time to bond with your little one. But, as you're aware, there are also hazards involved with putting your baby in the tub.

While there are several plastic bath accessories you can put your child in, a floating bath mat with padding provides extra comfort. This keeps your little one's head above water so there's no risk of your child swallowing water. It's also extra comfortable for your little one, giving him or her the freedom of movement as he or she floats on top of the bath water.

You can gently bathe your little one by applying soap and water directly on his or her skin.

4. Soften Corners

Babies are naturally curious. They'll often find ways to get into things you didn't even know you could get into. And they might find themselves hitting their heads on the edges of tables and corners.

You should always baby proof the corners of your furniture to prevent injury. While your baby may still hit his or her head on the item, a baby-proof corner will reduce the impact.

5. Outlet Covers

Your baby may not need this until he or she is mobile, but it's a good idea to do early anyway. This way, you won't need to worry about it once your baby starts crawling. Instead, you can focus on his or her new accomplishment.

Most baby stores will sell outlet covers. You simply have to place them on your outlets to prevent your child from touching them. This will keep your baby not only from sticking their fingers in the outlet, but also toys and other items. Doing so might result in a nasty electric shock.

6. Furniture Safety Strap

This is a small detail that many parents miss. But it can be the difference between life and death.

It's no secret that babies are tiny. One false move could mean heavy furniture falls on top of them. This especially becomes an issue as babies become more mobile.

While you can teach your children not to climb on objects, it only takes one time for disastrous results.

A furniture strap is an easy, simple, and cheap way to ensure your heavy furniture stays put. You simply attach it to the wall and attach your heavy furniture items to it. This way, your furniture won't slip or fall, even if it has several tiny humans climbing on it.

7. Baby Gate

You may already own a baby gate, especially if you have a dog. If not, this is one of the essentials.

A baby gate can keep your baby out of harm's way. It can also keep harm, i.e. household animals, away from your little one.

A good quality, plastic baby gate is a necessity for anyone with a little one. They can be placed in front of the stairs to keep a baby from climbing up or falling down. They can also be placed in front of rooms you don't want the baby to enter, or places that pose a risk to your child.

Getting Ready for Your Baby

This list of baby essentials is by no means exhaustive. Instead, it's meant to provide a very basic list of essentials. You'll have your hands full when it comes to purchasing and installing items to keep your baby as safe as possible. However, the well-being of your baby is more important than anything, and you'll find that it is definitely worth it.

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September 28, 2018 — Niomi Thompson