Baby Safety Tips For You

As the mother of 3 boys, aged 4, 7, and 8, Dr. Briana Barclay understands a mother’s strong urge to keep her child safe.

Whether you’re a first time mom or a family of four or more, you always have decisions to make about the safety of your newborn. Here are some tips from Dr. Barclay. 


How do you keep a baby safe in the car?

“Did you know that 95% of people use their carseat incorrectly? One common mistake is facing children forward too soon. Infants should ride rear-facing until at least age 2, or preferably until they reach the weight and height allowed by their carseat manufacturer. Some parents worry the child's legs will be cramped, but leg injuries are even more common when facing forward and rear-facing is much safer for the developing spine and neck. And just because a baby or toddler is bigger than average does not mean their spine and neck are developmentally ready to forward face. Go by age, not size, when turning forward.”

Don't forget to read the manual for your carseat and your car. For more information check out Healthy Children’s website and The Carseat Lady.


What about at bedtime?

“Make sure there are no pillows, blankets, stuffed toys, or bumper pads around your baby which could cause blockage of air flow if a baby were to roll. Sleep sacs are great because you can keep your baby warm at night without them coming unraveled from a blanket.”

“Put baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface. The baby should sleep in the same room with you, if possible, for the first 6-12 months, but not in the same bed. A crib, portable crib, bassinet, or play yard (pack and play) is best. Be careful of other products advertised for baby to sleep in as they may not be safe.”

If you’re looking for more information, check out A Parent’s Guide to Safe Sleep.


If you’re a particularly nervous mom, know that it’s okay and you are not alone.

“Even if this is your first baby and you are getting lots of advice from friends and family, you will quickly realize that you know your baby better than anyone! You will figure out what routines work best for you and your family. But if you have questions or concerns about your baby, give your pediatrician a call and I'm sure they will be glad to help. If you have concerns about yourself or breastfeeding, call us at The Group!”

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