September is #NationalBabySafetyMonth, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products.
For the past 40 years, MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety, and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family. Below are some recommendations from MAM to help raise awareness of key things we can all do to protect our babies which we would love for you to share with your friends and family.
Strap in for Safety. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children ages 0 to 19? Daily about 8,000 children in the US visit the emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This September, JPMA is focusing on strap safety! Safety belts and straps should always be used when available, whether it’s on the go, in the car, and even at home. Visit www.babysafetymonth.org to learn more about how to create a safe environment for your child!
Enter to Win!
Enter for your chance to win a Newton crib mattress ($295), 3 ergoPouch ergoCocoon Swaddle to Sleep bag gift packages ($75+), a Micuna Smart Fresh Bassinet ($449), a Gathre Midi Mat ($70) and MAM prize bundle of teethers, pacifiers, bottles, drinking cups and oral care items ($125). It’s open to the U.S. and Canada and it’s a prize worth over $1,000!
MAM pacifiers come in four sizes: newborn, 0-6, 6+ and 16+.
Each size was developed with pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists to provide your baby with the ideal pacifier at each age and stage. These sizes are recommendations for your baby’s maximum comfort and safety; if your baby likes a MAM pacifier that is not the ideal size for his or her age, not to worry! It is still safe to use as long as all other safety guidelines are followed.
Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit mambaby.com.
Safety Soother: Pacifier use is shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. Consider giving your baby a pacifier when placing them down for sleep (no need to pop it back in after they have drifted off.)
ergoCocoon Swaddle Sleep Bag
The ergoCocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from.
The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. Made from skin-friendly, breathable organic cotton for superior comfort, the ergoCocoon is acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for its ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the ergoCocoon has poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag. Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season. For more information visit ergopouch.com.
Don’t Sweat It, Kid. Your baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash and rapid breathing. One of the best ways to ensure your baby can regulate their body temperature while they’re asleep is to dress them in natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and merino.
Provo, Utah-based Gathre designs a collection of luxurious and functional lightweight leather mats. Created to inspire people to recognize the grand and simple moments around them, Gathre mats are ideal for baby changing, gatherings with family and friends and even for use as tabletop décor. For more information visit gathre.com.
Bring on the Belly! Tummy time should never be in a bed, a good place for this is on the floor. Never leave that kiddo on their stomach unattended.
Designed for your baby to sleep safely and soundly while you sleep quietly, Micuna’s Smart Fresh is the perfect bassinet for the baby’s first months, combining a pure design with modern and simple features that make every mom and dad fall in love with it. Also, the bassinet allows parents a total view of their baby thanks to its breathable mesh fabric, which provides at the same time fresh air flow to your little one.
Valencia, Spain-based Micuna is a global leader in the manufacturing of furniture and accessories for babies and children. Recognized for their commitment to design, quality and safety of its products, Micuna was one of the first Spanish companies to comply with the high standards of European quality and safety. Micuna products are crafted with eco-friendly practices and materials including wood obtained from sustainable forests. The Micuna U.S. collection includes the OVO high chair, SMART bassinet, LIFE crib collection and HARMONY evolutive crib. For more information visit micunausa.com.
Not All Cribs are Created Equal: Check that the crib of your choice is not on the CPSC recall list. Just as important is ensuring that your baby’s crib is placed away from (1) windows, where drafts and sunlight can put your baby at risk, and (2) drapes/blinds, which are strangulation hazards.
Looking for a great, breathable crib mattress? Newton Baby makes Greenguard Gold Certified breathable, washable and recyclable crib mattresses that are specially designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort. The innovative design allows air to flow freely for optimal breathability and temperature regulation. Visit newtonbaby.com
Firm and Safe: Place baby to sleep on a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. Remove ALL soft objects from the crib: bumper pads, blankets, pillows and stuffed toys. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that almost 15% of babies are placed on non-recommended sleep surfaces each night while over 90% of babies have loose, soft objects in their cribs that pose suffocation risks.