From conception, the safety of your baby should be your priority. Before delivery, you try to protect your baby from toxins that may be from what you eat. You may also want to make sure that you are far from electronic equipment such as baby monitors that emit EMF radiation as long exposure may present a health risk to your unborn baby.
Safety in their Sleep
For infants (under 12 months), the risk of suffocation and SIDs is very high and as a parent, you need to be on the side of caution. For peace of mind, there are several baby heartbeat monitors and baby breathing monitors that you can use. There are some key precautions you can take as a parent to reduce the chances of these risks occurring;
- Ensure your baby is sleeping on their back
- Make sure there are no other items in the baby’s sleep environment
- Get a firm crib mattress
Safety At All times – Monitoring Your Baby
In 1937, the Lindberg baby kidnapping incident is credited as having inspired the invention of baby monitors as it gave parents the possibility of having an eye or ear on their baby at all times.
Baby monitors enable you to view your baby (video monitors) or hear their audio (audio monitors) even when you are not next to your baby. Some allow you to monitor your baby within the house (non-wifi) and wifi-enabled monitors give you the ability to see or hear from your baby even when you are miles away. For wifi monitors, you’ll need a smartphone app.
Wondering if baby monitors are safe? Baby monitors can be hacked but are generally safe if used correctly. I would recommend non-wif baby monitors if you want 100% privacy, limiting the risk of hackers getting access to your baby’s video and audio feed. Non-wifi baby monitors use either FHSS or DECT technologies that cannot be hacked.
Wifi baby monitors use 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency bands but are static, unlike FHSS monitors that have their signals hopping from one sub-frequency to another during transit making it difficult to get access. If you want to get a wifi baby monitor, we recommend baby monitors with superior encryption, at least 128-bit with security protocols that would not allow easy access to the signal. We have a detailed guide on wifi vs non-wifi monitors here
If you have twins or want to monitor more than one baby, you can get baby monitors with dual cameras or those that are expandable. Expandable baby monitors support up to 4 cameras and relay the video feed onto the parent unit/screen. If you want to view all the video feeds from two or more cameras on the same screen, consider getting split-screen baby monitors.
An audio baby monitor is also a great option if you want a cheap sound-only monitor.
There are smart baby monitors that do more than give you the video and audio signal from your baby. Smart monitors can detect when a baby cries or can monitor the baby’s breathing or baby’s heartbeat and relay that to your smartphone. Others have sleep insights for you to check on your baby’s sleep.
Baby monitors can relay the signal (audio and video) throughout which may be annoying to some parents. If you want a baby monitor that goes into sleep mode when the baby is quietly asleep, voice-activated monitors are what you should get. VOX baby monitors emit less EMF radiation and consume less power compared to those that continually relay video and audio signals.
In 2021, smart home cameras are making their way into baby nurseries. If you want a monitor that is compatible with Google Home, Alexa Home, or Apple Homekit, those options are available too.
To be able to record and playback some great moments, consider getting baby monitors with recording and playback features. Depending on your budget, you can get those that record the feed to local storage (SD card) or to those that record it to the cloud. Those that record to the cloud charge a monthly subscription fee which may be as high as $10.
Safety During Travel
When traveling, you need to secure your baby’s seat and that’s the law in all 50 States.NHTA releases annual crash test results which you can use to compare the safety rating of different infant car seats. There are also so many other features that you need to consider. For example, the size of your car will give you an idea of which car seat to get. If you are to travel, make sure you are getting an FAA-approved car seat that you can take with you when flying.
When your baby learns to make that first step, you should make sure that everything in the baby’s nursery or in your home does not pose a health or injury risk. You need to secure your doors, secure your furniture & TV/entertainment system, fireplace, stairs, outlets, and cords. When your baby starts crawling, get good-quality crawling mats made from non-toxic material.
Baby fences are the most convenient options to ensure your baby does not get to the equipment/items that may harm them. Table corner protectors are also essential so your baby does not hit shart table corners by accident.
Other than the risk of getting kidnapped by strangers or getting hit by a car, you should also worry about other safety issues when your baby is outdoors.
Consider getting kneepads when your baby starts crawling and with time, make sure they use a helmet if they have to use electric equipment such as wagons or electric cars for kids. If your baby wants to start an outdoor adventure using skateboards or hoverboards, a safety helmet is an absolute requirement.