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Protecting Your Baby’s Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: 10 Safety Items for Your Shower Registry

Protecting Your Baby’s Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: 10 Safety Items for Your Shower Registry

Aug 1, 2023

One of the most important concerns for new parents is safety. There are many ways to get a jump start on keeping your baby safe and having the right tools is a great first step—especially if you can secure many of the essentials as gifts.

While you prepare for your new bundle of joy, here are a few key safety items to add to your baby shower registry.

1. A well-stocked baby first aid kit

A ready-made first aid kit or individual items to build your own will prepare you for all things infant care, from their first stuffy nose to nerve-wracking nail trimmings. Here’s what to include if you prefer to create your own kit:

  • Infant acetaminophen
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Saline drops or spray
  • Bandages and antibiotic ointment
  • Medicine dropper
  • Tweezers
  • Gas relief drops
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Alcohol wipes to keep everything in the kit clean

2. Digital thermometer

A digital thermometer is essential for any new parent or caregiver.

“A digital thermometer is easy to use and provides quick, accurate results,” said Margaret Dougherty, M.D., Nemours pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. “Other types of thermometers, such as oral or digital ear (tympanic) thermometers, are often not as accurate for newborns.”

3. Safe sleeping must-haves

Even at rest, babies need help staying safe, secure and snuggly. Adding items like a crib that meets the highest safety standards, a velcro swaddle and a sleep sack (a safer alternative to a loose blanket) to your registry will help you and your baby sleep soundly.

4. WiFi or bluetooth Baby monitor

Modern baby monitors are much more than a one-way walkie-talkie to check in on your sleeping child. With video baby monitors, you can check in on your child to make sure they are sleeping soundly and that sleep safety guidelines are being followed.

5. Humidifier

Congestion is a part of life, even for your baby. Year-round humidifiers help moisten the air and alleviate mucus build-up so your baby can breathe easier during their much-needed rest.

6. Outlet plugs

Once your baby is more mobile, you must protect them from interacting with potentially dangerous items, including outlets. Most outlet plugs are easy-to-use and install—a must-have item for any baby registry.

7. Baby gates

To help your baby avoid slips, falls and anything in between, add baby gates to your registry for potentially dangerous stairs and doorways in your home.

8. Edge and cover guards for stairs, tables and other furniture

“Bumps, small scratches and bruises are par for the course as your baby grows,” said Dr. Dougherty. “Installing edge and cover guards for stairs, tables and other furniture with sharp edges can help prevent larger, more harmful accidents.”

9. Drawer and cabinet locks

A curious child wants to explore everything, including your cabinets full of cleaning products containing potentially dangerous chemicals. Keep your little one from venturing into unsafe territory by adding drawer and cabinet locks to your registry.

10. Safe travel items

“Child safety extends far beyond the boundaries of the home,” said Dr. Dougherty. “Add an infant car seat that is approved by safety guidelines from organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics to your registry.” A portable crib for safe sleeping is also helpful for your first overnight trip with your little one.

By including these items on your baby shower registry, your loved ones can help you create a safe environment for your new baby. Talk to your pediatrician about any baby safety concerns you have.

Inspira Health is a high-reliability organization (HRO), which means safety is the top priority for patients and staff. To make an appointment, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Topics: Children's Health