Keeping your baby safe, every day
The arrival of a new baby is always an exciting time. But more often than not, your child isn't the only new addition to the home — parents have to deal with the introduction of many new pieces of infant equipment and accessories into their daily routine. If not used and cared for properly, these items can pose a variety of risks. From bottles and pacifiers to strollers and carriers, parents need to know what to look for when buying these accessories — and more importantly, how to safely use them with their child.
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Baby bottles and pacifiers are part of the everyday toolkit of many parents with young children. But each comes with its own risks if not cared for properly.
Many parents use baby slings and carriers to carry their babies. While having your child close to you may be practical, using these products incorrectly can lead to injury or suffocation.
Strollers and carriages can be a huge part of your daily life when your children are young. These products are regulated in Canada for safety, but in addition to making sure your stroller or carriage meets current standards, it's also important to know how to use it safely.
As a parent, you want to make sure your baby gets the nutrition he or she needs to grow up strong and healthy. Today, most women are breastfeeding their babies. Breast milk promotes healthy growth and development and is the best food for your baby.
When a baby is not breastfed, liquid infant formula and powdered infant formula are acceptable alternatives. For caregivers and parents who may not have access to liquid infant formula, or when a suitable liquid infant formula is not available, powdered infant formula can be used if it's prepared properly.
It is very important to make sure a playpen is assembled correctly before using it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions completely, as well as guidelines regarding the weight and age of child the playpen is made for.
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