Newborn Safety and Security
A parent’s biggest fear is not being able to protect their children, especially after the fact when they think about what they could’ve done. There’s no need to think that now, not with our tips.
Invest in camera systems:
Home security cameras provide the perfect means to check in on your baby without physically entering his or her room. If your child starts to cry or you hear movement, simply switch on the camera to monitor activity and determine if intervention is needed. Invest in specialized video baby monitors or let your existing home security cameras double in this role. Instead of relying solely on a video handset, some options let you view and control cameras via your mobile device or watch streaming video live from your TV.
An overheated nursery increases your baby’s chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs). To ensure your nursery stays a safe 68-degrees, install a home automation thermostat to monitor and adjust room temperature remotely via your smartphone. For even greater sophistication, pair the thermostat with a device like Mimo that monitors your baby’s sleep patterns, temperature, activity and more. If your baby’s temperature is detected high, log into your automated thermostat to cool the room.
Newborns wake often in the middle of the night for feedings, diaper changes or just plain fussiness. Automating your nursery lights can make these nighttime rituals more bearable. Instead of entering a dark room and stumbling around to find the necessary bottle or pacifier, trigger a dim glow upon entry. This lets you navigate the room with ease without further disturbing your infant. Lights can also be synced with your baby’s schedule. For example, pre-set lights to gradually brighten when you’d like your baby to wake up in the morning or from a nap.
Of course, no amount of technology can truly stop a parent from worrying. It’s okay to linger at the doorway and watch them sleep — but when you’re tired, or cooking, these tips are a good backup for you.