Are you ready for baby? Prioritize the top 3 safety concerns. At Chicago CPR, we focus on the 3 C’s – CPR, car seats, and cribs. We know new parents have a lot of things on their ‘preparing for baby to-do list”. Simplify your list by focusing on what you need to know before baby arrives. These three topics will have the biggest impact on your child’s safety and well-being right from the beginning:
1. According to the American Heart Association, infant choking is the #1 cause of unintentional death in infants. It is critical that expectant parents take a CPR class, taught by a certified instructor. Research demonstrates that people best learn CPR by taking a live CPR class that provides demonstration and practice on training manikins, like the classes offered by Chicago CPR. CPR is a hands-on skill that requires hands-on learning. After the initial education, parents needs to refresh their skills frequently, every few months.
2. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 4. Research demonstrates over and over again that the best way to protect your child in the event of a car crash is to have your child in a properly installed and used child car seat. Yet, 3 out of 4 well-meaning parents are using their car seat incorrectly. Don’t assume you are one of few who have figured it out. And, don’t take chances in a moving vehicle – injuries sustained in a car crash can be disabling and life-altering for the entire family. Use the services of a seasoned, certified child passenger safety technician. Certified car seat technicians have completed a 32 hour training course by the federal government. Safety Squad, in Chicago, is one of the leading car seat teams in the nation. They have worked with over 10,000 families, with virtually every car seat and every vehicle on the market. Don’t stress over this and don’t waste hours of fruitless internet research – make an appointment today.
3. Next to your infant car seat, your crib will be the most important piece of baby gear you will purchase. Effective 6/2011 crib standards have changed and crib manufacturers now need to meet stricter standards. Do not use a crib manufactured prior to 6/2011. Your child will spend more than 1/2 of his first year of life in a crib. Buy a new crib, assemble it correctly, inspect it often to be sure all the parts are secure, and engage in a proactive recall process so you will know if the crib has been recalled. Kids in Danger is a chicago-based organization that has worked hard to advocate for safer baby products. Download their free publication on crib standards. Secondly, be sure you know to keep your child’s sleep area safe and minimize the risk of SIDS and suffocation. Remember the ABCs safe sleep – baby sleeps Alone, on his Back, in a safety-approved Crib. Kids in Danger and the Illinois SIDS alliance both have free information on safe sleep. Since the Back to Sleep campagin, the incidence of SIDS has drastically decreased.
Chicago CPR offers CPR certification classes as well as CPR pregnancy classes, especially designed for expectant or new parents. Our new parent classes are customized to include information on SIDS, safe sleep, and motor vehicle safety.