Sunday, April 30, 2017

5 Ways I'm A Super Safety Mom (And Proud Of It)


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It's been a little over 3 years now that I've been annoying people with my cautiousness. From the moment I found out I was pregnant with my son, I've just been really obsessed with keeping him alive, ya know? I wouldn't let people smoke anywhere near me when I was pregnant, I didn't lift anything heavy, eat deli meat, and I didn't drink caffeine. 

My cautiousness carried over to my new found motherhood, and will probably be with me my entire life. Here are 5 ways I'm a proud super safety mom:



1- Sleep Safety

I would consider myself a very "by the book" kind of mom. I follow all of the current recommendations, and my son's safety has always been more important than my need for sleep. By that, I mean I wouldn't do something I consider unsafe (like put thick blankets in his crib) just to make him sleep better. The night we brought him home from the hospital, he was sleeping in his full crib, in our room, with nothing but a tightly fitted sheet in the crib. I made sure we had a fan in the room to circulate air, we used an AngelCare monitor to keep track of his breathing and movements, and we made sure he slept on his back. He wasn't allowed to have a pillow until he was 2+ years old and I still creep in to check on him in the night with my flashlight. Oh, and he is what people might call a "bad sleeper". I have no regrets. 

2- Feeding

When I couldn't breastfeed (that's a story for another time) I dove into formula safety and gathered as much info as I could. Non-sterile powdered formula didn't make an appearance in our home until month 7. Not a speck of food touched his lips until month 6. He's 3 years old now and everything gets cut lengthwise and then lengthwise again. Grapes? I don't even keep them in the house. Grapes freakin terrify me. 

3- Car Seat Safety

You all HAD to know I would include this one. Improper chest clip placement makes me physically cringe. Mason turned 3 almost a month ago and is still rear facing. Car seat safety has gotten me into many a heated argument, but it's literally one of the easiest ways to keep your kids safe. It's SO easy! Just do it guys. Rear face until at least 2, keep that chest clip up, and don't switch to a booster too early. I could honestly keep going and going but I've written blog posts about this before and I will again, so check those out if you want to hear more. 

4- First Aid

I can't count the number of infant and toddler first aid videos I've watched. Mason choked on a paper clip when he was 1 (no idea where he found it). I grabbed him out of his high chair, did the baby heimlich maneuver, and the paper clip flew out. I refresh myself on the correct maneuvers for his age every few months. I also know how to spot a seizure, dress a wound, check the signs of a concussion, etc. It helps that I have a paramedic and nurse in the family who I can text at any time, but I have a need for knowledge. I know how to properly alternate Tylenol and Advil, how to keep him hydrated when he's sick, and we keep a fully stocked first aid kit in the car at all times. 


5- Stranger Danger

Being a safety conscious mom doesn't mean that I'm a helicopter parent. I'm aware that I can't always be with my son 24/7, so I want to give him the necessary tools to help himself if needed. As a blogger, I'm aware that we are putting our names out on the internet. In today's world it wouldn't have been that hard for people to find our names anyway. Most of the major mom bloggers and YouTube vloggers I watch do put their children's names in their work, however protect them in other ways. I will never post a photo of the outside of our house or any identifying landmarks/signs on our street. I don't often talk publicly about our city, and definitely not the area of the city we live in. I will also never talk about my child's preschool or schools by name or location. Something I'm also safety conscious about is his name being on his book bag our displayed in any visible way. It always makes me worried when parents monogram their child's entire name onto the outside of their book bags. If a predator is watching from the street or at a park, they can use that to call your child over by name. Which brings me to my next point- having a password. When Mason is old enough to use it, we're going to have a code word or "password" for school pick ups. The person picking him up will have to know the password. Currently, we have a "safe" list of people who have permission to get him, and the daycare won't let him go with anyone else. 

For field trips and vacations I recently ordered safety bracelets from Mabel's Labels with his name and our phone numbers on them. This doesn't fall under the category of "stranger danger" because if God forbid he ever gets lost, the bracelets are for good responsible adults to help him get back to us. The bracelets can't be read from far away, and aren't as noticeable, so I wouldn't be as worried about them as the name on the backpacks.
I could go on and on with more ways I'm a "super safety mom", but those are my top 5. 

Also, I feel the need to add this little disclaimer: just because I'm safety conscious in the ways listed above doesn't mean I'm a "better" mom. We all have different ways of doing things. I definitely don't know everything, but I do MY best, like we all do. 

Please comment below and tell me what you're safety conscious about. Do we have any of these in common? If you're a super relaxed mom, I'd love to hear about that too. 

Dedreanna

7 comments

  1. Way to go for being a super safety mom! My daughter was rear facing until she was three, too!

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  2. i think you are doing just right!

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  3. I identify with you a lot. Just the other day I was thinking about reviewing the Heimlich...I ordered "children at play signs" for our street. I don't care if people think I'm overprotective. We also have first aid kits in the cars.

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  4. I honestly feel like you can never be too safe! If got forbid something happened you would want to know you did everything you could to keep them safe. I love this, don't ever stop being a safe mom!

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  5. I'm so the same! Totally over protective and proud of it! I've nominated you for the blogger recognition award! Check out my post about it -> http://www.happychaosfamily.com/blogging/blogger-recognition-award/

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  6. Sounds like you're doing what's best for you and your son. I did most of the same things, with the exception of the name on the backpack. I will be having a talk with my son about strangers again, though.

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  7. Oh my goodness your "grapes terrify me" made me laugh out loud because they too terrify me and my husband thinks I'm nuts! We seriously got into an argument about it this week because I do buy grapes but always come them up as soon as they come in the house and I was cutting them up when my husband grabbed one and gave it to our 2.8 year old WHOLE!!! I was freaking out!! �� And yes A all about car seat safety!!! It makes my heart skip a best when I see how some children are "strapped" in.

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