One of the most vital roles of a parent is to ensure the health and safety of their baby. Babies or infants are extremely dependent on their parents or caregivers. Between the first six to twelve months after birth, babies like to move around and explore their new surroundings.

It is during these growth stages that the overall health of a child is determined. Parents have to make sure that their babies are receiving the necessary nutrition, vitamins, mental activity and physical activity. Birthing a child is no easy feat and raising a healthy baby in a safe environment is not easy either. Let me make it easier for you by providing 6 tips to keep your baby both healthy and safe:

1.      Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding should continue on up to at least 12 months after the baby’s birth. Breastfeeding is key in maintaining a health infant. For instance, breast milk provides the required nutrients in the correct proportions, provides protection against allergies & illnesses such as cancer and diabetes and can be digested easily by the baby. In addition, breast milk assists the baby in maintaining a healthy weight.

2.      Healthy Solids

From around 6 months after a birth, a parent can begin feeding solid food. Half a cup of soft food 2-3 times per day is sufficient for babies between 6-8 months. For example, you can softly mash thin pieces of vegetables, fruits or yogurt. If you are feeding meat or protein ensure to cook and puree it before feeding the baby. Between 9 to 11 months, you can increase the meal intake to ½ a cup of soft food 3-4 times a day. In addition, ensure your baby receives the needed amount of water and breast milk throughout the day.

3.      Oral Hygiene

It is important for parents to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as it appears. This can help in the prevention of tooth decay and reduce the risk of common childhood infectious diseases.

4.      Immunize

Vaccinations provide protection for your child from dangerous diseases. For example, vaccines are available for diphtheria, polio and tetanus. Majority of the vaccinations have to be completed between the stage of birth and six years. Parents must keep a record of their child’s immunizations to ensure effectiveness. In addition, ensure to keep cough and cold medicine as kids tend catch the common cough or cold from time to time.

5.      Prevent Accidents

Provide particular safe spaces for your baby’s playtime. Remain close to your child at all times. When the baby begins moving around more fasten carpets on the floors and stairs. Similarly, fasten pieces of furniture such as bookcases, television and other large or heavy objects to ensure the baby’s security during an earthquake.

In addition, to avoid an electric shock, secure empty electric sockets with safety sockets. It is vital to purchase baby health and safety products of good quality for the overall health of the baby and to prevent injuries or accidents.

6.      Remove Toxins & Choking Hazards

It is quite easy for a baby to choke. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that small objects, tiny toys and hard food is out of your baby’s reach. Likewise, keep your cleaners, chemicals, rat poison and medicines out of your baby’s reach to prevent any unnecessary burns or life-threatening situations.

Utilize these tips to ensure your baby grows in a secure environment and for the maintenance of your baby’s overall health.