Legacy in the News: New Baby - New Life

Prepping your world for parenthood

Metro Parent
June 2014

Bringing home a newborn is one of those iconic moments in our lives. We capture the tired smiles, the swaddled infants and the balloons and banners in pictures and video. But along with the coos and casseroles, new parents also get a lot of advice-solicited or not-and sometimes the onslaught of well-meaning do’s and don’ts can be overwhelming.

To help parents prepare for parenthood, Metro Parent chatted with local experts and seasoned parents to compile a realistic guide to readying their home, selecting gear and taking classes that prepare parents for parenthood.

Sandy Nipper, R.N., child safety program coordinator and Tammy Franks, child passenger safety seat coordinator at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel talked to Metro Parent about baby-proofing and gear to get and gadgets to avoid.

Safety experts no longer emphasize baby-proofing as they once did, says Sandy. “There’s no substitute for a parent’s watchful eye,” Sandy says. “We worry that parents think if they’ve baby-proofed their homes they don’t need to be as vigilant, and that’s just not true.” Sandy suggests parents-to-be assess their homes and invest in baby-proofing items that make sense for them. She also urges parents to enroll in accident prevention and safety classes to heighten their awareness and help them be better caregivers.

Two items parents should always purchase are a car safety seat and a child’s sleeper, whether it’s a crib, co-sleeper bassinet or portable crib. Tammy notes that it’s so important to get your car seat installed correctly. She advises parents to make an appointment at a car safety seat inspection center weeks in advance of their due date to ensure the car seat is properly installed before baby makes her debut. Randall Children’s Hospital Safety Center offers free installation seminars by appointment.
 
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Contact: Maegan Vidal