Certainly, you’re enjoying your time with your baby. Probably, you know most of the must-know baby safety tips to keep your little family member safe and healthy. It’s true that no matter how old he or she is, only you can play the most important role in keeping your baby safe.
But did you know some of the parenting tips and tricks might be harmful to your precious one? Sometimes it becomes tough to tell mom or dad that they’re doing something wrong. As a matter of fact, they perform these automatically and these become their habit. However, relevant and current data has proven that not all the safety tips are actually safe for the baby.
After an extensive research, we’ve collected top 10 baby safety tips that seem safe, but in reality, they’re not safe at all. In the long run, these can cause serious physical as well as psychological harm to them.
Let’s go through 10 Baby Safety Tips that could be deadly.
1. Let a Crying Baby Cry It Out
Is it okay to let your baby crying out loud? What do studies actually say?
The Danger: Parents believe that to let a child crying it out helps him to build his confidence. They also think that their kids will become more independent in this way. However, studies show that leaving a child to cry it out causes no immediate or direct impact on them. But in the long run, it has a serious negative impact on them.
First, neurological impact. Research shows that neurological harm occurs in the child who is left to cry it out. In addition, it affects them in many ways throughout their lives.
Second, psychological impact. When babies cry it out and they aren’t tended to, they learn that no one cares to come meet their needs. As a result, it causes stress or lasting emotional problems for babies.
Safe Strategy: Take care of your baby at the time when he/ she is crying. It’ll help them to grow up to be independent adults. In addition, it’ll be helpful for their healthy emotional development.
2. Cleaning Your Baby’s Ears with Q-Tips
What are the proper rules of appropriate ear hygiene? Is Q-tips safe?
The Danger: Q-tips do more harm than good for children’s ears. The good news is ears clean themselves. Ear wax almost most of the time comes out on its own accord. So, why you’re trying to clean your baby’s ears with Q-tips. Do you know, a little assistance in doing so may harm your baby’s ear? This good intention may cause several potential problems.
First, using Q-tips in the baby’s narrow ear canals actually pushes the ear wax deeper into the canal. In kids who make moist, thick wax, their ears become so clogged with this wax that their hearing sense may become dull. As a result, it effects on their speech, learning and behavior development.
Second, your baby’s eardrum may puncture. Consequently, the tiny inner bones which are essential for proper hearing may be damaged. Moreover, if the membrane fails to recover, it’ll cause a serious impact on the life of your child.
Safety Strategy: Avoid Q-tips for your baby’ ear hygiene. Clean only the outer part of the ear with a wet washcloth. Internal cleansing is not essential at all. For the older child, you can use ear candling.
3. Medication to Vaccine-Related Fever
Is it actually safe to give medication to reduce the post-shot fever and discomfort? What does research say?
The Danger: Medication after vaccination may cause several negative impacts on your baby.
First, a new study suggests that fever medication after vaccination limit how the immune system responds to the vaccination. Researchers also have found medication like Paracetamol can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Second, the drug used to treat fever can be a side effect of vaccines.
Safe Strategy: Fever after vaccination is a natural side effect. It proves that the body is having an immune response. Hence, parents shouldn’t give their babies fever medication in the hour after getting their baby a vaccine.
4. Starting Your Baby Solid Foods before Turning 6 Months
Unfortunately, many grandma and pediatricians encourage start solid foods to the baby as earlier than 6 months. But do you know the risk?
The Danger: Extensive researchers have shown that babies should never be starting solid foods before 6 months of their age. The dangers are:
First, solid food is higher in calories and lower in proper nutrition. As a result, it will cause obesity.
Second, solid foods given before 6 months of age will cause eczema and allergies.
Third, there may be a link to chronic diseases like celiac disease and diabetes.
Safety Strategy: 0-6 months, feed your baby whenever he/she gets hungry. Look for your baby’s breastfeeding cues. If he/she is taking adequate breast milk or formula, still seems unsatisfied with feeding, call your pediatrician.
5. Newborns Always Need to Wear a Cap
It’s a very common misconception that newborn babies need to wear hats year-round, indoor as well as out. But have you ever questioned if this habit is really effective? In fact, this cap could do more harm than good.
The Danger: Look at the negative impacts of wearing a cap.
First, putting hats on baby’s head, especially on the newborn head actually causes his/her head to overheat.
Second, newborns have a wonderful, intoxicating smell. Studies show that it has a significant biological impact to recognize each other’s (mom & baby) smell. Therefore, cap/hat interferes the bonding.
Safe Strategy: Considering the season, temperature and whether he/she will be exposed to the sun or not, stick the hat on your baby. However, it’s good to put hat only on premature or low birth weight babies, or babies born via C-section, or after an induction.
6. Babies Sleep Better In Their Own Room
Parents have a misconception that room-sharing or co-sleeping is quite risky for both baby’s health and their development. But what do studies show? Is it actually dangerous?
The Danger: There are several proven negative impacts of babies sleeping in their own room.
First, babies under 12 months old sleeping in their own room increases the risk of sudden death syndrome (SID).
Second, if babies sleep in the separate room, parents unable to monitor and notice the breathing pattern of their baby.
Safe Strategy: Infants should sleep in their parents’ room. But not in parents’ bed. It’ll lower the risk of SIDS.
7. Introducing Fluoride Toothpaste into The Earlier Age
Fluoride can help prevent cavities in children’s teeth. But, is fluoride safe for your children?
The Danger: Researchers have shown the side effects of fluoride during infancy.
First, excessive fluoride may cause low bone density.
Second, in some cases, fluoride exposure has been linked to ADHD and some neurological conditions.
Safe Strategy: Parent should use toothpaste free of fluoride for their baby. Natural component such as coconut oil are also good.
8. Baby Seat in Cars- Rear Facing Or Front-Facing?
It’s a new debate. It’s one of the most significant jobs for parents to keep their child safe while riding in a car. But there are some mistakes that parents make, such as not using a safety seat consistently or using a secondhand or old seat.
First, each year, tens of thousands of children are injured, and about a thousand are killed in car crashes in the USA.
Second, missing any important parts of a used car seat or dangers of aging plastic cause serious accident.
Third, long-term use of child seat affects baby’s behavioral and physical development.
Safe Strategy: It’s safe for your little ones to keep them in the rear-facing position until the age of 4 in the car. You should learn how to install harness and car safety seat properlyfor the ride.
9. Walkers and Other Similar Devices
Most of the parents consider baby walker and other similar devices that allow parents to sit their baby for a long time to prepare lunch. But are you sure that no imminent danger was posed who used them?
The Danger: Studies show various long-term damage to your baby from their use.
First, babies who use a walker for long time show delayed motor development.
Second, it’s an added danger of moving faster, falling farther and reaching higher.
Safety strategy: Have your baby in a Baby wear. As a result, it’ll help you free up your hands. In addition, the baby will feel the physical warmth of the parents.
10. Cow’s Milk
Is it safe to use cow’s milk or other milk as a supplement to breastfeeding? The use of cow’s milk before your baby’s one year of age is controversial among experts.
The Danger: Infants have problems with cow’s milk formula.
First, the growth hormones of cow’s milk may cause breast cancer in humans.
Second, it’s tough for the baby’s digestive system to break down.
Third, children under a year are more at risk for allergy.
Safe Strategy: For the child of about 1 year old, goat’s milk, soy milk or almond milk is more suitable. These types of milk digest more easily than cow’s milk.
A Few Final Word
Undoubtedly, your baby is a precious one to you. Before following any tips and trick regarding baby safety, you need to learn more whether it’s actually safe for your baby.
However, after reading our article on, hope you’re now aware of these misconceptions.
Now, you're the parents who know which baby safety tips are actually safe for your baby.