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Playing Mommy isn’t easy. You need to keep on guard so that your baby stays protected 24/7. This includes when he’s having a whoopie while being on a swing.
Now swinging your baby, as cute as it seems, can turn out to be a bad experience for your little one. Maybe you lost focus on your baby and the next thing you know he fell off the swing.
Or maybe, the swing breaks while your baby’s on it. Whatever the case, you have to be extra-cautious.
Well, I’ve come up with all the necessary safety tips for using a baby swing to shed some light on your parenting job. Give these tips a read and your “giggly little marshmallow” will never hurt himself again.
Safety Tips for Using a Baby Swing
I’ve come with 10 possible scenarios that can be a threat to your baby. From tripping over to the swing getting broken and the toys falling on his face. Go through these tips and you’ll know what to do.
Keep an Eye on Your Child
Babies, even though are like innocent angels, they turn as a bummer sometimes. You leave your baby alone in the swing and the next thing you know he’s probably waggling it hard.
Smiling? Well, NEWSFLASH! Your little one can end up hurting him. No matter what, you have to keep him under a serious watch. It doesn’t matter whether you’re preparing his food or anything, your eyes have to be on him 24/7.
This also includes, no yawning or getting your mind off the track when your baby is having his swing ride.
Got the Safe Harness? Use It!
Stubborn babies have one thing in common. They move a lot. Don’t be surprised if your child falls off the swing for this.
So, whenever you’re getting your hands on a baby swing, you better get your hands on the one that has got a safety harness. This will keep your swing secured.
And when I’m saying you have to use it, I mean that you got to use it even when your child is experiencing the motion features of the swing. Bear in mind that you have to adjust the size of the harness according to the need of your baby.
Avoid Surfaces That Are Elevated
You’re just giving your floors a wash and your kid is on the swing. So, you think you can just keep the swing on the table while your baby’s on it. That’s a complete ‘No Go’ zone my friend. Don’t even try to do this at all.
Who knows? The swing may fall off the surface. You can guess the next scenario, can’t you?
To avoid such issues, you have to keep your swings on your floor all the time, let it be a small or a big one. As a result, the chances of getting into any risky situation gets cut down to half.
Know When to Take a Break
Just because your baby is having his giggling time (and I know you love it), doesn’t mean he has to keep swinging for hours.
Let him have his fun-time for half an hour and once the time’s over, it’s time for him to take a break.
Yes, maybe he’s going to cry a bit or make faces, babies are pretty good at that.
But you being a responsible parent, should know when you’ll have to take a bit hard step, right?
Now, here’s one thing to remember though. Whenever you’re going to swing your baby, it’s better not to use the rapid swing for a long time. This may make him feel dizzy and sick.
Take Care of the Toys
You don’t want your little one’s ‘Toy Story’ to end up being a bad one, do you? Swings have got toys hanging above them. If somehow the toys get detached, your child might get a boo-boo.
To keep your baby safe all the time, you have to see if the toys are attached perfectly on the swing. You can keep an eye on them every once in a while if you want.
Also, it’s better not to have light projectors on the swing. These projectors may seem like a fun thing to have around, but it can get your child overstimulated as he uses the swing.
Give the Swing’s Weight a Thought
You may get your hands on the best baby swing, however, it won’t seem the best if your baby lies on it and the swing collapses or breaks. This happens when the swing cannot handle the weight of your baby.
So, it’s always recommended to check the weight limit of the swing. You can simply find it labeled on the product you’re purchasing.
Recline the Seat When You Need It
Guess when your baby gets the best support on his head? It’s when you recline the seat and your baby gets all his comfort zone. And if your child hasn’t aged 4 yet, it’s pretty recommended for you to keep the seat reclined.
This will make sure nothing blocks his airways and nothing prevents him from breathing properly while he stays on the swing. Besides, this will prevent your little one from falling off the swing.
Watch Out! Your Baby’s Sleeping
Over time, your baby will start making the swing his nap-zone. It’s pretty common for babies to fall asleep on it.
And I won’t be surprised if you keep staring at him and say ‘Awww!’
Wrong Move Parent! The swing doesn’t have enough space for your baby to keep his spines and sleeping postures correct.
So, no matter how cute of an image you’re getting, it actually goes the other way around.
Make sure you move your baby to a crib or a place he can sleep tight. I know you don’t want to wake him up. So, you can just get him out of the swing carefully, and rub their backs. This will work as a lullaby just in case your baby wakes up.
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Know When to Get Rid of It Completely
Your baby will grow over time. And once he turns into a toddler, he’ll know how to roll over all by himself. So, once he ages to learn such things, you have to get rid of the swing.
No, I don’t want it to keep it as a memory at all. As your baby turns into a toddler, he may try to climb on the swing and this may give him a minor injury.
Now that you know all the safety tips for using a baby swing, I don’t think you’ll face any problem protecting your little one from hurting himself. Yeah, I know it’s not easy but then again, a parent’s got to do what a parent’s got to do, right? Just a couple of years and you’ll see your child running all on his own.
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