There are so many things to think about and pay attention to as a mom. Sometimes, it can be really, really challenging to know where to start because there are just so many things. First of all, rest easy knowing that every mom “moms” differently. Same goes for dads! Second of all, take it one thing at a time. You do not have to do everything at once. But, here are four things that you might want to pay attention to as a mom:
If you do not have a baby that is crawling or walking yet, go ahead and think about babyproofing ahead of time. Why? Because once they are on the go, they are everywhere and into everything. At the very least it is recommended that you note things that could pose a risk, like fireplace tools, glass containers, plants with chemical fertilizer in them, electrical sockets, stairs, etc. Plus, having a space safe for kids to be kids where you are not always having to chase them around screaming “no,” is important. One area that I did not really think about initially was the hot water heater. The only reason I learned about it is when we had to replace ours, the plumber recommended to lower the temperature for the baby.
The Today network says, “To keep curious babies safe, Wellard suggests making sure that your hot-water heater is set to less than 120 degrees. "Around 15 months, kids become fascinated with playing with knobs and turning things," says Wellard. "They get into the bathroom, turn on the hot water, and scald themselves. We saw so many burns in the emergency room caused by kids playing in bathrooms, but if the thermostat is set to less than 120 degrees, they can't do that. It's something easy that people just don't think of." According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of injuries and deaths from tap-water scalds involve the elderly and children under the age of five.
There are many places to babyproof to ease your nerves and/or allow you to walk out of the room for a few minutes. Walk through your home and think about what could potentially be dangerous. You will find things along the way to, so just make sure that you figure that out once you do find them!
Screen time is a huge issue with a lot of people. I try my best to stay away from screens as much as possible, but with social media, the TV, computers, and more, it can be very challenging. For babies, specifically, exposure to screens reduces babies’ ability to read human emotion and control their frustration. It also detracts from activities that help boost their brain power, like play and interacting with other children. Interesting, right? Research has shown that screen time inhibits young children’s ability to read faces and learn social skills. Instead of putting them in front of screens, focus on face-to-face interactions so that they can better learn to understand non-verbal cues and interpret them. This will benefit them so much in the long-run!
A Safe Ride
High up on the list of things to pay attention to as a mom should be making sure that you have a safe ride. We put so much emphasis on the car seat that you purchase for the baby and that IS important, don’t get me wrong, but what about your ride? A car seat will not matter if the car catches on fire due to a malfunction, or if you get stuck on the side of the road. That is why ensuring that your car is operating as it should is very important. But, finding a mechanic that is honest and upfront can be a bit tricky. I heard about MBT of Atlanta Mercedes Master Techs from a friend and wanted to share that information with all of you! They are THE BEST in the Atlanta area and they specialize in Mercedes Benz, so they know what they are talking about, especially when it comes to Atlanta Mercedes engine repair, transmission services, wheel alignments, basic maintenance, anti-theft services, and more. They offer the latest STAR diagnostic technology to provide high-quality service with quick turnaround times and affordable prices. They offer many preventative maintenance options to keep your car healthy and running smoothly. That is the best way to make sure that your car is safe on-the-go for the protection of yourself and your child.
As you can see, a lot of your things that you have to pay attention to (and trust me, this is not even close) are all about your children - and for good reason, too. They do not know what will hurt them and what is okay yet...but they will one day, thanks to your help and protection! Even though a lot of your time is being dedicated towards taking care of your children, you also need to make sure that you are paying attention to yourself. Implement self-care whenever possible. Go to doctors appointments, dental appointments, and make sure that you are eating healthy and getting exercise. In addition, spend time unwinding - however you like. Get a massage (when it’s okay to do so), read a book, go to bed early, take a bubble bath, whatever.