How to Safely Use a Stand-Alone Baby Rocker Chair
How to Safely Use a Stand-Alone Baby Rocker Chair?
Baby rocker chairs are certainly fun for little ones. But have you ever hesitated to buy one for your baby due to safety concerns?
Well, as a first-time parent it is quite logical to worry about stuff we buy for our babies. Many parents would often wonder if a little extra convenience is worth the potential risk. After all, babies are fragile and delicate, and while they’re still building their core and neck muscles, putting them on a rocker can place them at an increased risk for injury.
No parents would want to put their children in danger. That is why we have listed a practical guideline on how to safely use a stand-alone baby rocker chair.
Do not leave your child alone
Always supervise your baby when they are using the chair. Even if your baby is starting to walk, parents are advised to ensure they stay beside their child while rocking. This will keep your baby warm and reassured of their safety.
Always strap your baby in
Make sure to strap your baby in the rocker to prevent him or her from slipping. Babies 0-6 months make minimal movement and can be allowed to nap in a rocker with the strap on. You may adjust the strap accordingly depending on the age, weight, and size of your baby.
Once your baby can sit up, putting a strap is no longer a safe option as they may try to escape from it causing them to swing to the side and get stuck with the strap. If your baby is 12 months and above and can walk or move extensively, you can let go of the strap and supervise them when rocking. You can use the rocker to help them sleep but you need to transfer them in a safe place with nothing but a fitted sheet to avoid suffocation.
Never place the rocking chair on a high surface
Baby rocking chairs are meant to be placed on the floor. You can put a carpet on the floor for added protection but never put it on elevated surfaces. Do not put the rocking chair with your baby on it on the bed, on the kitchen table, or on the pantry. Even if your baby is small, there is always a risk it may fall.
Do not put anything on the rocker
Avoid putting extra pillows on the side of the rocker especially if you have a newborn as it may lead to suffocation. Baby rocking chairs are usually designed with comfortable padding and head support enough to make your baby feel comfortable. Ensure your baby’s chin is not tucked too close to their chest and that their head is free of obstructions. Do not put a comforter or blanket. If you want to keep them warm, let them wear a frog suit or adjust the aircon. Baby rattles should be pulled off easily. Avoid putting small objects that may intoxicate them.
Only use the rocker inside your house
Rocking chairs normally don’t have covers to protect your baby from the heat of the sun so it is best to use it exclusively inside your home. Moreover, they lay low and closer to the floor, which means putting it outside, may put your baby at risk of catching all sorts of bacteria from the ground. Remember to put the baby rocker on a flat surface to prevent it from tipping over or folding up easily.
Turn your baby from time to time
When your baby naps on the rocker try to turn his or her head slightly to one side, and alternate sides every use. It helps prevent slight or severe deformation in the head considering their very soft and delicate core and muscles of the infant. Additionally, you can place a baby rattle above their head to stimulate their head movement.
Do not exceed weight limits
Always check the rocker’s capacity before putting your baby in it. Make sure your baby’s weight is less than the rocker’s weight limit to avoid it from collapsing. If you think your baby has outgrown the rocker, do not force your baby into it. Always consider your baby’s safety first.