JAYHAWK PHARMACY BLOG

Staying Safe at the Playground

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Use these tips to make sure your child is safe while playing at the playground

Use these tips to make sure your child is safe while playing at the playground

 

All this month, we’ve been talking about National Baby Safety Month on our Facebook page. Jayhawk Pharmacy is passionate about mothers and babies, and we want to see both healthy and thriving (its part of the reason why we keep maternity products stocked in our online catalog).  We would like to continue talking about baby safety in today’s blog, focusing specifically on staying safe at the playground:

  • Examine the playground’s surfaces

Stay away from playgrounds with asphalt, concrete, grass, gravel or dirt surfaces. These are non-impact absorbing surfaces, so if your little one falls, it can really hurt! Surfaces that are good include mulch, sand, pea gravel, shredded rubber and wood chips.

  • Make sure it’s age-appropriate

Some pieces of playground equipment may look appealing to your child, but if it’s designed for an older kid in mind, your little one runs the risk of getting hurt. Short slides made out of plastic are good for babies, as are bipod swings (those are the swings with the leg holes in them).

  • Make sure the equipment is being maintained

If the playground pieces are in disrepair, it probably means the whole facility isn’t being taken care of—and that can mean hidden hazards. After all, if the city or organization that owns the park can’t afford upkeep of the equipment, then they probably can’t afford to pay someone go around and pick up trash or glass or other things that could hurt your baby.

  • Keep an eye on baby

You’re probably doing this anyway, but babies are notorious for getting into trouble if you take your eyes off them for one second. There will be all kinds of things on the ground that baby will want to pick up and put in their mouth.

Taking your baby to the playground should be a fun experience, not a scary one! Just make sure to follow these safety tips to have a fun day with the little one.

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