Dwelling in Safety

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

 We should be prepared and do all that we can to protect our little ones from harm, and then pray and trust God to be the ultimate father and protector over their lives.

The first night in the hospital with my newborn daughter, my husband and I did not sleep at all. Even when she was asleep, we kept watch to be sure that her chest was rising and falling. She made such funny little squeaks and snorts when she breathed, so we buzzed for the nurses constantly in fear that something was wrong.

When she had outgrown her bassinet and it was time to move her into her own room and crib, my husband was afraid that kidnappers would break in and steal her while we slept, (even though we have an alarm system).

These stories may sound a bit hysterical and funny, but the responsibility for keeping such a helpless baby safe can feel scary.

God wants us to be diligent and protective of our children, but He never wants us to live in fear. Therefore, we must find a balance and remember that prayer is the best covering we can provide for our children. Holding on with all of our might and watching every move our babies make will only make us paranoid and will keep us from the peace of trusting in a Father who loves our children even more than we do.

There are steps that should be taken to baby proof your home before your newborn arrives. The more drastic measures can be made before your baby crawls, which is usually around 6-months-old.

 

Home Baby Proofing Steps to Take Before Baby Arrives:

  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they are working
  • Take an Infant CPR Class
  • Have an emergency first aid kit and supplies
  • Plan a fire/emergency escape route
  • Insure that all windows and doors are secure
  • If you live in a high rise building, have window guards installed
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees or lower
  • Place non-slip pads under rugs

 baby as art 3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>