Baby Safety

• Handle your baby gently. Support her neck and head when holding her.

• Don’t leave your baby alone on a changing table, bed or other high place, your baby could fall.

• Keep your baby away from hot objects and liquids.

• Test water temperature with the inside of your wrist before putting baby in the bath.

• You, family members and guests should wash your hands with soap and water before touching or holding the baby. This is one of the most important steps in keeping your baby safe from germs.

• Buckle your baby in a rear-facing car seat.

• Place the car seat in the back seat so that the baby faces the back window.

• Use the car seat even if your baby fusses. Stay calm to help your baby calm down and adjust to the car seat.

• Place your baby on his back to sleep.

• Keep stuffed toys and soft fluffy things like blankets and bumper pads away from the baby’s sleep area.

• Put the baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface like a crib or bassinet in the same room as the parents for the first 6 months of life.

• Breastfeeding your baby reduces her risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

• Check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

• Practice a fire escape for how you would get your baby out in case of a fire.

• Keep your baby away from cigarette and cigar smoke. It makes it harder for your baby to breathe.

• Keep small objects and toys away from your baby. He is learning to put things in his mouth and could choke.

• Begin “baby-proofing” your home. Cover outlets. Remove small, sharp or poisonous objects. Move cords out of reach.

• Keep your baby away from cigarette and cigar smoke. It can lead to health problems like asthma and allergies.

• If carrying your baby in a car seat, always use the safety strap.

• Never leave your baby alone on a bed, sofa or changing table, or in a walker or bathtub.

• Keep hot liquids away from your baby. They could spill and burn your baby badly.

• Keep balloons away from your baby. If a balloon covers his mouth, he won’t be able to breathe.

• Keep your baby’s car seat facing the back of the car.

• Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub or sink, even if you use a bath ring or seat.

• Put baby gates at the stairs and keep doors closed.

• Be sure to block off your baby’s access to space heaters, wood stoves and kerosene heaters.

• Never leave your baby alone on high places like changing tables, beds or chairs.

•Your baby will put things in his mouth. Make sure any cleaners, pesticides and medicines are locked away and small objects are out of reach.

• Always use the high chair and safety belt. Don’t leave your baby alone in the chair.

• Keep heavy objects and hot liquids out of reach. Remove tablecloths from tables.

• If you think your baby has swallowed something poisonous, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

• Use corner protectors on sharp edges of furniture.

•NEVER leave your baby alone around bathtubs, play pools, toilets and buckets. Your baby can drown in just a few inches of water.

• Help your baby learn why some things are not safe. If he goes to the stove, say “Hot!” and move him away.

• Secure televisions, furniture and other heavy items so your child can’t pull them over.

• Keep the crib mattress at its lowest level with the sides up so your child cannot climb out.

• Move sharp objects (like scissors and knives) and phone, electrical and blind cords out of reach.

• Don’t give your baby hard-to-chew foods such as popcorn, nuts, raisins, tortilla chips or grapes. Don’t give hot dogs, even if they are cut into pieces.

• Keep your child out of rooms where there are hot objects, like an oven or space heater.

• Use a rear-facing car seat until your child reaches the weight and height limit. Then you can install a forward-facing car seat. Always keep rear and forward-facing car seats in the back seat of the car.

• Keep poisons and dangerous items high and out of reach in locked cabinets. Keep the number of the Poison Control Center

(1-800-222-1222) near the phone.

• Use gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

• Move furniture your child can climb on away from upstairs windows. Consider using window guards.

• Keep cigarettes, matches and lighters out of your child’s reach.

• Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled before you drive.

• Your child can still choke on food. Avoid small foods like nuts, popcorn, marshmallows, raw carrots, grapes, candy and hot dogs. Always watch your child while they are eating.

• Keep small appliances and electrical cords out of reach.

• Make sure all medicines have safety caps and hide them out of reach.

• Use baby gates and keep things your child can climb on away from windows and doors. Secure any furniture to the wall that your child might climb on or pull over.

• Repeat to your child what he can and cannot touch. He is learning how things work.

• Be sure that you and your toddler wear a CPSC-approved helmet when riding a tricycle or on a bicycle.

• Keep your toddler away from moving machinery, lawn mowers, overhead garage doors, driveways and streets.

• Put bags and purses out of reach. There could be medicine or other items in them your child should not touch.

• If there is a gun in your home, it should be stored, unloaded and locked, with the bullets locked separately from the gun.

• Be sure to child-proof doors, especially ones that could lock.

• Teach your child to wipe her nose with a tissue and wash her hands regularly.