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Baby Safety at Home

Sleep Safety

  • Crib and play pen bars should be less than 2 3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart.
  • Remove fluffy pillows, toys, quilts and blankets from your baby’s bed. Don’t use a loose plastic sheet. These things could block your baby’s breathing.
  • Place your baby on his back to sleep. Allow “tummy time” only when baby is awake and you are watching.

Bath Safety

  • Never leave baby unattended in tub.
  • Turn hot water heater down to 120 degrees or less.
  • Keep one hand on your baby at all times-bathing is slippery!

Kitchen Safety

  • Never hold the baby while cooking or drinking hot liquids.
  • Use rear stove burners and turn pot handles to the rear of the stove. Never leave the stove unattended while cooking.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen.
  • Make sure children cannot reach electrical cords.

Dressing Safety

  • Avoid clothes with notions (buttons, bows, snaps, threads) that could become loose or be pulled off and become a choking hazard. Avoid tight elastic and over dressing.
  • Never leave baby alone on a changing table.
  • Never tie a pacifier or anything around your baby’s neck. This could cause your baby to strangle.

Household Safety

  • Install smoke alarms and check batteries at least twice a year.
  • Do not allow smoking inside your home.
  • Put poisons out of reach and lock the cabinet. Keep the Poison Control Hotline number near your telephone.
  • Install child safety locks on all cabinets within baby’s reach.
  • Keep baby away from window coverings and curtain cords.
  • Install quality electrical outlet covers.
  • Contact the U.S. Product Safety Commission though the hotline or website for more information on safety for all baby products and recalled baby products.

General Safety

  • Keep medication locked and out of reach of baby. Do not give baby any medication (including Tylenol) without first asking baby’s doctor. Remember that many medications may affect baby through your breast milk.
  • Never shake a baby. A child can be injured and brain-damaged for life in a matter of seconds. Make sure anyone who cares for your child knows that children should never be shaken for any reason (including rough play and tossing into the air).
  • Avoid yard signs, newspaper announcements or other public birth announcements. These types of announcements have been shown to increase the risk of infant kidnapping.