How do I make my home safer
for my baby?
Every year, more children under the age of five
die from unintentional injury than all other causes combined.
Accidents are also the leading cause of permanent or temporary
disability in those over the age of one year. In the United States, 12
to 14 million children (one in four children under the age of 15)
require medical attention due to accidental injury. The majority of
these accidents occur in and around the home. To help create a safer
home for your baby here are the top 10 baby proofing tips.
Make sure the baby's crib is safe. Slats
should be no more than 2 3/8" apart and bumpers should be
removed by the age of five months or when your baby begins pulling
herself up -- whichever comes first. Never keep stuffed animals or
loose bedding in the crib. Rather, use a wearable blanket.
Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub.
Keep a cordless phone with you in the bathroom or let the
answering machine pick it up. Children have drowned in less than 2
inches of water.
Babies can begin pulling themselves up on
furniture prior to walking. Be sure to have all heavy furniture,
including the changing table, secured to the wall so it can not
fall down on them.
Caps on medicine and household cleaners are
child resistant not child proof. Toddlers have been known to be
able to open a child resistant cap in 10 minutes. All medicines
and toxic substances should be kept in cabinets that have locks
properly installed on them. This includes hairsprays, gels,
mouthwash, powder and other toiletries.
Never hold your baby in your arms when
cooking. Hot oils and boiling water can splash onto them. Be sure
to use the back burners when cooking and turn handles away from
the front of the stove.
Be mindful of the placement of furniture.
Objects that can be climbed on such as beds, cribs, chairs, chests
and desks should not be placed near windows.
Replace all electrical outlets with sliding
outlet covers. The small, individual outlet covers come out easily
and are a choking hazard.
Check baby's clothing regularly for loose
buttons, snaps, etc. Never use strings to attach the pacifier to
baby's crib or clothes and check that it is not getting old.
When your baby is in a carrier, never place
it on a counter or high surface. She could easily wiggle and
Have a car seat inspection done by a member
of the police department or someone certified in installing car
seats. In a study completed by National Safe Kids Council, over 87
percent of car seats were installed improperly. Your child should
always be in the back seat and rear-facing for an infant under one
year and less than 20 pounds. Toys R Us often has free baby seat
checking stations set up in their parking lots call for a schedule
in your area. Many hospitals also provide this service at no cost.
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