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Baby Safety Checklist
12/11/09
  • Put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a flat, firm mattress and no soft bedding underneath, to reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  To prevent suffocation, never put babies to sleep on adult beds.
  • Make sure your baby's crib is sturdy and has no loose or missing hardware to prevent babies from suffocating or strangling by becoming trapped between broken crib parts.
  • Never place your baby's crib or furniture near window blind or curtain cords to prevent babies from strangling on the loop of the cord.  To prevent falls, keep children away from windows.
  • Keep medications and cleaning products in containers with safety caps and locked away from children.
  • Always check bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow before putting your baby into the bath.
  • Never, ever leave your child alone in the bathtub or near any water.  In addition, keep children away from all standing water, including water in toilets, 5-gallon or larger buckets and pools.
  • Don't leave your baby alone in a highchair; always use all safety straps.  Be sure to use safety straps in strollers and baby swings.
  • Use your stove's back burners and keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove.  In addition, keep children away from tablecloths, so they can't pull hot foods or liquids down on themselves.
  • Lock household cleaning products, knives, matches and plastic bags away from children.
  • Install smoke detectors near all sleeping areas and on every floor of your home.  Change batteries yearly.
  • Use safety gates to block stairways and safety plugs to cover electrical outlets.
  • Keep all small objects, including tiny toys and balloons, away from young children.

 

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