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Baby Bathing Safety

  • Always test the bath water to make sure it is not too hot before setting your baby in the water. Dipping your elbow in the water is a good way to test.
  • Turn down your hot water heater to 120° F.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub or bath ring. It only takes a few seconds for a baby to drown.
  • Store small appliances, such as hair dryers and radios, away from the water and bathing areas. Keep these appliances unplugged and out of reach when not in use.

 

Baby Toy Safety

  • Inspect your child's toys often. Be sure that toys are unbreakable, do not come apart, do not have small parts that could be chewed or broken off, are not sharp, and are larger than your baby's mouth.
  • Use toy chests without lids or with supports that hold a lid open in any position.
  • Be cautious with balloons to prevent choking.

Baby Choking or Strangulation Prevention

  • NEVER put strings or cords around your baby's neck (such as to hold a pacifier) or near baby's crib. Be cautious of strings or buttons on clothing; make sure they are not in danger of choking your baby.
  • Secure cords on blinds and drapes out of reach to prevent accidental strangulation.
  • Put away small objects -- even display items -- that can cause injury or choking if swallowed.

Baby Feeding Safety

  • Never prop up your baby's bottle and leave your baby unattended; your baby could choke. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle.
  • Avoid giving your child raw carrots, unpeeled apples, nuts, hard candies, and other foods that present a choking hazard.
  • In a highchair, always use restraining straps that run around your child's waist and between his legs to keep him from sliding out.

Baby Sleeping Safety

  • All infants should be put down for sleep on their backs to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also called SIDS.
  • Give your baby a pacifier before he goes to sleep. This reduces the chance of SIDS.
  • Avoid soft bedding that might suffocate your baby, such as pillows, blankets, plush toys, and bumpers.
  • Crib slats should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less so head can't get trapped.
  • Keep baby's room at a moderate temperature and dress them in a way that they can't overheat. This also reduces the risk of SIDS.
  • Share a bedroom with your newborn -- but not a bed.
  • Avoid devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as sleep positioners.
  • Nursing your baby and making sure that your baby gets all of the recommended vaccines can help protect against SIDS.

 

 

Changing Table Safety

  • Use a sturdy table.
  • Always keep your hands and eyes on baby while he or she is on the changing table.
  • Keep supplies within easy reach.

 

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