Childhood Safety: What you can do * Prevention is key. *
Babies are very fast learners! Before you know it, she will be able to reach for things, roll over, and crawl. New skills are exciting, but also come with the risk of getting hurt.
Childhood injuries often happen because parents don’t know what their children can do.
By keeping a close eye on her developing skills and setting up safe spots early on, you can prevent injuries down the road.
It’s our job to keep kids safe. By preparing safe areas ahead of time, you are helping to protect your baby from harm now and in the future.
Look at your home from your baby’s point of view. By thinking about how she sees and interacts with the world, you can make your home a safer place for her. Get down on the ﬂoor and crawl around or look down inside her crib. Ask yourself questions, like: ** “Is there anything that she could reach that might be harmful to her?” **
Don’t be embarrassed to crawl around! By looking at your home from your baby’s point of view, you are helping to keep her safe.
Did you know?
It’s never safe to prop a bottle in a baby’s mouth. Propping a bottle is a choking hazard and can also lead to ear infections.
Even though it may seem like an easy way to get a few moments, until he can hold a bottle on his own, always hold his bottle during feedings.
** On-the-go with baby: Car seat safety tips **
A car seat is the only way to safely transport a baby in a vehicle. All children under 2 years should ride in rear-facing car seats in the back seat. Some general car seat safety guidelines:
The best one isn’t always the most expensive. The best car seat is the one you can use correctly every time, and that ﬁts your child’s weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle. Use correctly every time. How long or short the trip is doesn’t matter. Safety ﬁrst! Read and follow the instructions. Be sure to try it out yourself. It’s up to you to learn how to buckle your baby in the right way. “Hand-me-down” car seats can be unsafe. Older car seats might not be up to safety standards or could have broken parts. It’s best not to use extra, add-on products. Use only the products that come with your car seat. Extra products are often sold separately to add onto car seats. They may not ﬁt correctly and can make it unsafe for your baby.
Q & A
Q: I know it’s best to put my baby to sleep on her back, but what else can I do to reduce the risk of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
A: SIDS is a serious concern for a lot of parents. It’s not a disease or illness. It’s when a baby who seems healthy dies in her sleep.
You are doing the right thing by putting your baby to sleep on her back. Babies under 1 should always be put to sleep on their backs. Other things you can do to prevent the risk of SIDS… Place your baby to sleep on a ﬁrm mattress or sleep area. Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could cover your baby’s face or wrap around her neck out of the crib. Use a ﬁtted sheet. If your baby falls asleep in her car seat, stroller, or swing, move her to a ﬁrm sleep surface as soon as possible.