Electrical cords: Cords invite pulling and tripping. Secure the cords
along the base of the wall with clips or tape.
Electrical outlets: Cover outlets with plastic plug inserts available at
the grocery or hardware store.
Blind cords: Mini blinds and drapes often have long cords. Tie these up,
out of your baby’s reach.
Lead paint: Wooden trim in older buildings is sometimes covered with
paint that contains lead. This long-acting poison can hurt your child.
Lightweight furniture: Before long, your baby will be pulling himself
up to stand. Almost all children use furniture to hold on to as they stand.
Top-heavy furniture, like a TV stand, could topple over onto your baby.
Rearrange furniture now, and you won’t have to worry later.
When your baby does begin to reach for something he shouldn’t, telling
him “no” in a warm but firm voice will help him learn what’s not okay to
touch. It will take many “nos” before your baby will avoid reaching for
something he shouldn’t. You must say “no” and continue to watch your
baby carefully. Babies this age are too young to trust to do the safe thing.
Anger isn’t helpful and may only scare him.
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