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Safety Corner

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 04-11-2007

Here are some tips to make sure your baby is safe from harm or injury:

  • Never leave your baby alone in a high place, such as a tabletop, a
    couch or a bed.
  • Don’t leave her in a crib with the sides down. She can hurt herself if
    she falls.
  • Never drink, eat, prepare or carry hot things while holding your baby.
  • Don’t smoke around your baby. Don’t allow others to do so.
  • Never give your baby any food or anything that could make her
    choke. Only give her foods that have been mashed.
  • If you can, set the temperature of your hot water heater to 120
    degrees or less. This will protect your baby from burns.
  • Never shake or hit your baby.
  • Never leave your baby alone with any pet. Even friendly pets can
    harm a baby.

In the car…

  • Buckle your baby in a child seat in the back seat of your vehicle. The
    child seat should face the back of your car, not the front.
  • Babies should never ride in the front seat of a car.
  • Never hold your baby in your lap while you are driving.
  • Never leave your baby alone in a car. Don’t do it even if the windows
    are partly open.

In the crib…

  • Crib mattresses should fit the crib snugly. There should be no gaps
    between the mattress and the sides of the crib.
  • Do not cover the mattress with plastic bags of any kind.
  • The slats on the side of the crib should be 2 3/8 inches apart, or even

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