September is National Baby Safety Month
So there's a new baby in the house! No doubt you already child proofed your house prior to baby's arrival, but September is a good time to look around and go over your safety plan for children.
- Make sure your car seat, stroller and baby carrying apparatus are appropriate for the baby's age: babies don't have neck control until about six months so you need to protect them.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees F and keep baby's bathwater around 100 degrees F. Never leave a baby in a tub unattended.
- Anchor bookshelves and any other unstable furniture that a curious child might want to climb. Thousands of children are injured every year by heavy furniture.
- Keep cribs, beds and chairs away from windows and window coverings.
- Keep chemicals, cleaning products and solvents stored properly and out of reach
- Check the references of baby sitters and caregivers carefully
- Never leave a baby in a high chair unattended.
- Take a CPR class so that you know what to do in an emergency
- Crawl around your house on your hands and knees to check for any potential hazards you may have missed
- Never leave animals and infants unsupervised together.
Thank you Alina for use of image of Newborn baby.
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