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Baby Safety Checklist
Never shake a baby. This could result in serious physical/mental damage or even death.
Never put babies to sleep on an adult bed or waterbed. Babies should sleep on their sides, on a firm mattress (in a crib, playpen or bassinet) with no pillows or soft bedding underneath them.
Be sure the baby's crib is sturdy with no loose screws or hardware. This will prevent the baby from slipping into a crack and strangling or suffocating, or falling out of the crib and getting hurt.
Never put the baby's crib or bed near a window with curtains or mini-blinds. The cords are strangling hazards and babies may crawl out of the crib and fall from the window.
Keep medicines and cleaning products in containers with safety caps and locked away from children's reach. This will help prevent poisoning.
Check bath water temperatures with a wrist or elbow before putting child in tub to prevent burns to the baby's delicate skin. Using your hand to test water is not an accurate method.
Never, ever leave a child alone in a bathtub or near any water. Toilet or even buckets of water can sometimes be dangerous areas for small children. This will help prevent drowning deaths.
When using the stove, use only the back burners and keep pot handles turned away from the front to prevent burn injuries to small children. Also, keep children away from tablecloths so they do not pull hot foods or liquids down on themselves.
Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Change batteries every year. This will help prevent injuries or even death from fire or smoke.
Use safety gates to block stairways and safety plugs to cover electrical outlets. This will help prevent injuries from falls and electric shock.
Keep all small objects (Lego blocks, balloons, marbles, etc.) away from young children. Children explore by 'tasting'. This will prevent choking and possible death.
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