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September 18, 2019

Top Ten Tips for Keeping Baby Safe at Home

Top Ten Tips for Keeping Baby Safe at Home

September is Baby Safety Month which serves as a reminder to consumers to purchase safe products for babies and use those products as instructed. It’s not just parents who need to be concerned with baby’s safety; it actually takes a village to keep children safe from harm. It’s easy for grandparents, parents of older children and aunts, uncles, and friends to make mistakes and forget about the common concerns you should be aware of around the house, especially when baby learns to walk!


Westmed’s Pediatric Department Chair, Dr. Sara Kenamore, shares her top 10 tips on baby safety around the house that everyone should  know –whether you’re visiting your best friend, or watching your sister’s child for an hour, keep these things in mind:


        • Keep the toilet lid down. People always associate swimming pools with drowning, but infants and toddlers are top heavy and can easily fall and drown in as little water as what you find in a toilet.


        • Turn pot handles in on the stove so baby can’t reach them and pull the hot pot down on themselves.


        • Buckle baby in correctly. Every car seat is different, if you are driving baby anywhere without their guardian, ask for a quick tutorial on buckling baby safely in to their car seat. For example the chest buckle on the standard five point harness is ideally placed at arm pit level for safety and comfort.


        • Don’t drink hot beverages while holding baby. The quickest way to give a new mom a heart attack is to drink a hot coffee while you’re holding their baby. Try to remember to take a sip after you hand baby back to their mom/dad.


        • Place knives and glasses out of reach. The back of the kitchen counter, the sink or the drawer are ideal places for sharp and breakable kitchen items.


        • Close those baby gates! They are there for a reason and you never know when a young toddler can get away. Injuries can happen in seconds. The same advice goes for doors that are usually closed and/or locked.


        • Pick up small things from the floor. Crawlers tend to put everything in their mouths. Help their parents out and keep your purse closed and pick any small items up if you see them.


        • Be sure to put all medications away and out of reach of children. Babies can get into anything. Even a single adult dose of many medications can be extremely dangerous to a baby. Keep all medications in their proper containers and out of reach of children


        • If you bring a gift for baby, be sure it is age appropriate. Most toys have age guidelines on them which are very helpful when making gift decisions.


        • Be sure all blind cords are wrapped. If you happen to open a window, be sure to lift or wrap the cord that hangs down from the window blind, so that it is out of reach from baby.