Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part I)

If you have a baby in your home, you need to be sure he or she stays safe. Children don’t realize the danger. And as they grow, babies’ curious grows. Because of these things, you might need to change some things in your home to be sure she or he doesn’t get hurt.

Go into every room in your home and look for hazards to your infant. Here’s a list of some things that might require your attention.

Bedroom

Remove any cords that could get around your infant’s neck. Tie up drape cords, electric cords, or curtain cords so they are no more than six inches long and out of your child’s reach. Hanging and mobile crib toys must also be kept out of your infant’s reach. Remove strings on pacifiers and crib toys.

The crib is the chief piece of furniture in the bedroom. Select a crib with bars not over 2 3/8 inches apart. If the space between the bars is too big, your baby might slip through and strangle between the bars. Use a ruler to measure the width of the space between the bars. Put a cloth between the bars if they are too wide.

Make sure your baby stays safe when they’re sleeping in their crib.

When setting up the crib, put it away from anything with cords.

The crib must not have corner posts that stick up. Corner posts are a part of the crib that can catch onto items that might wrap around a child’s neck or catch onto the child’s clothing. Take off the corner posts.

The mattress has to fit snugly against the crib’s sides. A baby can suffocate if its body or head gets wedged between the mattress and the sides of the crib. No more than two fingers must fit between the mattress and the crib sides. Put towels in the space if the space is too big.