30 Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe and Sound

Compiled in cooperation with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the following points are what every parent and caregiver should know to ensure the safety of the baby.

 Begin with the following:

  • When childproofing your home, it's a good idea to get down on your hands and knees and look around your home from your baby's perspective.
  • Always pull drape or blind cords and decorative wall hangings with strings out of baby's reach.
  • Keep up to date with recall notices.

Bathing

  • Collect all bathing materials before bringing your baby into the bathroom for his bath.
  • Place the bath seat in the tub so your baby cannot reach the faucet or spout.
  • If your bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, discontinue use.

Bedding

  • For your baby, choose a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib.
  • Mobiles should be removed when your baby can pull herself up.
  • Never place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under your baby.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys and other pillow-like products from the crib.
  • For newborns, consider swaddling.

Carriages and Strollers

  • Choose a stroller or carriage that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • Always secure your baby by using the stroller seat belt.
  • Don't hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles of your stroller which can cause the stroller to tip over.
  • Apply the stroller brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when the stroller is stationary.
  • When you fold or unfold your baby's stroller, keep your baby's hands away from areas that could pinch tiny fingers.

Carriers

  • In a soft carrier, your baby should fit snugly in the carrier with the head supported and weight evenly distributed.
  • A carrier should only be used when you are walking with the baby, not as a transport in a car or bicycle.
  • Check your baby's soft carrier periodically for sharp edges, ripped seams and missing or loose snaps.

Car Seats

  • Never use a car seat in a seating location with an airbag.
  • Always check that the car seat is securely installed.
  • Do not use a car seat that is more than six years old.
  • Do not use a car seat that has ever been involved in a crash.
  • Never buy a used car seat.

High Chairs

  • Safe high chairs have a waist strap and a crotch strap.
  • Never depend on the feeding tray to restrain or protect your baby. Instead, secure your baby with safety straps.
  • Keep your baby's high chair far enough from the table, counter or wall so your baby can't push off from it.
  • Never allow your baby to stand up on a high chair because it could topple over.
  • Check all parts of your high chair for hazards such as sharp edges or protrusions.
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