Reinforce your baby's association skills by saying the name of an object as you roll, squeak or bounce it. Her ability to associate objects with particular words begins around seven months of age, according to researchers at Florida International University in Miami.
Be extremely wary of whirlpools, hot tubs and spas around your baby. The biggest threat these bodies of water pose, of course, is drowning, but body parts also can become entrapped and hair entangled in drains. Drains draw water, which creates suction. If something blocks the drain, the amount of suction is increased as the pump draws water past the obstruction. To reduce the risk of entrapment and drowning, current safety standards require that spas have two outlets for each pump, reducing the amount of suction at any single outlet.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests the following when using a hot tub, spa or whirlpool:
- Always lock a safety cover over a spa when not in use.
- Make sure the spa has dual drains and drain covers required by current safety standards.
- Have a professional check your spa on a routine basis to make sure it is in safe working condition.
- Check drain covers periodically.
- Know where the cut-off switch for the spa's pump is so you can turn it off in an emergency.
- Set the water temperature at 104 degrees Fahrenheit or below.