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CAR SEATS:

Your baby should always ride in a properly-installed car seat. The safest place for babies up to 20 pounds and 1 year old is a rear-facing infant car seat in the middle back seat of a car. Never place a rear-facing seat on the passenger side of the front seat where there is an airbag!  Remember that you and everyone else in the family should also wear their seatbelts when riding in a car—you are a team, and you need to protect all the members of the team!

FALLS:

Never leave your baby alone on any surface above floor level. Even at this age, babies can move their legs or kick enough to flip over or fall off.

FIRES/BURNS:

Be sure there are functioning fire alarms in your home, and check the batteries periodically.  Make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher and an escape plan in your head for how to get everyone out if there were a fire.  Never hold your baby while drinking or carrying hot liquids or while cooking by a hot stove or oven.  Always protect your baby from the sun with loose-fitting layers of clothing, hats with brims and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher if he will be in the direct sunlight.  Try to avoid direct sunlight for babies less than 6 months, and try to keep baby out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the rays are strongest.

BATHS:

Be sure your hot water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and always test the water temperature before placing your baby in the water. If you bathe your baby in a sink or baby tub, let her sit on a washcloth to prevent slipping, and hold her under the arms.  Never leave baby unattended even for a short time in or near water.

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome):

Although the cause of SIDS is not completely understood at this time, there are several things parents can do to decrease the risk of SIDS.  Studies have shown that the safest way for your baby to sleep is on her back. Playing on her tummy is fine, but if she falls asleep, flip her over to her back. Also do not put your baby to sleep on any very soft surface that might cover the face and block the nose and mouth, such as a beanbag or waterbed. Sleeping surfaces for babies should be firm, and there should be no loose blankets or stuffed animals in the bed.  It is also very important for this reason and for many others to keep your baby away from tobacco smoke. These steps will decrease your baby’s chance of SIDS.

CHOKING/SUFFOCATION PREVENTION:

From the very beginning, it is important to keep all small objects that your baby could choke on out of her crib and off the floor, including safety pins, small toy parts, coins, etc.  Never leave plastic bags or wrappings or papers where your baby might reach them.  If you use baby powder, be sure to shake it on your hand away from your baby’s face first, then apply it, so that your baby does not inhale it.  Keep your baby away from cords or strings that she might get caught in, including drapery and blind cords. Make sure that anything suspended from the crib is securely fastened and not a risk for your baby.