September is baby safety month! We love our little ones, and want nothing more than to keep them safe from the dangers of items in the home and outside. Here is a compiled list of easy baby safety tips that are useful for our parents with littles ones, and those expecting!
- Install quality safety latches on drawers and cabinets that are within a child's reach.
- Prevent access to pet bowls of food and water. A child could drown in the water or choke on the food.
- Avoid placing a crib near windows. If a crib is near a window, make sure that drapery and mini-blind cords are OUT OF REACH to prevent strangulation.
- Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table. Children learn quickly how to roll over and can fall off the moment you turn away looking for a diaper.
- Lay your baby on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Install a lid lock on all toilets. Toddlers can drown in just a few inches of water. In addition, lid locks will prevent children from flushing valuables down the toilet.
- Put wastebaskets under the sink and latch the cabinet door.
- Keep all cleaning products and hazardous materials up high or securely latched in a cabinet.
- If a child gets into liquid laundry packets, call the Poison Help number immediately: 1-800-222-1222.
- Install a fence around the pool. The fence should completely surround the pool, be at least four feet tall, and have self-latching, self-closing gates.
- If you're using a chain link fence, ensure the openings are 1 x 1-inch so children cannot use the openings to climb up and get access to the pool.