The following paragraphs are not meant as an all-inclusive discussion
of baby/child safety but will serve as an introduction.
You want to do everything possible to assure a safe environment
for your baby. Beginning with the first car trip home from the hospital,
you should always use an infant car set whenever you take the baby for
rides. A baby can be seriously injured in a sudden stop if held in a
passengerís arms rather than safely secured in an infant car seat.
There are many ways to assure your babyís safety at home. For
example, never leave the baby alone on a table or other high place, even
in an infant seat.
Babies are attracted to colorful and shiny objects. Keep small
objects like buttons and pins away from the babyís reach so the she is
not tempted to pick them up and swallow them. Also, remember that older
siblings toys may contain parts that are not choke-proof.
Keep all medications and chemicals used in the house out of the
reach of crawling and walking children.
Electrical outlets should be covered with protective plastic
inserts and cords should be hidden as much as possible to prevent
Other things to keep in mind are window safety, unstable
furniture, houseplants that may be poisonous if eaten, ashtrays, stair
safety, radiators, heaters, stoves, fireplaces, and scatter rugs, which
may cause a toddler to fall. Baby walkers and "bouncy swings" should
also be avoided because they are associated with a high incidence of
accidents. Baby gate are helpful in keeping babies from falling down the