15 Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe at Home
September is Baby Safety Month! Check out these 15 ways to keep your baby safe at home.
- Look for a Juvenile Product Manufacturer's Association label, which ensures that the crib was created with safety in mind. This includes making sure the slats are no more than two and three-eighths inches apart — you shouldn't be able to fit a soda can through them.
- Make sure the wood is smooth to prevent splinters.
- Avoid drop-side cribs. Since 2010, millions of drop-side cribs have been recalled and banned for incidents that led to injury and even death.
- Place the baby on her back to avoid suffocation.
- Remove stuffed animals and fluffy blankets or pillows that could easily cover your baby.
- Try footed pajamas to keep your baby warm as an alternative to blankets.
- Once your baby is about 35 inches tall or can climb the walls of the crib, it's time to consider transitioning to a bed. As they adjust to their new bed, use guardrails to prevent them from falling out and to make them feel safer.
- Secure furniture to the wall, covering unused outlets with plastic protectors.
- Make sure toy chest lids are spring-loaded to keep them from falling down unexpectedly.
- Use child safety locks generously, keeping them on cabinets that store dangerous chemicals and cleaners, knives, or appliances.
- If your baby is persistent, set aside one cabinet meant for them to rifle through and fill it with safe things such as Tupperware and wooden spoons.
- Use the back burners on the stove to prevent anything from falling onto the floor and near your baby.
- Always keep the toilet lid down and lock it, along with any drawers or cabinets that store dangerous things like nail clippers, curling irons, or medicine.
- Invest in non-slip mats to use both in and out of the shower to prevent slipping — you'll be just as likely to benefit as your baby!
- Place a rubber guard over the tub spout to protect your baby's head during bath time.
By following these tips and advice, your home is on its way to being a safe place for your baby to grow and learn. For more ways to keep your home safe for babies, check out Baby Safety Zone.