Every parent wants to make sure their baby is always safe, but especially when the baby is out of view or sleeping in their bedroom. How do you know if your home is truly “babyproofed”? Every home is different, but this information from the American Academy of Pediatrics can help you ensure you are doing everything you can to keep your baby safe.
- Choose a sturdy, stable changing table with a 2-inch guardrail around all sides. Buckle the strap, but never leave your baby unattended. Keep diapering supplies within your reach, but out of your child’s reach.
- Don’t use baby or talcum powders. If inhaled, these can cause lung damage and breathing problems.
- Keep the crib free of small objects and make sure plastic bags or wrappings are out of the baby’s reach.
- Don’t use loose blankets to keep your baby warm, instead dress them in appropriate-weight sleepwear like a wearable blanket or sleep sack.
- Always have your baby sleep on their back, never on their stomach or on a soft blanket or pillow.
- Don’t let strings or cords dangle near the crib.
- Don’t attach pacifiers or other objects with a cord or string. Don’t use clothing with drawstrings.
- Only use cribs manufactured after June 2011 when current safety standards became effective.
- Inspect the crib weekly for damage to hardware, loose joints, missing parts, or sharp edges. Never substitute original parts with something from a hardware store, obtain replacement parts from the manufacturer.
- Do not use bumper pads, pillows, quilts, comforters, or stuffed animals in the crib.
- Don’t place the crib near a window and use cordless window coverings when possible.
- Keep night lights away from bedding or drapes.
- Install smoke detectors in every room, check them monthly, and change the batteries yearly.
- Install CO2 detectors on every floor.
- Use toy boxes or baskets without a lid. If it has a lid, make sure it has safe hinges that hold the door open and do not pinch. The toy box should have air holes.
If you have any questions about your child’s safety or need any help with your children’s health, contact The Pediatric Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho or Rigby, Idaho. We are here to answer all of your question regardless if they’re small or complex. Our Idaho Falls pediatricians and other staff members will equip you with all the information you need, when you need it. Simply call us at (208) 523-3060 to schedule an appointment today.
Some content provided by The American Academy of Pediatrics https://healthychildren.org/