Tips to help keep your baby safe throughout your home

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WATCH YOUR BABY GROW
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W
atch your baby grow.
Keep this growth chart by
your changing table, crib or
rocking chair. Use it often
by marking and dating the
measurements and reviewing
the important safety tips.
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Baby
Safety
Checklist
Bedroom
 Place your baby to
sleep on his or her
back on a firm, tightfitting mattress that
fits well in a crib that
meets current safety
standards.
 Placing babies to sleep
on pillows or folded
quilts can result in
death by suffocation.
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 Do not place pillows or
thick quilts anywhere
in a baby’s sleep
environment due to the
risk of suffocation.
 Do not use any crib
with missing, broken, or
loose parts. Make sure
to tighten hardware
from time to time to
keep the crib sturdy.
 Never place baby’s crib
near window blinds
and curtain cords due
to risk of strangulation.
Bathroom
 Never, ever leave your
child alone in a bathtub
or near water even for
a moment. Remember:
bath seats or rings or
other bathing aids are
not safety devices.
 Keep medicines and
cleaning products with
child resistant lids
locked and out of reach
of children.
Kitchen
 Do not leave baby
alone in a high chair
and always use all safety
straps.
knives, and cleaning
products with child
resistant lids, locked and
out of reach of children.
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 Keep matches, lighters,
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Around
the house
 Use safety gates to
block stairways and
other dangerous areas.
Avoid older gates that
can collapse and entrap
babies.
 Keep all small objects,
especially round
objects such as balls
and marbles, away from
children. Keep older
sibling’s toys out of
reach of children under
3 years of age, especially
magnets and balloons.
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 To avoid falls, secure
windows with window
guards.
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 Secure furniture to
avoid tip-overs.
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 Install smoke and
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carbon monoxide
alarms. Change
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The Reasons Behind the
Baby
Safety
Checklist
Bedroom
 Always put your baby to sleep on
his or her back because tummy
sleeping increases the risk of Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and
suffocation.
 Never allow a gap larger than
two fingers between the mattress
and sides of the crib to prevent
entrapment.
 Cribs that are assembled wrong, have
missing, loose or broken hardware or
broken slats can result in entrapment
or suffocation deaths. Infants can
strangle when their head and neck
become entrapped in gaps created by
missing, loose or broken hardware or
broken slats.
 Placing babies to sleep on pillows
can result in death by suffocation.
 Children have strangled on inner
and outer cords on blinds and
window treatments. Keep cribs away
from windows and cords of any type.
Bathroom
 Never, ever, leave your child alone or
under the supervision of a sibling in
bathtub or near any water. Children
can drown in only a few inches of
water in seconds.
 Keep medicines and cleaning
products with child resistant lids
locked. Child resistant is not “child
proof.”
Kitchen
 Do not leave baby alone in a high
chair and always use all safety straps.
This will prevent injuries and deaths
from the baby climbing out or from
falling through leg openings.
 Keep matches, lighters, and knives,
and cleaning products with child
resistant lids, locked and out of reach
of children to reduce risk of fire,
poisoning, and other injuries.
 Do not place your baby in any child
or infant seat, including car seat
carriers, infant carriers, bouncers,
vibrating seats, or unsecured booster
type chairs, on a countertop, table
or any elevated surface. The baby’s
movements can cause the seat to fall,
resulting in head or other injuries.
Around the house
 Keep small objects, especially
spherical toys such as marbles and
objects with rounded ends away
from children. These objects present
a very high risk of choking.
 Keep toys with magnets away from
young children. If two or more
magnets are swallowed they can
attract through intestinal walls
and can cause holes, blockage, and
infection which can result in death.
 If swallowed, un-inflated balloons
and balloon pieces can lead to death
by clinging to the airways.
 Children have died when furniture
tipped over on them. Secure
furniture with anchors to the wall or
floor.
 Install smoke alarms on each level of
your home, outside sleeping areas,
and inside each bedroom. Install
carbon monoxide alarms outside
sleeping areas.
Publication 206
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CPSC Hotline 800-638-2772
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