Choose a crib with bars no farther apart than 2 and 3/8 inch (6 cm.) If the space between the bars is too wide, your baby could slip through and strangle.
Use ruler to check the width of space between bars. Wrap a cloth between the bars if they are too far apart.
The crib should not have corner posts that stick out of the crib. Unscrew the corner.
The mattress should fit snugly against the sides of the crib.They should fit more than 2 fingers between the mattress and crib side. Place rolled towels between the mattress and the crib if the mattress is too small.
When your baby can push, remove bumpers, pillows and crib toys. Your baby can step on these things to climb out of the crib and fall.
What else I can do to keep the bedroom safe?
Remove any cords that could wrap around your baby's neck. Keep the crib away from electric cords, curtains and drapery cords, or tie the cords so they are less than 6 inches long (15 cm.)Keep them beyond the reach of your child. Mobiles and toys that hang from the crib should be kept well out of reach.Remove strings on crib toys and pacifiers.
How I can make the kitchen safe?
Turn the pot handles toward the back of the stove. Use the burners on the back of the stove for cooking.
Keep food and hot drinks out of reach, far from the edge of a counter or table. Keep knives and other sharp objects out of reach or in drawers or cabinets locked or "childproof." Wrap the cords of electrical appliances and keep them out of reach.
How I can keep medicines and poisons out of reach?
Keep medicines, vitamins, cleaning products and other poisons in locked cabinets. Children can not know what is difference between medicine and candy.
If your child has swallowed something, call a poison control center immediately. Keep that phone number near your telephone. Syrup of ipecac can be used to make the child vomit the poison, but should only be used if the poison control center recommends it.
How I can make bath time safe?
Because children can drown in very little water, you should always stay with your child when he or she is in the tub. NEVER leave your child alone or with an older child in the bathroom or tub, even for a minute. If you have to answer the phone or doorbell, take your child with you.
Always test the water with your hand before putting your child in the tub. Young children have soft skin and burn easily if the water in the sink or bathtub is too hot.
Set your water heater to 120 º F (49 º C) or less. To check the temperature of the hot water from the faucet, the water flow about a thermometer meat or candy for 3 minutes.
Keep electrical appliances like hair dryers away from water and unplugged when you are not using them. They can cause an electric shock if they fall into the sink or bathtub while plugged.
How I can be sure toys are safe?
Parts of toys for children under 3 years of age should not be smaller than 1 and 1/4 inch (3.13 cm) in diameter and 2 and 1/4 inch (5.63 cm.) Long . Any part smaller than this can cause your child to choke.
Check the label to make sure a toy is safe for your child's age. Keep toys for older children away from babies and children toddlers.
What about the plants?
Plants should be placed beyond the reach of your child. Some plants are poisonous. Call your poison control center to find out if your plants are poisonous.
Are the stairs dangerous?
They can be. Use gates for children beginning to walk, in the top and the bottom of the stairs. Gates with big spaces between the slats should not be used because children can get trapped between these spaces.
What about the windows?
Keep children away from windows to prevent falls. Screens are made to keep bugs out, not to keep children inside. Use safety plugs windows to prevent children from falling. Keep chairs and other furniture away from windows so children can not climb. If possible, open windows above, not below.
Other safety tips
- Keep plastic bags and deflated or burst balloons away from young children.
- Use plastic to cover electric outlets are not using.
- Keep alcohol and cigarettes out of reach.
- Keep guns and other firearms out of the house. If guns are in the house, unload them, put them in a locked and keep keys out of reach of children.Store the gun in a separate place of bullets.
- When placing your baby on anything above the ground, like a changing table, always stand close with your hand on your baby.
- Lock matches and lighters in a cabinet that is higher than your shoulders.