Child-proofing your home gives your baby some freedom and helps develop self-esteem by letting him or her discover, test and use new abilities without getting hurt. Making your home safe for your baby helps prevent accidents and allows your baby to learn and explore the world.
To protect your baby:
- Set up smoke detectors near bedrooms, kitchen and on each living level.
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees to prevent your baby from getting burned.
- Always test water temperature before placing your baby in a bath.
- Never leave your baby unattended when giving him or her a bath.
- Keep small objects that could cause choking out of the crib and away from your baby. In addition, cribs should never be placed near blinds that have cords.
- Remove pillows or quilted blankets from the crib until your baby is one year of age.
- Use safety latches on doors and cupboards.
- Use safety covers on all electrical outlets.
- Keep dangling wires out of your baby's reach.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke around your baby. Infants can easily be burned and should not breathe second-hand smoke, which leads to a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and asthma.
- Never eat, drink or carry anything hot when holding your baby.