IS YOUR HOME SAFE? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK
A baby brings a lot of joy, as well as a lot of concerns about their safety. Making sure that every room in the house is baby-safe will provide peace of mind. Be sure that your child’s crib meets current safety standards and always keep one hand on your child at the changing table. In the kitchen, keep sharp objects and hot liquids out of baby’s reach. Never leave baby alone in the bathtub. These and other helpful tips can be found in our home safety checklist.
BABYSITTER CHECKLIST & Emergency Consent Form
Ready to place your baby in the care of a sitter? Give yourself peace of mind by providing the sitter with a list of important information about your child’s health, including medications they may be taking and any allergies they may have. It’s also a great idea to have a medical consent form signed by you. In case of emergency, the babysitter can hand the form to the medical care team so that treatment for your child can begin right away. Be sure to have the babysitter checklist filled out and place it on the refrigerator or somewhere it can easily be seen. Let your babysitter know about the medical consent form, and keep it in the same spot as the checklist.
SAFE SLEEP FOR INFANTS
Who would have thought baby sleep time could pose so much danger, but it’s true. Sadly, too many babies are put in harm’s way each year due to unsafe sleep environments. This is the leading cause of preventable death in infants under the age of one. What can you do to reduce that risk?
- Always place babies to sleep on their backs - every time they sleep - even for naps.
- Do not allow smoking near a baby.
- Place babies to sleep in a crib, bassinet or other safety-approved product. Adult beds and couches are not safe for babies to sleep on.
- Use a firm crib mattress. Do not add pillows, blankets or bumpers to the crib.
Window falls are predictable...and preventable
We can help you prevent child window falls and explain what kind of window stop, lock or guard is needed for your particular windows.
- Keep play away from windows.
- Only allow windows to open 4 inches, and install window stops and/or window guards that can be removed by an adult in an emergency.
- Lock windows when not in use.
- Open windows from the top and use a window stop for the bottom.
- Prevent climbing. Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Actively watch children near windows.
Print these worksheets and take them with you as you check your windows and select window stops and guards.
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