General Infant Safety

Our smallest family members are also our most vulnerable to accidents in the home. Because of their lack of knowledge and experience, and their natural inquisitiveness, kids want to explore everything – even things that are dangerous. By taking a few simple steps, we can greatly reduce the dangers they face. When babies are first born, they’re totally helpless. You’ll need to take extra precautions with infants, and while some of these safety tips may seem obvious to you, there are others that may not be so obvious. All furniture should be solid or non-wobbly, as things like end tables and coffee tables present a serious safety hazard if tipped over. Babies are always climbing, and a table leg that’s a bit shorter than the others can allow them to pull the entire table over. Also, nothing a baby can choke on should ever be left on the floor at any time – in fact, nothing a baby can fit in its mouth should ever be on the floor. Not only does this prevent choking, but also helps prevent disease from bacteria and microbes. An infant also should never be left on the floor of a room unattended. Any time you need to leave a room, they should go with you, or be placed in a crib or other piece of baby furniture so they can’t injure themselves while you’re gone. Padding should be placed over any sharp edges on furniture as another precaution, as sharp corners are a serious safety hazard for young children. Another inexpensive item that is strongly suggested is a child gate guard. These are expandable dividers that fit into doorways and lock into place, preventing the baby from leaving the room without you knowing it. These guards are very handy, don’t cost much, and they can really play a big part in keeping your baby safe.