Birth to 1 Year

For All Ages:

• Keep home smoke free

• Learn CPR

• Install smoke alarms in all rooms and test every six months

• Keep water heater temperature below 120° F

• Always place hot foods and liquids in a safe place, out of reach of children

• Follow water safety signs and swim where lifeguards are present

• Teach children how to swim

Developmental Stages & Accomplishments

• Babies move more as they grow
• They explore by putting things in their mouths
• Rolling over and crawling begins

  • Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, including naps.
  • Place baby to sleep on a firm surface such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, bassinet and play yard covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Keep soft objects (like pillows, blankets and sheepskins), toys, crib bumpers and loose bedding out of baby’s sleep area.
  • Dress baby in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper. Make sure nothing covers baby’s head.
  • Place baby to sleep in his/her crib alone, next to where parents sleep, NOT on an adult bed, a couch or on a chair with you, or with anyone else.
  • Make your home a smoke-free zone! Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around baby.
  • Handle baby gently-Never Shake a baby.
  • Avoid rough play and throwing baby in the air.
  • Know ways to comfort your baby (carry, walk, talk, sing, feed).
  • Know coping strategies when dealing with a crying baby. It’s ok to put baby in a safe place and walk away and calm down. Return to baby in a few minutes to comfort.
  • Actively supervise children in and around water. Never leave your child unattended around water.
  • Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
  • Keep toilet lids closed and doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed to prevent drowning.
  • Make sure home pools have four-sided fencing that is at least four feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised.
  • Remember to strap baby when using car seats, high chairs, swings and strollers.
  • Place baby carrier on the floor, not on top of tables or furniture.
  • Use approved safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Place your baby’s crib and other furniture away from windows and blinds.
  • Install window guards to prevent window falls.
  • Baby walkers can be dangerous. Try using a stationary activity center instead.
  • Always use an approved car seat when traveling in a vehicle.
  • Keep baby rear-facing and in the back seat when traveling in a vehicle.
  • Never leave baby alone in, or around a vehicle.
  • Install working smoke alarms in all rooms and check every six months. Replace as needed.
  • Set your water heater to 120° F and check the water with your wrist before giving baby a bath.
  • Heat bottles in warm water and check temperature before feeding. Avoid using microwaves to warm baby food and milk.
  • Install safety gates around the stove and oven.
  • Place baby in a safe area (play yard) when cooking. Do not hold baby when carrying something hot or when cooking.
  • Store all medicine up and away and out of reach.
  • Store dangerous products out of reach and use safety locks on cabinets.
  • Program the Poison Center number (800-222-1222) on your phone contacts
  • Keep play and sleep areas free of peeling paint.
  • Store guns out of the home, or keep unloaded and locked in a place separate from ammunition
  • Teach child never to touch a gun, tell an adult if you see one
  • Talk to family and friends about safe gun storage