Birth to 1 Year

For All Ages:

• Keep home smoke free

• Learn CPR & First Aid

• Install smoke alarms on every floor

• Test alarms monthly and replace batteries

• Keep water heater temperature below 120 degrees fahrenheit

• Don’t hold a child when carrying hot foods or liquids

• Obey water safety signs

• Teach children how to swim and when to call 911

Developmental Stages & Accomplishments

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

Suffocation & Choking

  • Back to Sleep & Tummy to Play
  • No pillows, toys or soft bedding in sleep area.
  • Playpen and crib should meet safety standards, (slats 2-3/8” wide) even if they are used ones.
  • NO balloons, plastic bags, curtain cords or small objects near baby.
  • No small foods or pebbles given to baby. No grapes, hot dogs, popcorn, nuts, hard candy, soft bread, gelatin or peanut butter.
  • Always buckle baby when in a bouncy seat, swing or high chair.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

  • Always handle baby gently.
  • NO shaking or rough play.
  • Handle frustration – if baby cries too much, put baby in a safe place like a crib, for a few minutes and take a break.


  • Never leave baby alone near any water – including bathtub, bucket, swimming pool or ocean.
  • Keep toilet lids shut; use toilet locks.
  • Install 4 ft. fencing around swimming pools or hot tub with self-latching gates.


  • NEVER leave baby alone on a counter top, changing table or any raised surface.
  • Put baby in safe place, like a crib, if you are busy.
  • Always be able to see baby.
  • Put safety gates on stairs, lock doors to lanais, close doors to outside.
  • Install window guards that adults can open.

Car Injuries

  • Always put baby in child passenger safety seat, in back of car, facing backwards.
  • Never place baby in front of airbag.


  • Never carry hot fluids or food when holding baby.
  • Cover electrical outlets; keep cords out of reach.
  • Protect baby from direct sunlight.
  • Never smoke in the home or around baby.


  • Put all medicines, household cleaners, paints, insecticides and chemicals in a storage bin up high, out of sight and out of reach.
  • Keep insecticides in original containers.