Birth to 1 Year
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.
- 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.