Please take a few moments to review the following safety tips.
Understanding what you can do for your baby's physical safety now
can help prevent an accident later.
Plan ahead for your baby's safety. Most accidents happen during
times of stress, fatigue or upset in the family routine. When you
are tired and rushed, you may more easily overlook dangerous
The following are safety reminders to consider.
Share the following tips with anyone who will be caring for your
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission
provides safety alerts and guidelines on cribs, walkers, pacifiers
and toys. For information, call 1-800-638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov.
A safe mesh-sided playpen can be a safe place for your baby to
play. It is important to follow safety guidelines or else your baby
can become trapped in the folded-down sides, or trapped in holes in
Back carriers are a convenient way to bring your baby while you
shop, go for a walk, or do work around the house. Framed back
carriers are made only for babies older than 4 or 5 months. When
looking for a new back carrier, make sure:
If you choose to use a pacifier, follow these guidelines.
Baby walkers are dangerous. They can tip over, roll down stairs
or put your baby in unsafe situations (such as near a stove or
fireplace). Baby walkers can also slow your baby's walking
If you decide to use a baby walker, follow these safety
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