It's a simple fact: children fall. But there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent falls in your home.

  • Keep your stairways free of clutter.
  • Make sure your child cannot open any window. If you do raise your windows, make sure they do not go any farther than 12 inches. Always keep screens in place.
  • If you have hardwood floors, use nonskid rugs and floor mats. If your baby is learning to walk, put nonskid socks on her feet.
  • Put gates or other secure mesh around open railings.
  • Put gates at the top and bottom of all stairways, including deck stairs.
  • Never let your baby use a walker. It poses safety hazards.
  • Do not let your child climb on chairs, tables, furniture, bookcases or cupboards.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016