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Alison Rhodes, "The Safety Mom"

National Child Safety Expert, Alison Rhodes, “The Safety Mom,” is one of the country's leading child safety authorities, providing tips and advice to parents on a broad range of issues facing all children - newborns to teens.
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Baby-Proofing Your Home

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  • Dump out any buckets containing water and remove or block access to any other standing water such as toilets and fish tanks. Infants can drown in as little as two inches of water, and according to the CPSC, fifty young children drown every year in buckets containing water used for mopping floors and other household chores. Install a banister guard or safety net to a balcony or railing that is not child-safe.

  • Make sure that all your baby equipment and toys meet current safety standards. Visit the CPSC Website for updates on product safety.

  • Stock your house with first aid supplies. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends you include for your baby.

  • Install smoke detectors in the hallway near every bedroom and one near the kitchen. Check them monthly to be sure they're working properly and change the batteries every six months. A working smoke detector cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half.

  • Install window guards, which will prevent low windows from opening more than six inches.

  • Have your home checked for lead and asbestos.

  • Test your water. Depending on the results, consider installing a purifier or talk to your doctor about sterilizing your baby's bottles and pacifiers.

In the Nursery: Position the crib away from curtains and window blind cords, and make sure the space between the bars of the crib rail are no greater than 2-3/8 inches (this is especially important if you are using an older or borrowed crib). The crib rails should be at their highest position and the mattress should fit the crib frame securely and should be positioned at the lowest level to keep your baby from crawling out. Remove the bumper pad when your baby is six months old and remove any mobiles once he or she is old enough to grab them. Do not allow extra blankets, pillows, or large plush toys in the crib while your baby is sleeping. Keep all diaper changing essentials and medicines out of your baby's reach.

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