You cannot completely baby-proof a house. Accidents can and do happen. But there is much you can do to safeguard your baby's environment and make it baby-safe. Keep these points in mind: •Crib slats should be no farther apart than 2-3/8 inches (6cm). •Be sure the mattress fits the crib securely. •Keep the crib away from windows, wall decorations, heating units, climbable furniture, blind and drapery cords and other possible dangers.
Never use a pillow in the crib.
Keep the dropside up and locked when baby is in the crib.
Keep mobiles and other crib toys out of baby's reach. You may have to remove them as baby grows older.
Never hang a pacifier or anything else around your baby's neck.
Never leave baby unattended on a sofa, chair, changing table or any other surface above the floor.
Never put your baby in an infant seat on the counter or a table.
Use safety straps with all baby equipment.
Never leave a baby unattended in any water. A baby can drown in 1 inch of water.
Never hold your baby while you're cooking or while drinking a hot beverage of any kind.
If you warm formula or baby food in the microwave, it can heat unevenly, causing hot spots. Be sure to shake the bottle or stir the food well before serving.
Don't hang anything on stroller handles, such as a purse or bag. The extra weight could tip over the stroller.