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Baby's Safety Two to Six Months

Your baby is growing. From two to six months, baby begins moving more, pushing, pulling, rolling over, getting caught in things nearby or falling off high places. Baby is also putting hands and things in mouth. It is time to begin child-proofing your home. Here are tips to help ensure baby’s safety from two to six months.

Preventing Baby From Falling

  • Lower crib mattress to keep baby from falling out over sides and keep crib free of stuffed animals, toys, and blankets to maintain an infant safe sleep environment and so baby will not stand on them to get higher.
  • To avoid head and neck injuries, support baby when sitting up.
  • Always keep one hand on baby when the baby is on high places (changing tables, beds, sofas).
  • When using carrier in shopping carts, the carrier should be secured in the basket part of the cart.
  • Be sure a child is seated and watched carefully if allowed to hold baby.
  • If you use a swing, be sure it is stable and baby is belted in so as not to fall.

Vehicle Safety

  • Continue using rear-facing safety seat properly secured in back seat of car – never in front seat.
  • Never leave baby alone in a car.
  • While baby is in car, do not prop a bottle and keep small objects, cords, and plastic bags out of reach.
  • Keep siblings from giving baby their toys.

Keeping Baby Safe Around Water

  • Test bath water on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot for baby.
  • Do not leave baby alone or with siblings in tub or bathing area, even when baby is able to sit.
  • Remember, babies can drown in less than an inch of water in a few seconds.
  • Keep pails, cups and other containers with liquid away from baby.
  • Do not give baby water-filled plastic bags, gloves or balloons.

Keeping Environment Safe For Baby

  • Check smoke alarm every month.
  • Make a plan for family to escape home in case of smoke or fire.
  • If baby is burned with hot solid or liquid, apply cool water and call doctor.
  • If baby falls or head is bumped, observe if baby passes out, vomits or acts different. If so, call doctor or take to emergency room.
  • Never shake a baby because the brain can be injured.
  • Baby proof home with outlet plugs, door locks.
  • Call Oklahoma Poison Center at (800) 222-1222 or bring baby to emergency room if baby swallows poisonous materials, and tell what poison is suspected.
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