Injury prevention: six months to 1 year
Childproof your home!
Your child will start to crawl/walk/grab/put things into his/her mouth.
- Use gates on stairways and doors.
- Mount any large shelves and dressers to wall.
- Children can suffer serious head injuries falling from shopping carts, tables and chairs.
- Make sure blinds do not have long strings that a baby could wrap around his/her neck.
- Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 to your child while in the sun and be sure to reapply frequently. Have your child wear hats, clothing, and sunglasses. Avoid the sun, when possible, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and drink plenty of water.
- To prevent choking, children under the age of four should avoid eating grapes, raw carrots, hard candy, hot dogs, spoonfuls of peanut butter or other small, hard pieces of food.
- Babies must ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of a car until they are at least one year of age and at least 20 pounds. The back seat is the safest place for any child to ride in a car.