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September is National Baby Safety Month

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Babies can get into all kinds of things.

Little hands like to pick up things and put anything in their mouths. September is National Baby Safety Month, and if you have a baby at home, a good place to always make sure things are secure is in the nursery.

"You want to make sure that your crib is certified for the newest safety standards for your baby. You want a nice firm mattress. Babies need to be put on their back when they go to sleep to reduce the incident of SIDS," St. David's Georgetown Hospital Ami Hanson said.

Other things to be mindful of around the house are securing cords and cables, covering electrical outlets and picking up small toys or anything that could be a choking hazard.

More tips on baby safety:

Nursery
• Crib safety: You want a firm mattress and place the baby on their back to prevent SIDS
• Monitoring baby: While a monitor is not an absolute necessity, it does give parents peace of mind
• Room temperature: don't put the crib directly under the vent; watch the temperature of the room because mom is likely undergoing "hot flashes" and turning the air up, temperature down and baby can get cold

Bathroom
• It's important to note that when you are home and introducing your baby to new products, such as bath products or laundry detergent, you should try to introduce them to one new product at a time (just in case they have a reaction, then you will be able to pinpoint what product introduction was last made)
• It’s good to have a no-skid bath mat in your tub so your baby doesn’t slip and fall

Living Room
• As your baby starts growing, you really need to look at your environment
• Babies learn by touch and they taste and feel with the texture of their tongue, so it's important to safeguard the area around them (plant leaves, toys, remotes, etc.)
• Also, your baby's milestones—rolling over, sitting up, crawling—will come as a surprise and you want to be sure you are not placing your baby on a counter or in a high position where they could roll off
• Watch for dog toys or other little toys on the ground that the baby could put in his/her mouth (especially anything with small pieces)

Kitchen
• Make sure all cabinets and doors are baby proofed with safety locks
• It's also good to have a talk with older siblings about how it's important not to feed baby the food the we are eating (the baby could choke on it)
• Cut hot dogs length-wise not into little pieces because your baby could choke

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