Baby Safety Basics

Strangulation

Disaster waiting to happen:

Visiting a friend on a beautiful spring day, you set your baby's portable playpen beneath the guest-room window, pull open the venetian blinds, and head to the kitchen for a cup of tea.

Playing it safe:

In the vicinity of a wiggly baby, any kind of string can become a noose. Always tie window-blind cords out of reach. And though baby clothes with drawstrings are now illegal, you may inherit them as hand-me-downs. If you do, tear them up and use them as rags.

Other tips to prevent strangulation:

Strollers, high chairs, and other infant seating can also strangle your baby if she slips down far enough. Crotch straps are designed to keep that from happening. Be sure to use them -- even on a quick trip to the corner store.

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