Baby Safety Basics

Falls

Disaster waiting to happen:

A friend has offered you her son's baby walker. You've heard bad publicity about walkers, but you're not worried -- you'll be watching your baby whenever he's in it.

Playing it safe:

Walkers injure up to half of all babies who use them, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign. And nearly 80 percent of those infants were supervised when the accident occurred -- walkers roll so fast that there's often no time to intervene. No wonder the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against them. Instead, consider a play center that bounces or swivels but doesn't travel.

Other tips to prevent falls:

Keep stairways gated at the top and bottom. Strap your baby to the changing table, and always keep a hand on her. Never leave her alone on a sofa or bed. Move furniture away from windows.

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