Keep Your Baby Safe

Placing Your Baby on Furniture

Risk: Once your baby can sit up, you may be tempted to plop him down on a sofa, bed, or countertop. Don't do it. Broken bones from falls off furniture are extremely common between 6 and 12 months.

Remedy: Avoid placing your baby anywhere above floor level unless you're within arm's reach. And when you set him down in an infant-carrier seat, always keep the straps buckled.

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