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NYS Parent Guide

6-12 Months: Growth and Development

On the Move!

Protecting Your Child

Protecting Your Child

Now that your baby is on the move, protecting her takes on a whole new meaning.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Use a safe car seat. Always use a rear-facing infant car seat that is properly installed. Even on the shortest trip, and even when she protests being buckled in—and she will.
  • Baby proof. Make your home a safe place for your baby to move and explore. Block off dangerous areas like stairs and electrical outlets. Move dangerous items such as household cleaners, medicines and sharp tools like knives and scissors out of reach. Look at the world from your baby’s view and understand that at this age, your baby will get into everything and anything. She is naturally curious and learns as she explores. It is your job to make sure she is safe.
  • Keep your eye on your baby. She’s speedy and it only takes seconds for her to be in danger. If you have to step into another room for a minute or two, take her with you or put her in her crib or stroller with a safe toy. Never take your eyes off your baby during bath time (or any place where there is standing water) even though she might sit well in the tub.
  • NEVER allow anyone to shake or hit your baby or toss her in the air during play. Because your baby is so happy and fun at this age, it can be easy to forget how fragile she is.

Useful Resources:

Baby Proofing Your Home

Find lots of information on baby proofing your home.
Look for the first aid and safety button.

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