Safety for the 4-Month Old Baby
- A hot stove can burn your baby, so always make sure that if the stove is on, you know exactly where your baby is.
Always turn the pot handles toward the back of the stove, so your baby can't grab them and spill the hot food on himself.
- Do not let electrical cords dangle where your baby can pull them and get a burn from hot metal or hot food.
- Low cabinets and shelves are not the place for detergents, bleaches, cleansers, insect killers, ammonia or drain uncloggers.
Canned goods and pots and pans are safe to play with and can be kept at this low level.
- Broken glass and empty tin cans should not be put in the trash can if your baby has a tendency to tip over the
trash can and play with the trash.
- Your baby must be watched around hot pipes, hot radiators, and heaters. Matches, cigarettes, ash trays,
and lighters should be moved to places where your baby can't get to them.
- Cords from lamps, radios, and clocks should be well hidden, and the sockets should have heavy furniture
in front of them or socket covers put over them.
- Doors should have screens with locks, and stairs should have protective gates.
- Guns and ammunition should be stored separately, and should be locked up.
- All medicines should be locked up (including vitamins).
- Find a high shelf for cosmetics, razor blades, mouth wash, shoe polish, and toilet bowl cleaners.
- Never leave your baby in the tub alone - even for a second.
Garage, Basement, Outdoors:
- Do not keep cosmetics, deodorants, or cleaners in a place where your baby can get at them.
- Keep sewing baskets, needles, pins, and buttons out of the bedroom. Lock them up out of reach.
- Babies learn to scoot very early, and can scoot off a full sized bed to the floor very fast.
- Cover all plugs with socket covers.
- Do not cover the mattress with plastic or use a plastic clothes bag: your baby can remove the sheets and suffocate.
Avoid the hanging plastic covers from the cleaners.
- Put all rodent and insect killers, kerosene, gasoline, paints and paint-thinners in a locked cabinet.
- Store all rakes, sharp tools and nails out of reach.
- Check the yard and neighborhood for wells, swimming pools, ponds, streams, and old refrigerators.
- Never iron when your baby is awake and crawling around; put your baby in the crib or playpen when you iron.
- Look before you back your car out: don't risk running over your own baby!
- Remember to always use a car seat for your baby when you go out in the car. You should also use your seatbelt.
- Lock all doors before starting the motor.
- Don't let your baby stick his hands or head out of an open car window.
- Never leave your baby alone in the car.