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Baby's Safety Birth to Two Months

It is a good idea to write down all the new physical, language and social advances baby has made. Also, if your baby was born early or has a disability, be sure to follow the doctor’s orders and advice on how to take care of baby. Here are tips to help ensure baby’s safety from birth to two months.


  • Place baby to sleep on back which reduces the danger of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Do not use a drop-side crib
  • Keep crib or bassinet side up so baby is protected from pets, other children, and falls
  • Keep crib clear of loose blankets, bumper pads, toys, pillows and strings

Baby’s Bath

  • Be sure surface is non-slippery
  • Be certain water is shallow and test water temperature on wrist
  • Hold baby’s head up with arm around back of neck
  • If you feel weak or ill, do not bathe baby in tub; give baby a sponge bath
  • Never leave baby, even with siblings

Dressing or Changing Baby – Table, Crib or Floor

  • Do not leave baby alone on an elevated surface
  • Keep lotion or other uncovered materials away from baby. Do not use powder.
  • Keep caps, small objects, strings and jewelry out of baby’s reach
  • Place arms and legs carefully into clothing. Bending arms and legs out of normal position can cause fracture or joint injuries

Car Safety

  • Follow directions for installing car seat securely or have installed by trained person
  • Use rear-facing infant car seat and place in back seat of car
  • Be sure car is safe and in good condition
  • Be certain baby is always in properly buckled car seat, which should be reclined
  • Keep objects in car secured so as not to injure baby during sudden stops


  • Be sure carriage/stroller is strong and stable so it will not tip over
  • Make sure baby is securely placed and strapped
  • Recline stroller back at about 45 degree angle which keeps chin off of chest and airway clear
  • Keep face clear of blankets for breathing

Back or Front Carry Pack

  • Use correct size and material for age of baby
  • Keep baby’s head supported
  • Check that baby does not slide inside and have trouble breathing
  • Make sure pack is tied securely to person carrying baby

Safety – Environment

  • Do not smoke or take drugs or use alcohol
  • Do not drink or handle hot liquids while holding baby
  • Keep area around baby clear of food, toys, small items, strings, jewelry
  • Maintain a working smoke alarm
  • Keep home clean and temperature about 70 degrees
  • Learn infant CPR
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy
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