Keeping Your Newborn Safe

Car Seat

You must have an approved infant car seat in the rear seat, facing backward and properly installed, until your baby is 2 years of age. The safest position is in the center, being certain air bags are off for that seating area. Be certain your baby is always buckled in properly to ensure their safety in the event of an accident.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Be sure you have these devices properly positioned and working with new batteries annually.

Smoke Exposure

No smoking of any kind should be allowed in your home or car, even when the baby is not present, in order to avoid the potential harmful effects on your baby (i.e. pneumonia, respiratory infections, ear infections).

Back to Sleep

To prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, always put your baby to sleep on their back, on a firm mattress. Do not put a top sheet, pillows, blankets, toys or stuffed animals in your baby’s bed. It is not recommended that your baby sleep with you due to the risk of suffocation. Avoid “side slings” until after 4 months of age.


Never leave your baby alone in a bathtub. Turn your hot water heater to 120 degrees or less.


Never put any long cords or jewelry around your baby’s neck due to the risk of choking. Be careful with small objects near your baby’s mouth. Be certain window blind cords are out of reach. Never prop a bottle during feedings; your baby should be held with their head slightly elevated.

Being Close

Someone needs to be within hearing distance of your baby at all times. Do not leave pets or small children/toddlers alone with your baby. Do not leave your baby alone where they could fall, such as beds, counters, changing tables.


Your baby’s delicate skin can burn easily. Protect your baby from the sun with light clothing, hats, and sunscreen should be used on exposed areas of skin if your baby will be in the sun for more than 15 minutes. Test the lotion first on your baby’s forearm, checking for any adverse skin reaction.


Don’t hold your baby when you are handling hot foods or liquids, or when you are cooking.

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