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Baby’s Safety - Six to Twelve Months

Baby will learn to sit, crawl, and walk. Child proof your home for safety.During this time, baby grows and develops rapidly. New personality and physical changes can be seen each day. Baby will learn to sit, crawl, and stand, and will fall often. Home must be made safe.

Preventing Falls

  • Install sturdy gates at top and bottom of stairs
  • Install operable window guards.
  • Keep space in front of windows free of chests, tables.
  • Don’t allow baby to crawl onto furniture.
  • Never use a baby walker because it may tip over or fall down the stairs.
  • Keep play area clear of hard, sharp-edged objects and toys.
  • If baby falls, check that he is all right before picking him up.
    • If baby acts different, call the doctor or take to emergency room.

Bathroom Safety

  • Keep child away from bathroom by keeping the door closed.
  • Keep toilet lid down.
  • Keep free of pails or other water containers.
  • Keep water heater no hotter than 120°.
  • Bathe baby on a non-slippery surface and hold neck and head up.
  • Never leave baby alone or with siblings in water.

Safety Habits to Prevent Suffocating and Choking

  • Stay with baby while baby is eating.
  • Do not give food or bottle to baby when baby is walking or crawling around home.
  • Do not give baby food that could cause choking (peanuts, popcorn, carrots, grapes, hotdogs).
  • Learn how to remove food or other items from choking baby.
  • Learn CPR from your doctor or nurse.
  • Keep baby’s crib away from windows, curtains, and cords from blinds.
    • Tie cords high and out of reach.
  • Remove labels from stuffed toys.
    • Remove mobiles from crib because baby can reach parts, pull, and put into mouth.

Kitchen Safety

  • Keep baby from walking or crawling around kitchen.
  • Place baby in a safe place nearby (playpen, low highchair) when you cook or work in kitchen.
  • Keep baby away from stoves, refrigerators, and hot appliances.
  • Keep pans toward back of stove; turn handles inward.
  • Do not hold baby and work with the stove at the same time.
  • Keep waste receptacles closed and out of baby’s reach.
  • Keep small fire extinguisher available in kitchen.
  • If child is burned, apply cool water and loose bandage, and call doctor or take to emergency room.

Child-Proofing Home for Safety

  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Do not keep guns or firearms in the home, or keep guns unloaded, locked with a safety device, and stored in a locked place.
  • Throw away all water, chemicals and other mixtures after use.
  • Check smoke alarm batteries monthly.
  • Keep tool chests locked so baby won’t be caught or injured.
  • Keep baby out of garage and basement.
  • Apply child-proof latches to cabinets.

Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised September 2012

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