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Baby’s Safety - One Year

NHTSA recommends that 1-year old children remain rear-facing.Baby is more independent and curious, runs about, is reckless, and always exploring new things. Takes toys and other things apart.

Car Safety

  • Keep car seat rear-facing until two years of age or they have reached the upper weight limit of the seat.
  • Baby should never be left alone in vehicle, especially in hot weather.
  • Driver should make sure he/she knows where the child is before moving vehicle.

Water Safety

  • Keep baby away from ice chests, hot tubs, buckets, whirlpools, and washers in and outside the home.
  • Always stay with baby in swimming pools and kiddie pools.
  • Keep baby away from ponds. It is difficult to save a child from a deep, muddy pond.


  • Keep baby securely strapped in stroller, high chair, swing, or shopping cart.
    • Use buffer or protector around belts of shopping cart which may be soiled.
  • Never leave alone on counters, beds, tables, couches, or other high places.
  • If riding on bicycle with adult, should be in a rear-mounted seat, wearing helmet.

Prevent Poisoning

  • Keep cleaning products, alcohol, and medications up high and away from food.
  • Keep plants and planting pots out of reach of baby.
  • Keep baby away from poisonous plants, flowers and trees outside the home.
  • Keep medications and cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet.
  • Have safety caps on all medicines and household chemicals.
  • Keep camphor and other items in a locked area.
    • Never store lye cleaners in the home
  • Call Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) or bring child to emergency room if child may have eaten anything poisonous.

Safety Points for Day Care/Other Homes

  • Cribs and mattresses and places used for care of baby should be same as suggested for home.
  • No wires or cords near crib or play area.
  • Cover electric outlets and barricade electric appliances and cords.
  • Remove water containers, medicines and plants from baby care area.
  • No guns or ammunition.
  • Keep hot food and liquids, and utensils out of baby’s reach.
  • Keep window areas clear of furniture and use window guards.
  • Gates should be in place at all stairs and rooms that are off limits.

Safety – Environment

  • Keep baby away from front-loading dryers and washers.
  • Remove all breakable items from tables and cabinets, and install child-proof latches to cabinets.
  • Place crib mattress at lowest level. No large toys or bumper pads.
  • Do not allow baby near electric or motorized toys, toys with small pieces, or balloons.
  • Don’t store toys in chests with lids where child can be caught or injured.
  • Continue to use gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Keep child away from electric outlets and stoves.
  • Keep child in safe place (high chair or playpen) when working and cooking in kitchen.
  • Keep baby in a safe place when you grill outside or use lawnmower.

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

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