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Your Baby’s Safety - Birth to Two Months

A baby should sleep lying on his back.Write down all the new physical, language and social advances baby makes.

If your baby was born early or has a disability, carry out the doctor’s orders and advice on how to take care of baby.


  • Place baby to sleep on back to reduce the danger of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Do not use a drop-side crib.
  • Keep crib or bassinette 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

  • Non-slippery surface.
  • Shallow water, test temperature on your 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

  • Don’t 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 out of normal position can cause fracture or joint displacement.

Infants should ride in a rear facing car seat.Car Safety

  • Use directions for installing car seat securely or have it installed by trained person.
  • Use rear-facing infant car seat and place in back seat of vehicle.
  • Vehicle should be safe and in good condition.
  • Baby must always be in a properly buckled car seat, which should be reclined.
  • Keep objects in car secured to prevent injury to baby during sudden stops.


  • Strong and stable so it won’t tip over.
  • Baby securely placed and strapped.
  • At this age, stroller back should be reclined at about 45° to keep baby's chin off of chest and stopping airway.
  • Keep face clear of blankets for breathing.

Sling or Front Carry Pack

  • Correct size and material for age of baby.
  • Keep baby’s head supported.
  • Check that baby doesn’t 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 alcohol.
  • Don’t drink or handle hot liquids while holding baby.
  • Keep area around baby clear of food, toys, small items, strings, jewelry.
  • Maintain a functioning smoke alarm.
  • Keep home clean and temperature about 70°.
  • Learn Infant CPR.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy for:
    • Doctor
    • Ambulance
    • Emergency room
    • Hospital
    • Fire station
    • Poison control
    • Nearest relative

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

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