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Preparing for Your Baby’s Safety

Cribs should not have bumper pads, pillows, toys, or loose blankets.Items to prepare 2-3 months before expected delivery in places where baby will spend the most time.


  • No drop-side cribs.
  • Firm mattress that fits close to crib sides.
  • Crib slats/bars not farther apart than 2 3/8 inches.
  • No bumper pads, pillows, toys, or loose blankets.

Bassinette or Cradle

  • Firm, thin mattress with no space between it and the sides.
  • Sides high enough so baby cannot fall out.
  • Stable and cannot be knocked over.
  • Cradle that cannot swing high enough to overturn.

Change and Dress Baby

  • Change or dress baby on table, crib or floor.
  • Uncluttered, firm surface.
  • Stable, not slippery.

Bathing Baby

  • Bathe baby in baby tub, tub placed in big tub or regular bathtub.
  • Non-slippery surface.
  • Set water heater no hotter than 120°.
  • Don’t use baby bath seat because it can tip over easily.


  • If has slats, no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart.
  • If net, closely woven.
  • Sturdy, sides can’t collapse.
  • Firm cushion, no bumper pads.

Infants should ride in a rear facing car seat.Infant Car Seat

  • Use seat approved by federal agency.
  • Install rear-facing, 45° angle.
  • Install in back seat of vehicle.
  • Check directions carefully to install correctly and have it checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Infant Carrier

  • Can’t use as car seat
  • Plastic with cushioned lining.
  • Baby should be belted in.
  • Use only for infants 1-6 weeks because it tips easily when baby moves.
  • Can’t be used on shopping cart unless belted/attached.

Safety – Environment

  • Mother should not use alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
  • Rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain strength for delivery and when baby comes home.
  • Keep floors and stairs clear/good condition.
  • Maintain home temperature at around 70°.

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

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