Story by: Norton Children's on September 26, 2019
Every year, more than 3.2 million children are injured in their homes seriously enough to need emergency medical care. More children in the United States die from unintentional, preventable injuries than from all diseases combined.
Creating a safe environment for your baby is the best thing you can do to help prevent injuries at home. To begin babyproofing your home, get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby. Viewing your home from your baby’s eye level can help you spot possible dangers. Because men and women tend to look at home and safety measures differently, both mom- and dad-to-be should be involved in babyproofing. Begin early in your pregnancy so you can include safety items on your baby registry list.
Top tips for baby proofing your home
Parents, grandparents and caregivers need to follow the ABCs of sleep: Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs, in a safe Crib.
SafeKids Louisville, led by Norton Children’s Hospital Prevention & Wellness, offers a complete home safety checklist to help you protect your child — and everyone else in the family — from unintentional injuries.