Advice for New Parents

Maintaining a safe and secure home can be a challenge under ideal circumstances. For someone who just added a baby to the equation, that challenge can seem insurmountable. Fortunately, the old saying about an ounce of prevention has just as much relevance for new parents as it does for single homeowners.

General child safety advice for new parents

To a new parent, advice on safety is essential for protecting a growing family. Consider these all-purpose tips for keeping your child safe:

  • Read all instructions and warnings on baby toys.
  • Don’t let your baby play with toys that have small parts, since they can easily be swallowed.
  • Inspect all products before letting your baby play with them.
  • Keep floors, carpets and cribs clean and free of debris and sharp objects.
  • Supervise your baby during playtime.

Home safety tips for new parents

Raising a baby requires a lot of thought and preparation, especially when it comes to home safety. These tips can make your home safer for everyone in your family, including the newest member:

  • Block pools and hot tubs with a locked barrier at least five feet high.
  • Keep buckets and large containers of water and other liquids, including paint, away from your child.
  • Install window guards and locks.
  • Make sure all tables and decorative furnishings are sturdy and secure.
  • Keep toys away from high, cluttered areas where your baby might be tempted to climb.
  • Install tamper-resistant outlet guards to prevent your child from inserting objects into an electric plug.
  • Install high locks or latches on doors.

Car safety advice for new parents

Babies and young children are more prone to injury from automobile accidents than adults, which helps explain why laws in all 50 states require car seats or some type of child passenger restrain system. Here’s some new parent advice to keep your baby on board safe and comfortable:

  • If your car has factory-installed child car seats, make sure to include this feature in routine maintenance and inspections.
  • Keep an eye out for product recalls involving child safety seats. Hang on to all warranties and paperwork with model numbers and other relevant information.
  • Inspect the safety seat for cracks or missing parts.

Advice to new parents: Protecting toddlers

Sometimes, children can be more of a danger to themselves than any outside threat. When your baby gets a little older, you’ll want to remember these tips for new parents on protecting toddlers from their own curiosity:

  • Keep matches, lighters and sharp objects in places your kids can’t reach.
  • Teach your kids when and how to call for help.
  • Tell your kids not to answer the door or phone.
  • Teach your kids to pick up their toys after playtime to reduce the risk of tripping and falling.

For more tips on how to keep your home and family safe, visit the Community Resources page or download the kids interactive safety packets.