Safety is an important issue for children of all ages, but some special safety concerns arise when preparing an environment for infants and toddlers.
- Keep rugs and floors cleaned regularly. Little crawlers are sure to discover any small, potentially harmful objects.
- Wash toys, rattles, and vinyl cloth books daily. To clean, mix one-quarter cup of household liquid chlorine bleach with one gallon of fresh tap water. Thoroughly rinse and air dry. Be sure to change the water daily.
- Be sure that all toys pass the choke test. You can use a commercial choking tube to determine if a toy size is appropriate for children under 2 years.
- Remove large toys from cribs and playpens. Once children are able to climb, extra caution must be taken. Keep cribs and playpens away from windows and be sure windows have screens or safety locks.
- Remember that even the youngest infants can wriggle right off a changing table. Never leave infants unstrapped or unattended during diapering routines.