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Gradually, your little ones will start crawling and exploring. It's fascinating to watch them discover new things every day. As babies become more and more mobile, they'll begin testing boundaries in wonderful new ways. When it happens, here are a few tips to help make it a safer journey.
Top Safety Tips
- Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
- Program the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone and post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully, you'll never need it, but it's nice to have just in case.
- Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher. It takes only a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
- Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.