1. Babies and young toddlers can drown in even the shallowest water.  Always drain your bath water when it’s finished with and never leave water sitting the sink or even a bucket.
  2. Keep medication, vitamins and even your cosmetics away from your baby’s reach. It’s common sense to put medicines on a high shelf or cupboard but we sometimes forget about our vitamins, our babies vitamins and even our lipstick and powder puff! Most vitamin bottles are child proof these days but it’s not worth taking a chance.  For example, did you know that iron-rich prenatal vitamins are a leading cause of poisoning deaths in children!
  3. Adjust your water heater temperature to 120 degrees F to prevent scalding. In some apartments you may not be able to do this. You may want to double check with the building management.
  4. Make sure there’s no way a baby can lock themselves in any room in the house. It would be a truly scary thing to be on the other side of that locked door.
  5. Check the floor for small objects that a baby could swallow: pins, nails, buttons and coins. This is pretty obvious for the most part, but sometimes you forget and a coin or two drops out of your husband’s pant pocket, or you drop an earring and get distracted before you can pick it up. It’s amazing how babies can pick out the smallest things on the floor