Consumer Product Safety Commission
Young infants follow objects with their eyes. They explore with their hands, feet and
mouths. They begin sitting and crawling.
- Put your grandchild to sleep on his or her back in
a crib with a firm, flat mattress and no soft bedding underneath.
- Make sure your crib is sturdy, with no loose or
missing hardware; used cribs may not meet current safety standards.
- Don't give grandchildren toys or other items with
small parts, or tie toys around their necks.
- In a car, always buckle your grandchild in a child
safety seat on the back seat.
Older infants crawl and learn to walk. They enjoy bath play and explore objects by banging
- Never leave your grandchild alone for a moment near
any water or in the bathtub, even with a bath seat; check bath water with your wrist or
elbow to be sure it is not too hot.
- Don't leave a baby unattended on a changing table
or other nursery equipment; always use all safety straps.
- If you use a baby walker for your grandchild, make
sure it has special safety features to prevent falls down stairs, or use a stationary
activity center instead.
- Keep window blind and curtain cords out of reach of
grandchildren; dress grandchildren in clothing without drawstrings.
Toddlers have lots of energy and curiosity. They like exploring, climbing and playing with
- Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps;
be sure medicines, cleaning products, and other household chemicals are out of reach and
locked away from children.
- Use safety gates for stairs, safety plugs for
electrical outlets, and safety latches for drawers and cabinets.
- Buy toys labeled for children under age 3; these
are often safety recommendations, not measures of a child's skill or ability.
- Never leave your grandchildren alone in or near
Preschoolers are very active. They run, jump and climb.
- Keep children-and furniture they can climb on-away
- At playgrounds, look for protective surfacing under
- Be sure your grandchildren wear helmets when riding
tricycles or bicycles.
- At all ages, make sure your smoke detectors work;
keep matches and lighters away from children.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) is a federal agency that helps keep families and children safe in and around their
homes. For more information, call CPSC's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or visit its
web site at http://www.cpsc.gov
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