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Grandchild Safety Checklist

Young Infants
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
Older infants crawl and learn to walk. They enjoy bath play and explore objects by banging and poking.

  • 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
Toddlers have lots of energy and curiosity. They like exploring, climbing and playing with small objects.

  • 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 swimming pools.

Preschoolers
Preschoolers are very active. They run, jump and climb.

  • Keep children-and furniture they can climb on-away from windows.
  • At playgrounds, look for protective surfacing under equipment.
  • 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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