1. Never shake your baby.
No matter how angry or frustrated you feel your baby or toddler cries, and no matter how much he or she cries never shake your babies. Shaking cause bleeding in the brain that can inquire or even kill a child. It takes only a few seconds of sharing to seriously hurt o baby’s developing brain.
When your babies cries….
- Make sure he or she isn’t hungry, wet, cold, or hot.
- Offer a pacifier
- Walk around holding the baby close to you, in your arms or in a carrier. Talk or sing to him.
- Call a trusted friend, relative, or neighbor to talk to or ask someone to come over and keep you company.
- Exercise or listen to some music
2. Never leave your baby alone.
- Never leave a child alone in the house, even of you are just going to pick up the laundry or talk to a neighbor on your floor.
- Never leave a child alone in the car, even to run into a store for a few minutes.
- Always keep an eyes on your child.
- Keep one hand on the baby when changing a diaper. Don’t leave a child in a changing table.
- If you are cooking or working and cannot be watching, put the baby in a crib or playpen.
- When you are outside, make sure to watch your child closely.
- Never ask a stranger to watch for your child not even for a minute.
3. It’s safest for baby to sleep alone
- Sleeping with your baby (co-sleeping) can be dangerous. If an adult or child rolls over on your baby, the baby can be hurt or even suffocated. Its particularly dangerous to sleep with the baby in the couch, with other children sharing the bed or anyone in the bed.
- You can safely keep your baby close during the night in your room, by placing him or her in a crib or bassinet near your bed. When the baby wakes, you can easily breastfeed, give a bottle, or comfort the baby. When you are finished, lay the baby on his back in his own bed.
4. Childproof your home
- Ask your landlord to install window guards
- Make sure TV sets are stable
- Put cover on electrical stable
- Use safety latches
- Store all medicines and hazardous products
- Buy medicines with childproof caps
- Keep plastic bags
- Check toys for small parts
- Install safety gates
- Tie-window blinds cords up high
- Use bumpers
5. Protect against lead poisoning
- Don’t use items that contain lead.
- Wash children hands, pacifier and toys often
- Clean floors
- Keep children away from peeling paint.
6. Be the best parent you can be
- Get help for alcohol and drug abuse
- Quit smoking
- Get help for depression
- A home without violence
7. Choose your caregiver carefully
- Is an adult not another child.
- Is well known to you
- Has experience taking care the babies and young children
- Is patient and matured enough
- Understand that the baby must be watched
- Will never shake, yell at make fun of, or withhold food from your child as punishment
- Does not smoke, abused alcohol or drugs.
- Is not using a prescription medication that has a bad side effects or makes her drowsy.