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Hazards for crawling babies


The need for appropriate and thorough babyproofing rises dramatically once your baby learns to crawl. You might be surprised...once they get the hang of it, they can be quick! New parents should be aware of some of the hidden dangers waiting for baby when she learns to crawl. We've included some of the immediate hazards, but there are more. We suggest researching for yourself and consulting a professional when appropriate.


Poison or Choking Hazards

Children use their hands and mouths to explore their surroundings. Now that your baby is crawling, there are many places for her to get into. Think on that level for a minute...what's in reach?


No small objects should ever be left where your child can reach it. These items are choking hazards and should not be overlooked. Small pieces of food, such as hot dogs, grapes or small carrots are a deadly choking hazard that should be avoided. Learn how to help your child or someone else when they are choking. Taking a class could save a life!


Bottles or cleaners under the kitchen sink is another deadly situation. Your baby can easily ingest poison before you can reach her to stop it. If you wouldn't want baby to put it in her mouth, don't put it in her reach.


Keep the number for poison control close and program it into your cell phone. The number is: 1 (800) 222-1222. Do not assume baby needs to vomit up the poison. Consult with the poison control operator about methods to help your baby.


Burn Hazards

The kitchen is a major hot spot for burn injuries, but is easily preventable. Don't let baby crawl near an oven and teaching her that the oven is "hot" will save tears and injuries.


Now let's think of other ways baby can get burned....leaving cups of hot liquid on a coffee or side table is a huge hazard that should definitely be avoided. Wall or floor heaters are sources of danger, as well as fireplaces and candles left burning within reach. Be mindful of where your children are when carrying hot foods or liquids.


Fall Hazards

Babies need boundaries when they begin to crawl. Baby gates are appropriate for keeping her safe in a babyproofed area. They should be installed at any points in the home where there are stairs.


When your baby is learning to move around, baby walkers are not recommended. They can fall out of it, or tip it over.


Electrocution Hazards

While new rules in housing requirements are changing to require outlets that come babyproofed, that doesn't mean your house will automatically have them. Your baby can easily shock herself if she inserted fingers or metal objects into the outlets. Prevent this with covers.


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