Keeping Babies Safe

baby on back

For Baby Safety Month in September, we offer these tips to make sure babies are safe while at church.

  • Place babies on their backs for sleeping in cribs.
  • Make sure cribs have firm mattresses with no gaps between the mattress and crib sides.
  • Use tight-fitting crib sheets.
  • Make sure there are no blankets, bumper pads, pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft objects in cribs with babies. These pose a suffocation hazard.
  • The sides of cribs should not be able to go down.
  • Measure your crib slats, which should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. If a soda can fits through, the slats are too far apart.
  • Place cribs far enough apart so babies cannot become wedged between cribs. Also place cribs far enough from the wall so babies cannot become wedged against the wall.
  • Familiarize yourself with the church’s tornado plan and fire evacuation plan. Is this posted in the room?
  • Communicate with preschoolers’ parents of a designated spot outside to meet parents in the event of an evacuation.
  • Keep a flashlight in the room in case of power outage.
  • Cover all electrical sockets.
  • Make sure all cords are out of reach of babies. This includes cords from curtains, window blinds, baby monitors, and chargers.
  • Keep the trashcan in a secured cabinet.
  • Keep all cleaning supplies in a secured cabinet.
  • Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Never walk away from a baby on a diaper changing table.
  • Use proper handwashing procedures when changing diapers or feeding babies.
  • Follow your church’s procedures for volunteers’ background checks, first aid training, and infant CPR training.
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