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The home is the center of a childs universe, filled with love, family and everything they need to grow up healthy and happy.  With the importance the home plays and the amount of time spent there, it’s critical parents understand the areas where accidents happen the most.  There is no need for fear, the vast majority are HIGHLY PREVENTABLE with a combination of simple knowledge, planning and the right products. 

1 Baby bath basics: A parent's guide 

Wonder how to do a baby bath? Here's a step-by-step guide to help you master the basics from the staff at the Mayo Clinic found at MayoClinic- Baby Bath Basics 

Bathing a slippery newborn can be a nerve-wracking experience. Your baby might not like it much, either. With a little practice, however, you'll both start to feel more comfortable at bath time. Start by learning baby bath basics. 

On Safety from the CPSC 

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) uses its On Safety blog to inform the public about the most recent safety concerns, including poison prevention

This is an ideal place to learn about product recalls, and you can even sign up to receive email alerts about the latest products being recalled. 

The CPSC frequently produces safety videos for those who’d rather watch than read. Check out the organization’s YouTube channel and preview a video below. 

 

3. The Bump 

Whether it’s your first time having a baby or not, every parent has questions. The Bump has answers! 

This online magazine comes from the creators of popular lifestyle websites The Knot and The Nest. The Bump is written for expectant parents and Millennial moms and dads. 

It includes some excellent safety resources, including Baby Safety 101, which is full of frequently asked questions. There’s also content categorized as Is it Safe?, which looks at common safety concerns during pregnancy. 

 

4. Baby Center 

Yet another large resource for parents comes from BabyCenter.com. It offers more than just content about caring for babies and toddlers. You’ll also get advice on raising pre-schoolers and big kids. 

The experts who contribute to Baby Center have some valuable guides for new parents. Check out the Safety & Childproofing at Home section for a selection of articles to help you make your home a safer place. 

You’ll also find things like a Child Safety Checklist as well as a guide for poison-proofing your home. 

  

5. Children’s Safety Network 

 

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) is a collaboration between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). 

CSN works with state health departments to raise awareness and promote safety initiatives. However, the network’s website also offers many resources for parents. That includes the 2016 Guide for Preventing Unintentional Medical Poisonings. 

Topics covered on the CSN website consist of home safety, poison prevention, and overall child care safety. 

If you’re a visual learner the Children’s Safety Network creates a lot of eye-catching infographicsexplaining important safety advice. 

6. Prevent Child Injury 

The CDC gave startup funding to another national safety initiative known as Prevent Child Injury. 

Prevent Child Injury is a coalition of educators, researchers, and public health professionals who’ve come together to promote child safety. Parents and the media can ask questions about major safety concerns using the website’s Talk to Experts section, which allows you to directly contact national authorities. 

This site also offers toolkits with a variety of material focused on specific concerns, which allow safety experts all over the country to launch campaigns on issues like laundry packets, liquid nicotine, and toy safety. 

7. Baby Safety Zone 

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization that launched this online safety website for families. 

Baby Safety Zone offers advice on topics like building a safe nursery, provides recall information, and the website’s blog features articles written by parents for parents with young children. 

The JPMA has a child product certification program, which helps new parents identify items and brands they can trust. A new baby usually means you’re going to need lots of new stuff. So when you’re picking out cribs, toys, and sippy cups – this site can be quite helpful. 

8. Kids in Danger 

Kids in Danger is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving product safety for children. 

Parents of a toddler founded the organization in 1998 after they lost their child in an accident involving a collapsed crib at a caretaker’s home. 

That crib had been recalled five years earlier, but neither the parents nor the caretaker had any idea of the problems. This site is dedicated to spreading the word about potential dangers, and tells the true stories of other tragic accidents in its Family Voices series. 

While these are extremely sad stories, they serve as an important wake up call to parents everywhere. 

9. Family Education 

FamilyEducation.com is a massive library full of advice for parents with kids of all ages. 

The website has been around for more than 20 years, making it the longest-standing parenting site online. 

Among all the articles, quizzes, and videos, you’ll find sections dedicated to baby and toddler safety tips on childproofing and health, as well as safety advice for your entire family. You can also discuss household safety with this website’s contributors and other parents using the online forums. 

10. The Parent Report 

If you’re looking for a little daily advice on raising kids, turn to The Parent Report

This website offers resources covering all ages and a wide range of topics. There’s also The Parent Report’s syndicated radio show, which offers trustworthy tips from parenting expert Joanne Wilson in just 60 seconds. 

Check out the baby safety section of The Parent Report for advice on keeping little ones away from harm. 

 

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