Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

I think my baby is going to start crawling soon. What should I do to make sure the house is safe for her?

Re: I think my baby is going to start crawling soon. What should I do to make sure the house is safe for her?

The Bump Expert

Welcome to a whole new world of potential dangers and disasters. Once baby starts to crawl, generally around eight or nine months,safety takes on a new meaning. Start getting your home ready as soon asbaby can sit up and pivot on her tummy. Remember, this guide is just astarter. Get down on all fours and crawl around your house to get ababy's-eye view of the many dangerous temptations that lurk. Keep inmind that anything that fits through a toilet paper tube is a potentialchoking hazard, and dangerous items can easily get hidden in deepcarpets, corners and under cabinets. Regular sweeps should be apriority. Also, check all the safety preparations you made before babycame home, remembering that her height and reach are now significantlygreater.

Throughout the house

[  ] Move all dangerous items (cleaners, knives, heavy objects, medications, etc) to cupboards and drawers out of baby's reach

[  ] Latchclosed any cupboards, doors and drawers within baby's reach to avoidpinched fingers or unaccompanied explorations; purchase baby-safedoorstops for every door to prevent accidental closings

[  ] Put lockable covers on garbage cans, or place in latched cupboards

[  ] Move all electric cords behind furniture or under rugs

[  ]Secure heavy furniture such as bookcases and cabinets to walls to prevent accidental tipping

[  ] Put televisions and other heavy items on sturdy furniture, and move as close to the wall or corner as possible

[  ] Move all tall, wobbly lamps behind furniture

[  ] Put baby gates or fences at the top and bottom of every set of stairs, no matter how short the flight

[  ] Block access to all floor heaters and radiators

[  ] Use garden fences or plexiglass to block any space of more than four inches between stair or balcony rails

[  ] Put colorful stickers on sliding doors and any other large panes of glass

[  ] Install window guards and stops, and put safety bars or netting on all windows, landings and decks

[  ] Place food and water for pets out of baby's reach

[  ] Put a lock on VCR (or, finally toss it!)

[  ] Install fireplace screens around all hearths (but remember -- screens get hot, too)

[  ] Place logs, matches, tools and keys out of baby's reach

[  ] Never leave any amount of water in an open container or bucket


[  ] Make sure all medications have childproof tops, and that your medicine cabinet has a secure latch

[  ]Place soft covers on the bath spout and knobs

[  ] Put non-slip mats in and beside the bathtub

[  ] Purchase a bathtub ring for baby to sit in (and never, ever leave baby alone in the tub, not even for a moment!)

[  ] Install safety locks on toilets


[  ] Put all tools and toxic substances in locked storage

[  ] Make sure you have a functioning garage door safety sensor


[  ] Once baby can get up on hands and knees, remove mobiles and anything else hanging above crib

[  ] Move crib away from anything that could be used for climbing


[  ] Install covers for stove and oven knobs, an appliance latch for the oven door, and a stove guard to block access to burners

[  ] Install safety latches on refrigerator and freezer doors

[  ] Getin the habit of cooking on the back burners, turning pot handles towardthe wall, and placing hot food and drinks away from the edges of tablesand counters

[  ] Forgo placemats and tablecloths -- if baby yanks, everything on top will go crashing


[  ] Make sure backyard gates latch securely

[  ] Empty wading pools and store upright after every use

[  ] If you have a pool, surround it by a locked fence at least four feet tall

[  ] After it rains or snows, check for any collections of water and drain completely

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Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

First off, not toxic carpets and rugs (non-organic) must be cleaned properly so that the baby doesn't inhale the fumes since he/she will be so close to the ground. You can find a list of products and Any plant based cleaner for the floor will help if you do not have carpet. Make sure to go onto the baby's level to check out if anything coul possibly be dangerous and when he/she does start to crawl watch very carefully because if you did miss something that is the time to make sure everything is 100% safe.

m0mee2bee |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

I would definitely consider getting an evaluation from a professional childproofing company. I did. it was free and the owner of the company walked thru my entire 4 story house to not only show me where the hazards were but to share a lot about things I could be doing differently -- from not putting the monitor in the crib (a choke hazard) to attaching tv and book cases to the walls. He also gave me this great choke safety gadget that measures anything to tell you whether it could be a choke hazard or not. I ended up using the service for some of the larger areas we needed to babyproof but it was not a pressure thing. The owner even wrote a book on child safety, called the Safe & Sound Home I think. The company name is Safety Matters our of Deerfield if anyone is interested.

ChloeSydneyMom |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Other than the obvious things you will think of, getting down on the floor and pull hard on every single thing in your house. When we moved into our new apartment we thought we did an excellent job of baby-proofing, and it only took our son 10 minutes to find something. The biggest problem we have now is him pulling the dishwasher door open (we've had to start locking it at all times). Also, anything that is under any cabinet, not just the obvious cleaners under the kitchen sink, but in the bathroom he found the toilet paper and ate it one day. It's never-ending!!

green6 |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Put colorful stickers on sliding doors?

owhlee |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

My MIL had a great idea. She suggested getting down to their level and crawling around yourself, it will hlep you get a different perspective and catch things you probably wouldn't otherwise.

ASaffo |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Put colorful stickers on sliding doors? I am thinking this is so baby doesn't run into the sliding glass door because it is clear and they think they can go through it.

radiantMeg |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

While hot water and steam radiators provide a wonderful, non-dry heating source, there is a high concern about risk of burns to babies and children from contact with these hot items. A study in Chicago showed that there were many emergency room trips for burns in areas that primarily have radiator heat. One way to eliminate this risk is to cover the radiator with a Radiator Enclosure. These enclosures not only prevent contact burns, but they have been proven to increase the heating efficiency of the radiator (it directs the heat into the room rather than up the wall to the ceiling), and they also look a lot nicer than the old radiator. Kustom™ Radiator Enclosures by Rand Manufacturing are available in over 300 stock sizes for economy. They are zinc-coated steel, ready to paint to match or coordinate with your room colors. See their website at, or call 1-800-542-4470 for information.

RandProd |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

You should plan on baby proofing by the time baby is 6 mo old.

onesafety |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Find a local baby proofer by contacting the 1. IAFCS members are educators first, taking the time to show you how you can create a safer environment for your child. 2. IAFCS members have experience dealing with all sorts of hazards in all types of homes, and can readily provide products and services to suit your specific needs. 3. IAFCS members keep fellow members up-to-date on new or hidden hazards in the home. 4. IAFCS members have access to hundreds of specialized safety products that you will not find in your local hardware or home supply store. 5. IAFCS members work closely with manufacturers to develop and enhance child safety products, ensuring that you get only the highest quality products that have been field-tested by experts. 6. IAFCS members provide professional installation of products so that they function safely and conveniently. 7. IAFCS members commit to a Code of Ethics to maintain high industry standards. 8. IAFCS members are professional problem-solvers, and are able to devise safety solutions for even the most challenging situations. 9. IAFCS members can save you money by directing you to products that will work best for your needs, helping you avoid trial-and-error purchases and installation. 10. IAFCS members can save you time by completing your childproofing quickly and efficiently, leaving you more time to spend with your family.

onesafety |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Contact a professional in Seattle Safety for Toddlers 20 years in the business

onesafety |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Yes, the colorful stickers should be at baby's eye level so they know to stop but it also helps you to see if baby is heading towards an open or closed door!

DeBosSweetpea |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

I know a family that say they aren't moving anything. No plugs in sockets either. They just tell him no and say he will learn(at 7 months). Is this logical? Do babies really learn what no means at that age? I have no kids btw.

chickadee22 |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

My daughter just smiles at me when I say no. Child proofing is half the battle and the other half is watching your child. My daughter is almost 10 months old. We are living with my in-laws for now and so a lot of stuff isn't ours to move I bought a baby play yard, Northstates Super Yard. My life is so much easier now. Se has a play area where I know she is safe.

alyssathibodeau |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

DON'T PUT A GATE AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. Please! If your baby manages to climb over it, it just increases the height of their fall. Instead, put the gates in the doorways of the rooms upstairs. Yes, there is still a chance they will eventually climb over them, but at least the fall will not be down onto a step and then a tumble all the way down to the bottom gate. My baby has been crawling since he turned 5 months, so I don't know why the advice here is to wait until 8 or 9 months. As soon as your baby starts getting around on their own, start looking out for hazards. The big problem I have is that he wants to pull on power cords so I'm going out today to pick up some outlet covers. Have fun with your little ones :)

mummypotamus |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

My son is 10 months old and i have done NO "child proofing" in my home. I close the door to the basement and usually the bathroom. The world isn't going to protect and move everything out of the way for them so im not going to remove every possible hazard out of his way. Yes, chemicals should be our of reach, but that's the only thing i have moved. The only thing im thinking about moving now is the dog food dish- he cannot stay out of it. But i have no idea where to put it.... He's learning "no" so he doesn't pull on anything he shouldn't. When he gets older and learns to walk i might go out and get the corner protector things. Bumps, bruises and scrapes are all apart of being a kid.

kaityh |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

I've had to hire an appliance repair Reston VA firm when my baby girl started crawling. There were so many things to do I just couldn't handle all myself. I'm pretty handy with a screwdriver but that's about all I can do around the house. They've gave me a list of things to buy and in one day they've made my house from dangerous to absolutely baby safe. The only problem was getting rid of all the safety locks when my girl was big enough.

johannabartley |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Gates and plugs for outlets. Keep important stuff up high or stuff that he or she is gonna get into.

iloveu4ever |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

My daycare provider suggested that I "borrow" her daughter for a half hour. We let her go through the house (with her mom and us watching). It was so nice to see exactly what she would go towards and what exactly she could reach.

Anne Mommy |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Have you ever thought about vinyl fencing?I don't know if this fencing is ok for a house on the inside but maybe you can create a new design based on vinyl.Who know maybe you can come up with a great idea that can be sold very good.

Markuan1 |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

You should try visiting a few home design websites and see what they recommend for child proofing your house. That is how I did with my baby. It was the best solution.

xxWandAxx |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

The bets option to keep your kids safe at this age is to buy baby crawler or baby prams for them because they keep them secure in the case of an accident like hitting a wall.

harun55 |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Would love to know whatever happend to supervising your kids? Who are all these people that let their kids roam the house unsupervised that they feel the need to bubble wrap everything to prevent injury?! Other than a baby gate for our stairs to the basement which have no door, I'm not going to spend rediculous amounts of money on plastic devices to "keep my child safe". I supervise her. She is either worn, or in her play yard, or bounce seat or when crawling about someone is right there with her to redirect her. What is so hard about that? I hate going into homes with door knob coovers and you can't open a cabinet without providing fingerprints and dna! Other than outlet covers, none of these devices even existed when I was a child and neither myself, my sister, nor any of our friends sufffered greatly from any of these so-called hazzards. Stickers on the glass...seriously? I've even seen adds for crawling helmets, for kids who 'crawl too fast'. Well guess what, you hit your head once on a sliding glasss door, you won't do it again. We need to spend time, not money, raising kids.

sassyfirechick |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

You should put a gate up in front the stairs put cords away and plug up the outlets with safety plugs.

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Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

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Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Keep your sharp objects away from reach of the baby. Make sure the ground is clean and sharp free. Don't let the baby crawl near to the stairs. Just keep an eye of your precious one for sure. :) Have a great day!

yish1 |

Q&A: Babyproofing for crawling baby?

Babyproofing your house can be hard sometimes because if you were used to a certain way of living, the baby will transform you into someone who really pays attention to anything. If you don't trust your nanny or if you have trouble with a member of your family who stays from time to time with your child, there are certain actions that you can take. The best security cameras are the ones that don't make noise and you can find affordable models online.

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