Each new learning stage for your baby requires increased attention on your part to prevent an injury. It may surprise you how fast your baby can move from one stage to the next. Being aware of your baby's abilities and what skills he or she is likely to develop next will help you prevent injuries.
Always be gentle with your baby. It is important to protect your baby from a brain injury. Shaking or slapping a baby in anger can cause an injury to the brain. If a baby has been shaken or slapped, it is your responsibility to notify your health professional.
Be aware of your baby's risk of falling:
Take steps to prevent falls:
Establish good safety habits early so your child will continue them when he or she is older:
Last Revised: June 27, 2012
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