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What should I do to get my home ready for my newborn baby?

They may be tiny and not very mobile, but there are still plenty of potential hazards to be aware of around a newborn baby. Babies like to put things in their mouths. Keep all small items out of reach of your child, as babies can choke easily. Likewise, do not leave string, ribbons or any item which could strangle your baby within their arms' reach. Keep plastic bags, blankets, scarves and any product that could smother your baby well away. Newborn babies can smother silently - always be vigilant about what is within their reach. Install fly screens on all windows to prevent wasps or mosquitoes from entering your nursery or living areas. Ensure that all toys and baby equipment have an 'Australian safety standards' sticker.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Newborn baby care and safety


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