As new parents, you will want to do everything possible to keep your child safe. Here are 5 extra tips for keeping your tot safe…during sleep:

  • Never leave yourtoddleralone on an adult bed.Children often roll in their sleep and can hit their heads very hard if they roll off.

  • Install smoke alarms. If you already have them, check to make sure they work.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in the hallway near your bedrooms.

  • Store an easy-to-grab fire extinguisher on each floor.

  • Make an escape plan in case of an emergency (like a fire). If you live high above the ground, keep a rope ladder and a fire evacuation hood on hand.

After you install your alarms and buy your extinguishers, give your insurance company a call. They should give you a substantial discount on your bill for taking all these precautions.

About Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, is the founder of Happiest Baby and the inventor of the groundbreaking SNOO Smart Sleeper. After years of treating patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Karp vaulted to global prominence with the release of the bestselling Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block. His celebrated books and videos have since become standard pediatric practice, translated into more than 20 languages and have helped millions of parents. Dr. Karp’s landmark methods, including the 5 S’s for soothing babies, guide parents to understand and nurture their children and relieve stressful issues, like new-parent exhaustion, infant crying, and toddler tantrums.

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