5 ways to reduce common hazards

Assess critical areas such as stairs (inside and outside), kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and garage.

Put hazardous products out of a child’s reach. Put them in a locked or other secure storage area. Remember, kids are smart and imaginative explorers.

Establish safety rules for all family members and visitors too.

Be Prepared! Take a course in CPR and First Aid. Have a first aid kit on hand. Make a list of emergency numbers readily available for use by others such as neighbors, relatives and baby-sitter.

Never leave your child unsupervised
There is no product or service that can guarantee your child’s safety at all times. The ultimate responsibility is YOURS.

Baby Safety Tips

Kitchen Safety
Keep fire extinguisher, baking soda and pan top near stove to put out fire. Never pour water on a grease fire!
Cook using back burners, turn handles inward, and teach child oven is hot when light is on.
Don’t allow child to play on floor by the stove when you’re cooking.
Reserve drawer for Tupperware, books not pots and pans.
Restrict dishwasher access: sharp utensils, poisonous detergent, sharp edges, climbing hazard.
Unplug small appliances when not in use.
Lock knives in drawer, don’t leave in block on counter.
Don’t forget to lock away vegetable peelers, grapefruit spoons, apple corers, and other sharp and potentially dangerous kitchen tools.
Keep garbage container lid closed and locked away.
Remove tablecloths, child could pull hot liquid, food on them.
Make sure magnets on refrigerator are not small enough to become a choking hazard.
Never leave buckets of water on the floor where your child could fall in head first and drown.
Store plastic bags and boxes of plastic wrap (serrated edges) out of reach, along with anything else that might be breakable, pose a strangulation or suffocation risk.

Bathroom Safety
Never leave your child alone in the bathtub!
Keep hair dryers, electric shavers and curling irons put away. Your child could yank on cord, bringing it crashing on his head, they also pose a strangulation and electrocution hazard.
Keep first aid kit and book as well as activated charcoal on hand.
Make sure outlets near water are GFCI.
Keep child away from cosmetics, perfumes, mouthwash, cleaning products and medications with drawer and cabinet latches.
Check trashcan for hazards, especially when guests visit, get trashcans with lids.
Use soft covers over faucets to protect little heads and use non-skid bath mats that cover the entire bottom of tub.
Set water heater <120 degrees or lower to prevent scalding.
Install toilet lid lock-toddlers just starting to pull themselves up are at the greatest risk of falling into the toilet and drowning.
Dispose of used razors, unused medication and other garbage in a safe place outside of bathroom.

Nursery Safety
Install spring-loaded toy box support for lid and make sure there are ventilation holes.
Bumper pads should have at least 6 ties and fit snugly. Crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
Never put wall hangings over crib, if your child pulls down, it could become a smothering hazard, as well as a choking hazard if the nail comes out of the wall.
Always put baby to sleep on back or side, never on adult bed (especially water bed).
Keep plush toys, quilts and comforters out of crib.
Mobile strings should be no longer than 6 in., remove when child is 5-7 months old or can push up.
When your child is 35 inches tall, move to a bed

Living Room Safety
Secure all electrical cords so your child can't pull down heavy lamps, etc.
Make sure shelves, bookcases and wall units are properly secured
Watch for purses, often they contain dangerous cosmetics, prescription medications, nail files, pens�keep out of child's reach.
Remove gas jet key from fireplace.
Don't plan on training your baby or toddler to stay away from breakables, keep out of reach.
Don't place furniture near item child can climb onto, or out of (window)
Protect child from sharp edges on fireplace hearth.
Place decals/stickers on sliding glass doors.

Bedroom Safety
Never put your child to sleep on an adult bed, especially a water bed.
Remove dry-cleaning bags from clothes before you hang them in closet

Laundry Room Safety
Off limits, restrict with gate, automatic door closer, cabinet and drawer latches and a door lock.

Garage Safety
Replace automatic garage door with one that has sensing device.
Restrict access with door lock, automatic door closer.

Fire and Electrical Safety
(Call the Austin Fire Department Prevention Hotline (512) 448-8309 for additional information.)
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, in the kitchen and outside each sleeping area. Test them once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
Keep fire extinguisher handy on each floor of your house and know how to use them. An A-B-C type fire extinguisher contains chemicals that extinguish wood, flammable substances such as grease and oil, plus electrical equipment.
Have a family escape plan and practice it often. Decide on two emergency exits from each room. If children are young, decide in advance who will be responsible for getting them out of the house. Designate a meeting place outside of your home.
If you live in a 2-story home, make sure you have a fire escape ladder, practice evacuating from your home.
Store flammables (paint, paint thinner, kerosene) outside of home in shed.
Don't overload outlets. If appliance is not in use, unplug it.
Careless cooking is the #1 cause of household fires. If cooking oil catches fire, slide a close-fitting lid or larger pan over the pan to smother the flames, then turn burner off. Use baking soda to put fire out, never throw flour or water on a grease fire. Keep stove and oven clean because built-up grease and food particles are easily ignited.

Carbon Monoxide Safety
Install a carbon Monoxide detector on each floor of your home.
Inspect flues and chimneys for cracks, corrosion, holes, debris or blockages.

Poison Prevention
(Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222)
Remove toxic plants from home and find out if yard plants are harmful.
Move harmful agents to upper cabinets and lock up. Always keep cleaning products in their original containers. This way you can tell Poison Control what your child drank or ingested.
Don't tell your child medicine tastes like candy!

try again

They say the greatest mistake is giving up. That true strength lies in the will to keep trying. Keep hoping things will get better. Keep reminding yourself of all you’ve accomplished. Keep everything in prospective. Keep up the fight. Because at the end of the day, that’s what you’re left with. The knowledge that you did your best, and you’ll wake up tomorrow and try again.


Insecurity. It’ s in all of us. That voice inside that tells us that we can’ t do something, that we’ re not good enough, that we shoudn’ t even try. And when we listen to the voice we hold ourselves back in ways we don’ t even realise. All because we’ re scared to take a chance, to face our fears, to see what we’ re really capable of.


“Thoughts become words, words become action, actions become habits, habits become character..and character? Well, character become destiny.
It’ s a hard thing to look deep down and examine our character.
Will you do the right thing even when no one is looking?
When it´s not convenient? When it´s really hard?
Will we do the rights things simply because we have to?
Because is who we are.
Because it’s right.”

10 Things I Never Would Have Said Before I Became a Parent

Get that (crayon, Lego, carrot, finger) out of your nose!

Get that (crayon, Lego, carrot, finger) out of your brother’s nose!

Who put my cell phone in the toilet?

Sure! I’d love to watch some more Wiggles!

You spit that in my hand right now!

Please, for the last time, do not pee in the sprinkler!

Why is there a toad in my kitchen sink?

Do I have to remind you that we keep our pants on in McDonalds?

If you two keep up that farting contest, someone is going to poop in their pants and then you’ll both be in trouble!

From the movie Baby Mama. “Is that poop or chocolate?”