How to keep your child safe
You may be the big, strong papa bear, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot protect your kids from everything.
If you're a new dad, navigating child safety, apparel and toys, and pet interaction can feel overwhelming. Jonathan Pfeiffer's new book, “Dude, You're a Dad!” (Adams Media, $13.95), focuses on what men can do to be prepared. Some tips:
• Thoroughly babyproof your home. Plug the electrical outlets, remove anything breakable and potentially harmful from your child's reach, pad sharp edges in the house, like a fireplace.
• Prepare for emergencies. Keep a first-aid kit handy at home and in your car. Keep a laminated list of important phone numbers elsewhere, say, in your wallet and in your filing cabinet. This will ensure you have access to them even if your cellphone becomes disabled or broken.
• Enroll in a child CPR class, and enroll anyone, such as a grandparent, who may spend time alone with your child. Make sure you and other caregivers know how to apply the Heimlich to an infant. You don't want to be caught unprepared.
• Study your state's rules and regulations concerning children's safety seats. Have your installation checked out at a licensed facility. You can locate the closest one by logging on to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov).
• Try to stick to age-appropriate toys for your child. Some of the age recommendations are there for your child's safety.
• Your child will require supervision during interaction with household pets. This is especially important early on, as pets react differently to new playmates.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.