Taking care of your baby's basic needs--feeding and changing--can be time-consuming, but this is no excuse for ignoring safety precautions that keep potential hazards in check, especially at home.

You should regularly baby-proof your home as safety issues change as your child grows older. Check the slide show below for some basic rules gleaned from Your Baby's First Year, a book developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Check out these FN articles for more home safety and cleanliness tips:

(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Do It Smarter section as "Keep Baby Safe" in October 2009; adapted for use in Female Network)
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