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New Baby Safety Checklist

Having a new baby in the house can be exciting for new parents. How do couples that are brand new at raising children make sure they have everything they need to keep their baby happy, healthy and safe? Parents Magazine has devised a checklist for all new parents to review to make sure they are doing all they can to welcome baby into a safe and happy environment.

1. Post All Emergency Information In Plain View
Having a new baby in the house means having lots of visitors as well. Relatives and friends may be caring for the new baby during post delivery doctor visits or much needed naps. Be sure this information is available for sitters in plain site. Numbers such as poison control, fire, police and the closest hospital are posted for easy viewing in case of an emergency.

2. Start A File
Babies come with lots of paperwork. Medical records, shot records, birth certificates and social security cards should be kept together for easy access.

3. Make A Will
Although this may be the last thing on your mind after bringing home a new baby, it is one of the most important things you can do for your child. We never know when an accident will happen. Being prepared is key to making sure your child and belongings are properly cared for if something happens to you.

4. Check Your Insurance Coverage
Now is a good time to make sure your entire family is covered under your current insurance policy. You may need more coverage to include your new bundle of joy. You can check out for best rates for the type of insurance you need to cover your growing family.

5. Start A College Savings Plan
You may not realize it now, but childhood goes by so fast. Before you know it, your little bundle of joy will be needing his/her college fund. If you open a 529 plan, these accounts let you put away money for tuition tax free! You can log on to for more ways to save for your baby's eduction.

6. Test & Replace Smoke Detectors
Keep everyone safe by checking all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure there are detectors on all floors and close to the bedrooms. This simple step can save your baby's life during an emergency.

7. Baby Proof Your Home
Parents Magazine suggests crawling on all fours just as your baby will be doing sooner than you know it. This will help you see things that may pose a danger to your child later on. Things such as toilet lid locks, drawer locks, surge protectors and more are very important in protecting your baby from household dangers.