Is Your Newborn Baby Safe?

Complete this checklist to see whether you have a safe home environment for your newborn.

  1. Do you place your baby on her back to sleep?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  2. Does your baby sleep in a cot?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  3. If you share bed with your baby, do you place him in a basket to separate him from you?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  4. If you share bed with your baby, does he have his own blanket?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  5. If you or other adults share bed with the baby, have the adults taken alcohol or drug?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  6. Do you sleep with your baby on sofa?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  7. Does your baby wear light and comfortable clothing at bedtime?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  8. Do you put items (other than beddings) in your baby’s bed?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  9. Do you place your baby to sleep on soft and fluffy objects like quilt, soft pillow, sheepskin or bean bag?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  10. Is your baby’s sleeping area well-ventilated with a comfortable temperature?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  11. Do you provide a smoke-free environment to your baby?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  12. Is the distance between the vertical bars of the baby cot less than 6 cm (2.5 inches)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  13. Does the mattress fit well with the baby cot without any gaps?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  14. Is the height of the cot rails more than 3/4 of your baby’s height?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  15. Have you ever left your baby alone on the sofa or bed without guards (even for just a brief moment)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  16. When you put your baby in a stroller, do you buckle the safety straps and keep the wheels locked?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  17. Do you use a baby bath basin for bathing your baby?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  18. When preparing to bathe your baby, do you put cold water in before hot water and test the water temperature with your elbow?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  19. Do you keep your baby away from hot water at all times?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  20. Are all feeding equipment (including feeding bottles, teats, tongs) sterilized before use?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  21. Is each formula feed freshly made?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  22. Do you reheat milk in a microwave oven?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable
  23. Do you check the milk temperature before feeding the baby?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable

Desirable conditions

  1. Yes
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. No
  6. No
  7. Yes
  8. No
  9. No
  10. Yes
  11. Yes
  12. Yes
  13. Yes
  14. Yes
  15. No
  16. Yes
  17. Yes
  18. Yes
  19. Yes
  20. Yes
  21. Yes
  22. No
  23. Yes

Congratulations if your answers are the same as the desirable conditions. You have provided a safe environment for your baby. If any of your answers are ‘Not Applicable’, you still need to stay alert of the situation as it may happen in the future. If any of your answers are contrary to the desirable conditions, please take appropriate measures to ensure your baby’s safety.

(Published 03/2017)