Resources for New Moms

Prevent Burns

Babies ages 6 to 12 months grab at everything and how far they can reach changes every day. Make sure they can’t reach items that can burn them with these tips: 

  • NEVER leave cups of hot coffee, tea, or other hot drinks on the table or counter edges where your baby might reach. 
  • NEVER carry hot liquids or food near your baby or while holding your baby. He or she could get burned.
  • Don’t let your baby crawl or walk around stoves, wall or floor heaters, or other hot appliances.  
  • Put your child in a playpen, crib, or buckled in a high chair when you’re cooking, eating, or unable to provide your full attention to what baby is doing.
  • Adjust your water heater to no more than 120°F. 
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially in the furnace room and sleeping areas.  
  • Test the alarms every month. It is best to use smoke alarms that use long-life batteries, but if you do not, change the batteries at least once a year. 


If your baby does get burned, put cold water on the burned area immediately. Keep the burned area in cold water for a few minutes to cool it off. Then cover the burn loosely with a dry bandage or clean cloth and call your child’s provider.