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Before you bring baby home: 

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Prego Power
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•    Check the safety of your baby's crib and other baby items. Many new parents welcome hand-me-down baby items from family and friends. Although it's wise to save money, some products could be unsafe if recalled or if parts are missing or loose. Unsafe cribs and other items can put your baby's life in danger. Most brand new cribs and mattresses purchased in the United States are safe. Make sure the crib conforms to the current government safety standards. Also, check to see if hand-me-down items, such as bassinets or portable cribs, have been recalled. Check for recalls and get information on buying a safe crib and mattress at the U.S. Consumer Product Information Safety Commission website. Or call them at 800-638-2772. 
•    Remove pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals from the crib to prevent your baby from suffocation. 
•    Check to see that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working. Place at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and in halls outside of bedrooms. Have an escape plan in case of fire. 
•    Put emergency numbers, including poison control, near each phone. Have at least one phone in your home connected by land line. Cordless phones do not work when the power is out, and cellphone batteries can run out. 
•    Make sure your home or apartment number is easy to see so fire or rescue can locate you quickly in an emergency. 
•    Make sure handrails are installed and secure in stairways. Always hold the handrail when using stairs, especially when holding your baby. 

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