Baby-Proofing Your Holiday

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM EDT

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Baby-Proofing Your Holiday

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) A baby's first Christmas is a major milestone.

It's also a time when little ones can get themselves into some major trouble.

Pediatricians say wrappings and packages will attract baby's attention, but may also pose a choking risk.

Dr. Kim Giuliano of Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital says, "We need to be careful of wrappings and some of the plastic packaging that comes with toys. Those are definitely significant choking hazards for a young child so keep the wrapping paper, plastic wrap, away from them."

Doctors say small babies are often drawn to shiny objects, so it's important to keep little ones away from ornaments small enough to swallow or large ornaments with tiny parts that a child could choke on.

Glass ornaments can be a danger as well because they can break, putting babies at risk for cuts.

Also, parents shouldn't leave a baby alone with a Christmas tree that
could topple over, and for babies that crawl, dry tree needles on the floor could puncture tiny hands and knees.

Doctors also remind parents that some holiday plants are a hazard.

According to Dr. Giuliano, a lot of holiday plants are poisonous, specifically the poinsettias, and these are something that are attractive to a child because they often have pretty
colors, so those should be kept up out of reach or not in the household at all when you have the little ones around.

Also, candles can also be a hazard if placed where a crawling baby can grab or knock them over.

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