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Celebrate the Holidays  -- Safely

There's nothing like a new baby to make the holidays extra special. But with a curious tot in the house, you also have to make sure everything is extra safe. No need to lock up all the trimmings, but do follow these important safety precautions when decking your halls and buying gifts. For more information, talk to your doctor or visit the Academy's website at

Decorate wisely
Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable or that have small, removable parts that could be choking hazards (or at least keep them well out of your baby's reach).

Skip ornaments that look like candy or food  -- your little one may be tempted to eat them.

Keep your lit menorah or holiday candles out of your baby's reach, and don't place candles on a tablecloth that your child could pull on.

Watch out for some holiday plants. Poinsettias, holly berries, amaryllis, and mistletoe are toxic if eaten.