Babyproof Your Bash

by Alison Bell

Babyproof Your Bash

Say "No" to noisemakers

They fall apart easily and could become a choking hazard. Plus, all that extra racket also makes tired babies cry.

Skip the party hats

The elastic bands bite children's necks, and babies are bound to gnaw on them. You could give each baby a gift of a brightly colored bib to wear. They're useful and will have a life beyond the party.

Be careful with balloons

Latex ones are a choking hazard when deflated or popped. Mylar balloons are a better, and safe, bet.

Don't serve…

…hot dogs, nuts, raisins, hard candies, raw carrots,grapes, or popcorn, since children under 3 can choke on them. Better choices: chicken, pasta, pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and peeled apple slices.

Watch the candle on the cake (or skip it)

You may need to swoop in and grab your baby's hand if she tries to snatch it before it's blown out.