Parenting in the Early Years


Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death to children ages 14 and under. With education and properly used child safety products, injuries are preventable.

At the Kohl's Safety Center, located within the American Family Children's Hospital, parents and families have an opportunity to practice using different types of safety products. Brochures on preventing childhood injury are also available to families.

Staff at the Safety Center are trained to teach you how to properly install and use safety products. Staff is also available to answer your general questions about preventing childhood injury.

The Kohl's Safety Center offers a variety of child safety products at a low cost, including the following items:

  • Bike and ski helmets
  • Child safety seats, including booster seats
  • Safety gates
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Outlet plugs
  • Furniture straps
  • Drawer latches and cabinet locks
  • Gun locks
  • Secure Solutions Childproofing Kit


Each year nationwide, 12 to 18 babies from birth to six months are kidnapped by people who are not members of their families. They are taken from hospitals, homes, shopping malls, parking lots and other places that parents take their babies.

As a new parent, it is important that you are watchful over your baby to keep your baby safe. This practice should start in the hospital.

Safety in the Hospital

  • Never leave your baby unsupervised
  • If you leave your room for any reason, take your baby with you or return your baby to the nursery
  • Never remove the electronic safety or identification bracelet while in the hospital
  • When napping, close the door to your room and place the crib near the head of your bed
  • When in the bathroom, close the door to your room and place the crib in a place within your view
  • Never give your baby to anyone without hospital photo identification
  • Question persons unfamiliar to you who are entering your room or inquiring about your baby
  • Be sure to know the nurse who is assigned to take care of you and your baby on each shift
  • Routine lab work can be drawn in your room by laboratory staff members.
  • Question any unfamiliar persons, even those with proper hospital clothes and identification, who come to take your baby for any unusual tests or examinations. Always ask:
    • Where the test will be done
    • How long the test will take 
    • Who ordered the test
    • Call your nurse to check this information

Your nurses also need to know family members and friends who are allowed to take your baby outside of your room without you. You will need to make a list of all persons authorized to take your baby outside of your room. These people must be on the list and have proper photo identification before the baby is released to them.

Safety in the Home

Carefully think about the risks associated with placing your baby's birth announcement in the newspaper or placing outdoor decorations and signs on your lawn for the birth announcement. The use of these announcements may not be safe.

Never leave your baby unsupervised for any reason. Do not leave your baby alone in a parked car. Always keep your baby in view in public places. Be alert to unfamiliar persons asking questions about your baby's care such as where your baby sleeps and what your baby eats.

Other Safety Information

Following are some tips to ensure your infant is safe.

  • Always use an approved car seat when you travel with your infant
    • Infant 36 weeks or younger should be tested to see if they need to ride in an infant car bed
  • Place emergency numbers by the telephone
    • Dial 911 to contact the police, fire department or ambulance.
  • This is a good time to install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide monitors and fire extinguishers in your home.