While your baby may not be ready to whoop it up at a holiday party, she may be around, so...
While your baby may not be ready to whoop it up at a holiday party, she may be around, so it pays to make your holiday parties safe for little ones.

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Technically, parties and babies don't mix well. However, to create a safe party environment if your baby is in the house, do the following: No hanging tablecloths - red tablecloths may make the season bright, but your newly walking babe can pull on right off a table. Silverware, candles, flowers, and more can come tumbling down on her. Plus, tabletop items are safety hazards for babies. Hold the appetizers - tiny bite size meats, cheeses, and raw veggies, not to mention the fancy toothpicks are all choking hazards. Keep them out of reach. Too young to drink - I know I don't have to say this, but make sure alcohol and baby beverages don't get mixed up. Clear alcohol amazingly resembles 7UP, juices, and water in many cases. Decorate minimally and carefully - sharp decor like pine needles on a wreath, mistletoe that falls on the floor, and holly berries are all dangerous. If you use these, make sure they're secure, and up high. Keep the noise to a dull roar - babies have sensitive little ears. Loud music and too many voices is scary and can be damaging to a baby's hearing. Also read: Five baby holiday dangers

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