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Baby-Proofing Tips

Baby-Proofing Tips and Products:


  • Always stay close enough to touch your child when he or she is in or near water and watch them every second. Being safe in the bath also means being mindful of other bathtime hazards, like the water spout. Use a soft cover to prevent little heads from being knocked into the water spout.

o   Product: Boon Flo Faucet/Spout Cover

  • Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. Keep them from toilet germs and drowning by locking the toilet lid.

o   Product: Kidco Auto Toilet Lock

  • Excessively hot water from the tap causes thousands of burns every year, some of which can be fatal. To prevent burns, keep the water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or just below the medium setting. Parents should always test the temperature of the water with a thermometer before giving a child a bath and stay with the child at all times so they don't touch the hot water faucet.

o   Product:  Froggy Water Thermometer

  • The best way to prevent children from the many hazards in the bathroom is to keep them out altogether. Installing knob locks on all bathroom doors.

o   Product:  Clear Door Knob Lock / Clear Door Level Lock

Living Room

  • Safety gates should be installed at the top and bottom of stairs and across entryways to help prevent falls. Use pressure mounted gates for entryways and wall mounted gates for top and bottom of stairs. Also, place a baby gate at the nursery door so if your mobile baby manages to get out of their crib, they're trapped in the nursery and won't wander around the house without your knowledge.

o   Product: Evenflo Top of Stair Gate

  • Prevent children from sticking objects into electrical outlets/electrical shock by protecting outlets with wall outlet plugs

o   Product:  White outlet cover (3-pack) from Kidco

  • Accidental falls are one of the most common injuries in the home. Parents should use cushiony corner guards on all table corners and edges, as well as fireplace corners to prevent cuts, bumps and scrapes

o   Product:  Prince Lionheart Cushiony Table Edge, Corner and Fire Place Guards (each sold separately)

  • Children like to climb. Keep furniture like dressers and bookshelves adhered to walls with straps that attach to the furniture and wall so it doesn't tip onto little climbers.

o   Product:  Kidco Anti-Tip Furniture Straps


  • Keep a watchful eye, and ear, on baby when sleeping. Whether its just a quick nap or bedtime, check on sleeping children periodically to make sure everything's okay. A baby monitor in the nursery can be helpful so you will hear any commotion.

o   Product:  Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor by Summer Infant 

  • When putting babies to sleep in a crib, they should always be on their backs facing up.
  • Parents should remove all items from the crib, including pillows, comforters, pillow-like bumper pads, stuffed toys and other soft products.

o   Product:  Halo SleepSacks

§  Instead of loose blankets in the crib, parents should use zip-up sleep sacks to keep babies warm and safe during sleep, and to prevent suffocation. 

  • Furniture in the nursery, especially the crib, should never be near a window since babies can grab a hold of window blind cords that pose a strangulation hazard. Parents should use wind-ups the cords to keep them out of baby's reach.

o   Product:  Safety 1st Blind Cord Wind-Ups


  • Some of the most common dangers in the kitchen are fires and burns, and parents should never leave the kitchen while cooking. Food or drinks that can cause burns, like coffee or hot containers, should never be close to the edge of a counter or table.
  • Teach children from an early age to remain at least three feet away from the stove. Apply masking tape around the stove to mark the do-not-enter area.
  • When using the stove, be sure to use the back burners and turn pot and pan handles away from the edge toward the back.
  • Also installing a heat-resistant stove guard will create a plastic barrier between children's fingers and possible stovetop hazards and installing knob covers by installing knob covers that prevent children from turning on the stove.
    • Product:  Prince Lionheart Stove Guard
  • To make sure that the baby is the only one who can't turn on the stove, the hinged lid allows parents to easily access to the stove knobs without having to remove the covers

o   Product:  Safety 1st 5 Pack Clearview Stove Knob covers

  • Many households keeps dangerous items like cleaning supplies, pet food, medicine, vitamins, beer, wine, liquor and matches and lighters in the kitchen. Parents should use latches for cabinets and drawers to keep these potential dangers out of children's reach.

o   Product:  Safety 1st Secure Tech Cabinet Lock


  • Prevent suffocation by not hanging anything around baby's neck, including a pacifier.  To keep a pacifier from falling on the floor and getting infected with germs, consider a pacifier that closes.

o   Product: Raz Baby Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier  

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