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15 Baby Safety Items Every Home Should Have

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15 Baby Safety Items Every Home Should Have

By Steve Graham, Networx

My eight-month-old boy just became mobile. As a man who stuck a finger in a power socket as a baby, I’m pretty sensitive to the dangers of curious little fingers, toes and tongues (the “taste everything” phase is now overlapping with the “roll to everything” phase). Of course, most parents are conscientious about safe cribs, toys and other items for the baby, but may overlook dangers outside the nursery and around the rest of the house. Here are 15 important baby safety items that are either in place around my house or will be there before my little man takes his first step.

1. Electric outlet covers: All open outlets should be plugged with childproof outlet covers. Ironically, these small outlet covers can become a choking hazard if you leave them lying around when you plug in an appliance. In my parents’ defense, they covered all their outlets, except the one I found hidden behind an armoire. In went my pinkie, requiring three surgeries and leaving lifelong scars. Never underestimate a baby’s curiosity.

2. Power strip covers and cord wrap: Along the same lines, cover the row of outlets in your power strips with a simple power strip cover. You can also help keep kids from unplugging cords or choking themselves by wrapping them up in a cord shortener.

3. Toilet seat safety lock: Even if you are toilet training children, keep them out of the toilet when they aren’t using it. They could contract E. coli and other diseases if they touch the toilet. They could fall in and drown, or they could plug up your plumbing dropping their toys in the bowl. Mount a childproof safety lock to keep curious fingers from opening the lid.

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10:42PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

This article consists of so much helpful tips and things but can you please suggest me any items which are affordable to me and I can purchase it for my baby's safety ? These are really very nice but I can't afford this much price !! :(

Before some time, I have read some silver cross wayfarer reviews for some stores and found that they are also good and safe for my baby and cheap for me to buy so I immediately ordered it !!

Please give me suggestions and affordable cheap items for my baby.

7:47AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Some of you are asking how your generation survived? lol Well some of you didn't or had a nice trip to the hospital. Some of you had only one kid to watch and a small living space some of you were just not very curious or active and that has lasted to this very day apparently.

2:21PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks

7:07AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Eyes, ears and running gear.

7:39PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Ta, best way is to keep babycakes in eyesight!

5:20PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Good advice. Thanks for the great posting.

12:02PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Thanks

8:52AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

I wonder how my generation survived....

2:14PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

We had to use a play pen old one to keep our puppy in who broke his leg. Well you guessed it he jumped out and broke the other one.. The Vet was like okay wait a minute here so we ditched the play pen and my son at the time was 3 yrs old and the puppy got around just fine we could always hear where he was because of the cast noise.. and our son.. good watch dog..

2:49AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

I had the fire extinguisher, fire alarm, first aid kit and the outlet covers. Anything more seemed like overkill, because I always had a good eye on my baby.

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