Baby Safety

Guide to baby safety products

Baby safety is a topic that many new parents are rightly concerned about. The unfortunate truth is that many everyday situations can be dangerous to babies or toddlers, whose natural curiosity and lack of experience can combine to pose significant safety risks.

You'll want to start by baby-proofing your house and stocking up on the essential products and supplies that you'll need to ensure your little bundle of joy stays safe and happy.

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Baby-Proofing Your Home

If you have stairs inside your home, a baby safety gate is a must-have the minute your baby learns to crawl. A good baby gate is high enough to make it impossible for an infant to get over it, yet low enough for an adult to step right over.

A crib can be fraught with hazards if you're not careful. First, the crib mattress must fit tightly, without any loose corners. Also, the side rails and headboard should be narrow enough to ensure your infant cannot slip through. Even though many crib sets come with baby pillows, experts recommend that you don't place pillows, stuffed animals or soft bedding in an infant's crib, as they pose a potential suffocation risk.

Once your baby is up and moving about, make sure to keep all small objects well out of reach. It only takes a second for a baby to put something in his or her mouth that doesn't belong there, and virtually any small object is a choking danger for a young infant.

Keep anything that could cause harm to your baby in an upper-level drawer or cabinet, and make sure that your baby cannot come into contact with any electrical sockets, heat registers, radiators, appliances or fans.

Essential Baby Safety Products

In addition to baby gates, which can be used around other hazards as well as staircases, you will get a lot of use out of a baby monitor. This device allows you to hear your baby if they start to fuss or cry in another room. It's also a good idea to have a baby first aid kit containing health products with special safety features.

Experts recommend that you use anal baby thermometers for infants under six months of age, ear thermometers for those six months and older, and oral thermometers for school-aged children. If you're taking your child outdoors, don't forget the baby sunscreen – children are especially prone to sunburn, given the sensitivity of their skin.

Following these tips will get you off to a safe start. And remember: though there are many helpful baby safety products on the market, there is no substitute for parental supervision.