Baby Safety

Pregnancy and new motherhood automatically bring out the paranoid mother. Baby safety becomes a concept of obsession. You may find yourself walking around your home with a fine-tooth comb picking out all the hazards and dangers lurking in the corners. If you find yourself on your hands and knees looking under furniture and peering in corners, don't worry, you're off to a great start.

Most baby safety and childproofing experts say that's the best way to start childproofing your home. You can see the world from your baby's eyes on your hands and knees: exposed electrical outlets, areas that fingers and heads can get stuck in, sharp corners, cleaning supplies, toxic plants, heavy objects, hot water taps. All the hidden dangers of home become bright beacons waiting to be explored and removed.

Curious babies and toddlers left unattended, even for a moment, seem to find the most dangerous objects to play with or wander into the one room that isn't childproofed. The upset and guilt caused by serious injury in the home is hard to let go and forget. A little common sense and understanding of the hidden dangers and how best to avoid them is all you need to ensure your house is adequately childproofed.

The most common issues of baby safety are often out in open. Stairs that are accessible are tempting new challenges to babies beginning to crawl or walk. Doors inside your home and leading out of your home lead to tempting unexplored territory for curious babies and toddlers. Cupboards and drawers house all types of cleaning supplies, medications, and knives. Hot water taps are especially dangerous to tender skin. Electrical outlets, sharp edges on furniture, loose cables, glass objects including picture frames -- the hazards are everywhere, and they are also easily removed by placing dangerous objects out of reach and installing childproofing productsaround the house.

The bad news is about 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards and dangers in the home each year. The good news is that many of these accidents and injuries can be prevented by using simple baby safety devices available in most stores. Any baby safety device you buy should be strong enough to thwart and protect your baby, yet easy for you to use. No baby safety device is completely childproof; many determined babies have been known to disable childproofing gadgets installed around the house. The best childproofing device is you. All the gadgets in the world won't protect your baby if your watchful eye isn't the first line of defense.

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