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    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Think Like a Toddler: 12 Babyproofing Steps You May Have Missed
    Outlets, stairs, and cleaners are no-brainers when it comes to babyproofing your home, but what about the not-so-obvious dangers in your household? This list highlights everyday items that can become threats to your child, and tips to keep your b...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Babyproofing Basics: The Top Hazards in Your Home
    Let's face it - babies and toddlers have the uncanny ability to get into everything. Those curious hands and climbing legs may be cute, but they can also have dangerous consequences. Be aware of the most common household hazards, and follow these...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Kids
    Home Safety
    Suffocation Hazards
    Suffocation Hazards A baby can suffocate if something covers his mouth and nose, thus preventing breathing. Plastic bags and soft bedding are the main culprits. A portion of the deaths that have been attributed to sudden infant death syndrome (S...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Advice on Childproofing Your Home
    Advice on Childproofing Your Home Would you ever have guessed that a little piece of metal that has innocently fallen from an appliance can choke a child? Even the most immaculate housekeeper, unless she is completely compulsive, is going to hav...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Childproofing Your Home for Your Toddler
    Childproofing Your Home for Your Toddler Q-tip If you want to discourage your young climber from scaling the pantry shelves and kitchen counters, you might find it worthwhile to store foods that are safe for her on lower shelves and in lower cab...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Childproofing Your Home
    Childproofing Your Home Danger is your baby's middle name. As she begins to crawl throughout your home in search of new adventures and discoveries, she will invent new ways of getting herself into trouble. You and your partner need to serve as y...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Crawling
    How to Keep Your Crawling Baby Safe
    How to Keep Your Crawling Baby Safe Babyproofing Although pressure gates work fine at the bottom of a flight of stairs, they provide inadequate protection at the top of the stairs. If your baby falls into a pressure gate, uses it to pull himself...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Crawling
    How to Keep Your Crawling Baby Safe
    How to Keep Your Crawling Baby Safe Babyproofing Although pressure gates work fine at the bottom of a flight of stairs, they provide inadequate protection at the top of the stairs. If your baby falls into a pressure gate, uses it to pull himself...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards The first rule for preventing strangulation is never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby's neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small child...
  • Kids
    Home Safety
    Suffocation Hazards
    Suffocation Hazards A baby can suffocate if something covers his mouth and nose, thus preventing breathing. Plastic bags and soft bedding are the main culprits. A portion of the deaths that have been attributed to sudden infant death syndrome (S...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards The first rule for preventing strangulation is never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby's neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small child...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Child-Proofing the Kitchen
    Child-Proofing the Kitchen The kitchen area is full of knives, scissors, small appliances, breakables such as dishes and glasses, hot things such as ovens and toasters, and several intriguing little cupboard doors to tantalize a curious tot. Jus...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Child-Proofing the Living Room/Family Room
    Child-Proofing the Living Room/Family Room Gadget Guide Smoke alarms have saved countless lives. It's best to have them on every floor and especially near the bedrooms. We also strongly urge you to install carbon monoxide detectors to alert you...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Child-Proofing the Bathroom
    Child-Proofing the Bathroom Gadget Guide Did you know that young children can drown in just an inch of water? Toddlers' large heads make them top heavy; if they fall into a toilet, they may not be able to get out. The safest course is to install...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Child-Proofing the Living Room/Family Room
    Child-Proofing the Living Room/Family Room Gadget Guide Smoke alarms have saved countless lives. It's best to have them on every floor and especially near the bedrooms. We also strongly urge you to install carbon monoxide detectors to alert you...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing/Childproofing
    Safety in the Nursery
    Safety in the Nursery If you're bringing home a newborn, start your safety survey in the nursery. Your child—and you—will be spending a lot of time here. Cribs Ideally, the crib is a place for blissful sleep. Well okay, we'll admit that the ...