9 Child-Proofing Must-Haves

When it comes to baby-proofing products, what you'll need will depend on the particular features of your home. Some items, however, are nearly universal. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.

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Make Baths Safe

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Make Baths Safe

The Moby bath spout cover protects baby's head from the faucet ($13; Amazon.com).

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Protect Little Hands

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Protect Little Hands

Wrap a Safety 1st Finger Pinch Guard around the edge to prevent slams on fingers ($4.99; Amazon.com).

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Prevent Toilet Trouble

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Prevent Toilet Trouble

The potty is a shut case with the Mommy's Helper Toilet Lid-Lok ($8; Amazon.com).

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Babyproofing Your Home: Bathroom

The bathroom is not just a dangerous breeding ground for germs -- there can also be unexpected safety hazards. Follow these tips from our safety experts to babyproof the bathroom.

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Take Care of Your Coffee Table

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Take Care of Your Coffee Table

Prince Lionheart Corner Guards smooth a table's sharp edges ($8.50; Amazon.com).

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Avoid Electrocution Accidents

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Avoid Electrocution Accidents

KidCo Universal Outlet Covers feature clever sliding panels ($9 for three; Amazon.com)

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Make Rooms Off-Access

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Make Rooms Off-Access

To keep baby out of a room altogether, use a doorknob lock ($7 for two; Amazon.com).

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Keep Drawers Shut

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Keep Drawers Shut

Safety 1st's Magnetic Cabinet & Drawer Latch needs no drilling ($35 for four; Amazon.com).

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Babyproofing Your Home: Living Room

Keep the family gathering area safe by protecting little ones from sharp corners, exposed outlets, and other problematic areas.

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Gate Off Stairs and Problem Areas

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Gate Off Stairs and Problem Areas

The strong steel frame of Munchkin's Deco Gate expands extra wide ($79.99; Amazon.com).

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Keep Medications Off Limits

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Keep Medications Off Limits

It's smart to lock your medicine away in this Vita Guard Medicine Safe ($8.99; eBay.com).

Originally published in the January 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.

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