Keep Your Baby Safe

Leaving Your Purse Lying Around

Risk: It's a hard habit to break: You come in the door, you drop your purse on the floor. Your handbag, though, may be filled with sharp objects (such as a nail file), choking hazards (such as paper clips and coins), and poisons (such as medications and some cosmetics).

Remedy: Put your purse on a high shelf or another out-of-reach place as soon as you enter the house. "A key part of babyproofing is simply developing good habits," Cowles says. "That way it's not a hassle -- it's just what you do automatically."

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