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Trouble Spot 6: A light that can ignite
"Plug in night-lights away from drapery, where they could start a fire," says Garry Gardner, M.D., chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee of Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. "Or better yet, buy only night-lights that don't get hot." (KinderGlo and Mobi offer versions with heat-free LEDs.)

Trouble Spot 7: A changing table that puts your cutie at risk for a tumble
"An infant can fall when a parent steps away even for a few seconds," Cowles says. So storing diapering supplies far from the changing table is a no-no. Keep 'em close by and you won't have to leave your baby's side. Cowles also recommends a changing table with guardrails on all four sides, or using a contoured pad that's hollowed out in the middle.

Trouble Spot 8: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are MIA
"You should have working detectors in all bedrooms and on every level of your home," Dr. Gardner says. Even brief exposure to this odorless gas can be harmful to a baby.

Trouble Spot 9: No one on dog duty
"Never leave a pet alone with your infant, even if you think your animal is completely gentle," Cowles advises. If Fido or Frisky is in the room, you should be there too. You can't expect even the sweetest, most placid critter to understand how fragile a newborn is!

Trouble Spot 10: A loose window blind cord dangling by the crib
"The crib shouldn't be anywhere near to a window with drapery cords that can hang down," Dr. Gardner says. "They could strangle a baby." Better to use window treatments with cords that have no closed loops, or blinds with no cords at all. If you have a looped cord anywhere in the house, Dr. Gardner says, "cut it and tie it up."

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

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