9 Child-Proofing Must-Haves

Vita Guard Medicine Safe
Bryan McCay
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.
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Make Baths Safe

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Protect Little Hands

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Prevent Toilet Trouble

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

Bath time is supposed to be fun, not dangerous. Start by making sure the temperature is just right and never take your hands off your baby in the tub. Follow these child safety tips to baby proof your bathroom and help keep your child safe when he’s taking a bath or just exploring the room.

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.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Take Care of Your Coffee Table

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Avoid Electrocution Accidents

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Make Rooms Off-Access

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Keep Drawers Shut

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

Not only can it be tricky for crawling babies and toddlers to get around in a crowded living room, little ones can also be injured by heavy objects falling on them. Follow these child safety tips to baby proof your living room and help keep your child safe.

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Gate Off Stairs and Problem Areas

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

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

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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