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It seems like there are just so many gizmo’s and gadgets that can be bought in the name of child safety or baby-proofing. Which devices or equipment do you consider essential and which ones are unnecessary expenses?
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There really is so much out there! The things that we use the most are:
Baby gates - for the stairs
Stove knob covers
Latches for the cabinets (though I find sometimes a strong hair tie or rubber band also works well to keep doors shut)
Summer Play Yard - this will be really handy this summer outside and on the deck
We have also grown to prefer wifi cameras instead of baby monitors. We like being able to use our phone, and also share the app with grandparents when they are babysitting. I can do a lot more outside (within a safe distance, of course) while keeping an eye on my napping little one. The range is much better, and one less gadget to charge.
Good question and this could be an excellent resource for an expecting or new mom.
Child safety equipment is important and gives a parent peace of mind that their home and child are safe.
Here are a few of the top safety gadgets that I recommend.
Baby gate- especially for steps
The highest-rated car seat that you can afford
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors- placed as directed throughout the house
Video monitoring "baby" cam
Pool alarms, even for small pools
Safety latches and locks for cabinets and drawers
Door latches or safety knob covers
Corner and edge bumpers
Many more safety items are on the market, including tracking monitors, but these are the main "go-to" ideas to begin safety proofing your house.