Baby Proofing Your Home: The Do's and Don'ts (page 2)

Baby Proofing Your Home: The Do

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Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Stuff You Don't Need

The baby safety industry is worth millions of dollars, which means plenty of inventors come up with gear that's painted as "necessary" for your baby's safety. However, some of the silly products, while enticing, are completely unnecessary—and sometimes even dangerous.

  • Bath seats. While you definitely want to practice safe bathing with your baby, bath seats, which lock baby into an upright position, could be dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that they could cause underwater entrapment and drowning. Besides that, no matter what safety gear you have, you should never leave baby unattended near water, no matter how shallow.
  • Bump helmets. While some babies require helmets for cranium reshaping, helmets that are simply to protect your baby from bumps and bruises are tempting, but unnecessary. All babies and toddlers are naturally clumsy, but under your watchful eye, your baby will only need a guiding hand to keep him safe.
  • Car seat add-ons. While they might help keep your baby warm, occupied or comfortable, it's never OK to use a product with your car seat that has not been approved by it's manufacturer. In some cases, products that come between your baby's body and the car seat straps and other components could completely void your car seat warranty.

While the whole idea of baby proofing might leave you feeling nervous about impending parenthood, it's all about common sense. As your baby grows and develops, you'll know his personality well enough that you can anticipate possible hazards based on his mobility and sense of curiosity. A trip to the baby supply store and a free afternoon means you can complete a task on your baby prep checklist—first new parent worry session? Check!

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