September is baby safety month making it a good time to educate yourself on baby health and wellness, and to make sure your home is safe for your little one. Ideally, it is best to baby-proof before baby gets here, but as all new parents know it is never too late to baby-proof, and there will likely always be something you missed. Remember, baby-proofing is an ongoing process, and it is always better to be safe than sorry! We found 12 must-have baby safety items that should be in every home:
For some reason every baby on the move is drawn to outlets. Which is why you can never have too many outlet plugs in your home. These outlet plugs are very simple to use and protect your child against accidental electric shock. This package includes 36 individual outlet plugs.
Buy here: Mommy’s Helper Outlet Plugs
As soon as your baby begins walking, you will want to use these Baby Proofing Edge & Corner Guards on every piece of furniture and tables with sharp or pointy edges. The corner guard softens the impact if baby happens to fall or run into the furniture. This product is made with pure ingredients and contains no BPA, no phtalates, no heavy metals, no latex, and is inherently flame resistant. Secure the guard with easy-to-peel double-sided tape that will securely fasten the guard to furniture.
Buy here: Baby Proofing Edge & Corner Guards
If you have stairs, a baby gate is a must. This premium gate is functional and fashionable, featuring a dark wood gate combined with a steel frame. Unlike other gates, this gate features an innovative auto-close mechanism allowing it to automatically swing shut, ensuring baby does not get through.
Buy here: Munchkin Auto Close Modern Baby Gate
Simple yet effective, this 3M Adhesive Sliding Door Lock is the perfect way to stop your baby from opening the sliding glass doors. You can also use this lock for sliding closets, doors, and windows. To lock, simply lift both side wings. To unlock, fold down the wings.
Buy here: 3M Adhesive Sliding Door Lock
Looking for a way to keep baby out of your cabinets? Featuring easy installation (and no drilling), this powerful magnetic lock is the perfect way to keep your cabinets secure. Best yet, the lock is installed on the inside of the cabinet, keeping it out of view from both baby and your guests.
Buy here: Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System
Rectal thermometers are the most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature. This Rectal Thermometer has a flexible tip and over-insertion guard to make it easy for you to take baby’s temperature. New parents are always concerned about fevers, sniffles, and colds, so before you bring baby home, make sure you pick up an accurate, quality thermometer.
Buy here: Rectal Thermometer
There is nothing worse than seeing your baby stuffy and congested so a good humidifier is key to at-home care. The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier safely moisturizes the air for up to 16 hours, giving your baby some relief to breathe easier and catch some zzzz’s.
Keep an eye on baby from afar. This is the first-ever infant monitor with an interchangeable optical lens. The Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor has a long battery life of 10 hours, with a power-saving mode. Sleep soundly knowing that you will hear everything from your little one’s room with this baby monitor.
Buy here: Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor
Cords are a serious danger frequently overlooked by new parents. This cord winder keeps your blinds and windows safe for baby by keeping those perilous strings out of sight and out of mind. This simple solution requires no tools or hardware to install and fits all blinds.
Buy here: Rhoost Blind Cord Wind Up
These Safety First Stove Knob Covers blend in great with your home decor while also keeping your tot away from the stove. Available in both black and white so you can match your kitchen appliances.
Buy here: Safety First Stove Knob Covers
Prevent your toddler from getting into the toilet with Mommy’s Helper Toilet Seat Lid-Lok. This toilet lock is easy for adults to use and will keep your little walker from playing in the potty.
Buy here: Mommy’s Helper Toilet Seat Lid-Lok
The last thing you want is your child to be able to open doors on his own. Keep your child safe with these door knob covers that come in a pack of 4. These are easy for adults to use, but still keep children indoors and out of dangerous areas.
Buy here: Door Knob Covers
To read more on child safety, check out 10 Things Every Child Should Know About Home Safety.