Every few months it seems like a new “must-have” baby safety product is released for parents. It can be very difficult to determine what you actually need and what you don’t need when it comes to baby products, from baby heart monitors to app-connected thermometers and baby cameras.
You may have heard that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has flagged some baby safety items — including the Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor — for not receiving the required approval for what is essentially a form of medical equipment. Additionally, there are ongoing class action lawsuits about burns infants allegedly sustained while wearing the sock and claims of repeated false alarms, which may be extremely stressful for new parents. (And let’s face it, as parents, we already experience enough anxiety. We don’t have to spend several hundred dollars on further anxiety.)
So how can you determine which baby safety items you actually need? I asked board-certified pediatrician Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett to explain it to us simply, and she said that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not promote items like theOwlet or other “apnea monitors” (AAP). Your baby’s pediatrician would have prescribed an apnea monitor if he or she had a respiratory issue that required one.
Poinsett asserts that after a baby begins to crawl, cruise, and walk, “the key baby safety products [that you need] are ones that make the home environment safer. Getting on all fours, parents should check for dangers by seeing what the child can reach. And sure, we are aware that babyproofing is a major hassle, but it is one of those things that simply must be done.
We followed Dr. Poinsett’s advise and discovered the greatest baby safety products currently available. Ones that you actually require, you know.
1 complete kit for baby proofing
With this beast of a kit, not even a door or a plug will be unprotected. It offers everything, and they’re all really simple to install, from cabinet locks to corner bumpers to outlet covers. It’s a fantastic beginner package, especially considering how reasonably priced it is.
2 corner bumpers for Skyla Homes
Let’s face it, how horrible must it feel to strike a kidney or a head if striking the corner of the coffee table with your shin causes you to scream more expletives than the last mayor of Chicago? Yeah, make those corners bouncing with these incredibly sticky, incredibly long-lasting corner bumpers to prevent your child from developing their language too early.
3 Up and Away | Safety for Magnetic Window Blind Cords (2-Pack)
Do you live in a house with blinds and a baby? If you do, then you really must acquire some cord wind-ups. There’s no getting around it: Parents have been known to look away for only a few minutes, causing a young child to become tangled and suffer strangling and even death. Avoid having this terrible scenario occur in your house.
4 Door stopper and Finger Pinch Guard
Make sure that children’s fingers are not entangled in closing doors. If your little infant has bigger siblings who enjoy running around the house, these finger pinch protectors are an excellent idea to have in high-traffic areas like the nursery or playroom.
Adorably kitschy, this set also includes a set of door stoppers.
5 EasyBaby items Retractable Indoor/Outdoor Baby Gate
Thankfully, this stylish retractable gate is not completely unsightly and is great for keeping your infant in one location. Additionally, if you simply unlock it while carrying your child from room to room, it will automatically retract.
You can look straight through it, and it can be as wide as 55 inches (which has been a problem with some gates).
6 Infant Thermometer
The water in a baby’s bath should be about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, in case you didn’t know.
With this floating rubber ducky bath thermometer, you can keep the water temperature in your baby’s bath just correct while also keeping your toddler amused. It runs on batteries, is waterproof, and is adorably adorable.
7 Google Nest Protect
Particularly if you recently brought a newborn child home from the hospital, you deserve more than a basic smoke alarm.
Look at this intelligent smoke alarm: If it finds smoke or carbon monoxide, it will notify you via your phone. If you burn the popcorn, don’t worry about waking up your child; this alarm has a gentle sound and will warn you of even minute smoke, so you can simply turn it off with your app as you open the windows. Let the infant nap!
8 window safety bars
Unfortunately, 15,000 babies suffer injuries from window falls every year, and 15 to 20 of them pass away. Although that is a horrifying number, it can be avoided by using window protectors like this one.
Every window on the second level or higher where a kid lives must have a window guard, according to the legislation in various places like New York City. This one also has a lovely appearance: Although it is composed of durable steel that will keep your child inside, the plastic coating prevents it from rusting or suffering greatly from the effects of the weather.
9 Little Bot’s Ofie Mat, Soft Baby Play Mat
These play mats are reversible and come in lovely designs! When you want your nursery to look stylish, turn it to the fashionable side; when you’re feeling sluggish, flip it to the basic side.
The best component? In order to lessen the impact of probable falls, tumbles, or slip-ups, the mat offers additional padding. The best safety trick is to put one close to the crib. Additionally, this play mat is elegant, fashionable, and incredibly simple to clean.
10 HALO 100% Cotton Muslin Wearable Blanket Sleepsack
Swaddling is safer, but not when your baby is strong enough to roll over. Don’t leave your infant alone in the cot with loose blankets. Instead, choose one of these cozy muslin blankets to give your baby free arms and a blanket that won’t cover her head.
These wearable blankets are a brilliant option that have gained popularity over the past ten years. It’s understandable why; they’re simple to clean and keep your baby warm and safe. They also make getting out of the crib more difficult, we won’t lie.
- 1 complete kit for baby proofing
- 2 corner bumpers for Skyla Homes
- 3 Up and Away | Safety for Magnetic Window Blind Cords (2-Pack)
- 4 Door stopper and Finger Pinch Guard
- 5 EasyBaby items Retractable Indoor/Outdoor Baby Gate
- 6 Infant Thermometer
- 7 Google Nest Protect
- 8 window safety bars
- 9 Little Bot’s Ofie Mat, Soft Baby Play Mat
- 10 HALO 100% Cotton Muslin Wearable Blanket Sleepsack