Babies are brave. Their imagination and curiosity override any sense of danger or hesitation that dictate our lives as adults. And it is this fearless, inquisitive behavior that drives parents crazy. It seems there are infinite ways for an infant to hurt himself. Try and reduce your baby’s chances of being hurt with a few of these innovative baby safety products – and be sure to brush up on household hazards every parent should know about in our free guide.
Although there may only be gums in there, your baby’s mouth still needs to be cleaned. However, care must be taken to avoid choking. This BPA-free toothbrush cleans and massages baby’s gums and emerging teeth and the design ensures baby cannot choke, making for safe brushing. Get this four pack via Amazon for $13.98.
Hardwood floors can be a bit unforgiving for a falling child. Protect them with a play area foam mat like this one from OneStepAhead. Your kid will be safe and comfortable while playing in the house. Buy your mat on Amazon. Prices vary by size.
A baby’s bath should not exceed 100 degrees F, but how do you know for sure how hot the tub water is? Instead of the elbow or back-of-the-hand test, put your trust in this Skip Hop Moby Floating Bath Thermometer, which looks like a whale. The color-changing LED light lets parents know when it’s too hot and just right. Bonus: it suctions to the bathtub or wall and can be used as a hook. Buy one at Skip Hop for $15.
A must-have for modern homes, this anti-tipping anchoring system attaches to flat-screen televisions, wall units or other furniture that could seriously hurt a child if tipped over. Get your set of two heavy duty straps at Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
The moment when your baby is sleeping and you are sleeping is a beautiful thing. But nothing lasts forever – so to know when your baby needs attention, use this digital video baby monitor, called the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. Get yours on Amazon for about $165. You can find even more just like it online, depending on which brand you’d prefer.
Give your child a comfortable and safe ride on your trips to the grocery store. This plush strap is compact enough to fit in a diaper bag or purse and adjusts to fit shopping cart seats or chairs. Machine washable and highly fashionable. Get one on Amazon for $9.
Now even filling up the bath can be fun! These cute, adjustable faucet covers protect young ones’ heads in the case of a bath time slip. They also have tails that act as hooks when not in use. Choose between Moby the whale or Ducky the duck. Grab yours at skiphop.com for $13.
Electrical outlets are huge safety concerns in homes with little ones. Guard your outlets and make sure your child can’t access them even when lamps and other electronics are plugged in with this handy child-proof cover. Order yours on Amazon for $9.75
Ever worry about your toddler tripping and hitting their head on your furniture? These flexible ball-shaped corner guards will protect your child’s noggin from common spills and their sleek and clear design eliminate all the bulky foam found in typical corner guards. They can be used on plastics, most kitchen counters and wood and they’re a breeze to remove, too. Get them on Amazon for $10.99.
These knob locks keeps parents from worrying about their tots getting into pantries, bathrooms and other places he shouldn’t be without supervision and prevent them from locking themselves in spaces, too. Works with standard spherical doorknobs and are available through Amazon for $12.95.
Stove and fire safety are a huge concern for parents, especially when junior gets old enough to reach the front-facing knobs on standard stoves. But these heat-resistant covers nix that worry. Simply pop them over any standard stove knob and viola. They come in a pack of five and a variety of discreet colors for just $8.97 through Amazon.
Every parent will tell you that their tyke’s health and safety is their number one concern and this high-tech gadget by NUK covers all kid’s health and safety bases by monitor carbon monoxide levels, temperature and humidity in your child’s room. If there’s a change, it changes colors and alerts your phone immediately. And if there’s high levels of Carbon Monoxide, it sounds the alarm. Batteries and a 10-year warranty are included. Get it for $99.99 through Toys R’ Us
Ever hear those horror stories of parents accidentally leaving their kids in a hot or cold car? Its impossible to imagine anyone doing it but we’re all human and we’re all busy, which is why Elepho is introducing the eClip. This Kickstarter-funded device clips onto a car seat, seat belt or diaper bag and connects to the eClip app on your phone. If the child is left in the car, eClip sends you alerts and conditions inside the car. You can pre-order e-Clip through Elepho.com to save $20.
Want to give your child room to walk but keep your peace-of-mind without those awkward kid-leashes? These wrist links hook between you and your child and extend 4.9 feet to give your child room to walk but keep you physically attached to them. The cord has an automatic rebound and is made from stainless steal and PU, which makes them difficult to cut, while the cuff is made of anti-stick sponge, which makes them comfortable, too. Get them for $13.99 from Amazon.
This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2017.