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What baby-proofing equipment is essential?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, for a safe baby: Homes are just chock full of things from which little ones can get hurt. Sharp corners and edges, electrical outlets and cords and devices, kitchen utensils, hair dryers, poisons - our homes are filled with potential booby traps for unsuspecting and prying little ones. You can make many things safe using basic common sense, but some things, like electrical outlets, will need some special tools.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Vigilant parents: There are a lot of products for "baby proofing" the house. Some, like stairs guards, are important in certain situations, but common sense and vigilant parents are the most important.

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Which baby proofing equipment is necessary, and what is simply nice to have?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Gates on Stairs: Baby proofing is about providing a safe environment for your infant- most of that you can do without expensive baby proofing equipment. Make sure medicines and cleaning supplies are kept high out of your infants reach or in locked cabinets. Look for heavy objects that can be pulled down onto himself. Stairs are a big hazard- securing a gate at the top of the stairs is a must in most households.

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