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Child Safety

  • As your baby grows, so does their mobility and desire to explore the world around them. However, the world is full of hazards! Even the comfort of your own home may have hidden dangers your baby can potentially find before you do. A baby-proofing cabinet lock can help keep your baby out of one of the riskiest areas of your home, which are often filled with poisonous chemicals or other dangerous objects they may be tempted to play with. We've gathered the Best Baby-Proofing Cabinet Locks in 2022 for you to consider.
    August 05, 2021
  • Cribs are beds designed for babies and have high sides to keep your baby safe overnight, preventing them from rolling or falling out of bed. Cribs typically come in two different forms: regular and portable. Regular cribs are sturdy, with four sides and four legs, and are designed to stay in one place. This will most likely be a permanent fixture in your baby’s room once they are ready to sleep on their own. Portable cribs, on the other hand, are typically smaller than normal cribs. While they also have four sides and four legs, they are often collapsible for easy storage. Most have wheels on the legs so that they are easy to move around the house.
    May 07, 2021
  • Having a baby is both a blessing and a challenge. Introducing a new life to the world is no small task, and you need to be prepared for everything if you want to raise one right. Here are some of the most important tips you need to remember to keep your baby safe at all times.
    April 04, 2021
  • Anytime you welcome a new baby into the world, your main priority is to keep your child safe and protect them at all times. Their safety is a top concern as you take them in the car with you and spend time on the road. Baby on board signs not only offer peace of mind to parents but allow you to inform other drivers to use caution as they come close to your vehicle. Baby on board signs should be visible and stay secure on the window or paint to prevent them from falling off over time. These are the list of the best baby on board signs in 2022 to choose from to ensure you have one that's seen easily and sticks reliably during the first year of your baby’s life.
    February 25, 2021
  • Once you become a parent, your baby’s safety becomes your number one priority. From car seats to babyproofing your home, you take all sorts of steps to ensure every area of your life is as secure for your baby as possible. Investing in a high-quality baby camera is just as essential when it comes to ensuring your baby’s safety. Below, you’ll find our top four picks for the best baby cameras in 2021 models.
    February 24, 2021
  • Those first steps your toddler takes open up a whole new world of possibilities for both parent and child. However, those first steps can also lead to mischief and more worry than you're probably comfortable with. Unfortunately, you can't stand next to your toddler every moment, but you can make sure that they stays safe with a dedicated toddler playpen. They're an excellent way to keep your little one safe and secure when you're making dinner, folding laundry or tending to other responsibilities. The best toddler playpens in 2022 that were selected for this list feature activity panels with engaging toys to stimulate your child's senses and encourage motor skills development. They're also designed with easy-to-access entryways with child safety locks to keep them in one place, and they're all designed to be quickly broken down for excellent portability.
    February 23, 2016
  • If you're a parent who wants to keep your infant within arm's reach during slumber, co-sleeping may be an option worth considering. Having your baby near while you sleep is beneficial for both you and your little one. It can make those late-night feedings easier, you can keep a closer eye on your wee one, baby may sleep more peacefully, and it can create a stronger bond between parent and child. While co-sleeping can be beneficial, experts advise keeping the baby out of your bed and using a co-sleeper instead. We’ve chosen the five best co-sleepers in 2022 because their compact size allows them to be used right in your own bed, they can be folded up so you can take them with you wherever you go, and these co-sleepers also come equipped with added features to add to babies overall comfort such as night lights and extra padding.
    February 22, 2016
  • If your little one has outgrown their crib (or mastered the art of escaping it) you might want to consider getting them a toddler bed. Toddler beds are constructed lower to the ground which makes it easy for your little one to get in and out while offering greater safety than a standard, high-standing bed. We’ve chosen five of the best toddler beds in 2022 on the market, each of which feature safety rails so your little one doesn’t unexpectedly roll out of bed, they’re constructed to comfortably sleep children weighing up to 60 pounds, and lastly they all have fun designs to stimulate your toddlers imagination.
    February 19, 2016
  • Your little one is used to the compact space of the womb, so it makes sense they’re going to feel comfortable sleeping in a compact space. A bassinet is an ideal space for your baby to sleep for the first few months of life, as they’re more compact than a crib. Another advantage of the bassinets smaller size is it can easily be placed in the parents’ bedroom which is much more convenient for those nighttime feedings. The best bassinets in 2022 which we’ve selected for this list stand out from the crowd because they’re equipped with canopies that shade overhead light, they feature mobiles or plush animals for visual stimulation, and include storage options for baby essentials like diapers, wipes, and burp cloths.
    February 19, 2016
  • Baby monitors, both video and audio, allow parents to keep an eye or ear on their baby without opening the nursery door. Many monitor options offer a nightlight, room thermometer or the ability to turn on lullabies. With so many options parents may find themselves overwhelmed with options. Our lists for the best baby monitors in 2022 look at a number of options to determine the best features compared to cost to narrow down parent's search for the perfect monitor.
    October 29, 2014
  • As any parent knows, keeping your baby safe is your first and foremost priority, especially while driving. Car seats are required to provide the protection to your child while in a vehicle, but just as quickly as a baby grows through their clothing, they also have different car seat requirements depending on their weight.Also covered on this list of the best car seats in 2022 are booster seats, which keep your children buckled correctly when they have outgrown a harnessed car seat. There are many options to choose from, including backless boosters, convertibles and high-back boosters. Your child's size will be the biggest factor in what seat you choose. When your child is ready to make the move into a big kid seat, get them involved with picking out an appropriate one. Keep her in her seat until she can fit your car's seats properly, even if that does mean she has to sneak out of the seat in front of her school to avoid embarrassment. Keeping your child safely buckled is paramount to keeping them safe in the car.Front facing, rear facing, convertible, carrier, or booster car seat, this list is dedicated to the best available protection for your little bundle of joy.
    October 29, 2014
  • There are many crib options depending on the needs of your family and your baby. Whether you need something that is easily moved from destination to destination, or one that is stationary, you will find one easily on our lists of best cribs in 2022. Options range from small portable beds that weigh under ten pounds to beds that will convert to a toddler bed and then on to a full-sized bed as your child grows. There are many different finish options from natural pine to mahogany to coordinate the crib with other furniture in the house.
    August 21, 2013