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Q&A: Babyproofing suggestions?

Should I wait until my daughter crawls to start babyproofing, or are there things I should do now- before she's even born- to get the house safe?

Re: Should I wait until my daughter crawls to start babyproofing, or are there things I should do now- before she's even born- to get the house safe?

The Bump Expert

There are definitely things you can do now. Ideally, get started at least three months prior to your due date, because some preparations may take time. And don’t forget, this is just round one -- check out Babyproofing, Part 2 once he starts to crawl.

General safety
[  ] Install a UL certified carbon monoxide detector on every story of your house if you use gas or oil appliances or have an attached garage. Check the batteries of any detectors you already have.
[  ] Do the same routine with smoke detectors
[  ] Purchase a fire extinguisher, learn how to use it (and know where it is!)
[  ] Stock your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit
[  ] Post emergency numbers next to every phone
[  ] Install a temperature guard on your water heater at a maximum of 120° Fahrenheit (48° Celsius)
[  ] Get any flaking or peeling paint sealed or removed by a professional, especially if your home was built before 1978. (Dust from lead paint, which was banned from residential use in that year, can be harmful if ingested.)

Room-by-room
[  ] Put non-slip pads under all rugs
[  ] Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with bumpers or safety padding
[  ] Block all open outlets with furniture or use safety plugs
[  ] Latch closed any drawers, doors or cupboards within baby’s reach
[  ] Cut any looped blind or curtain cords and install safety tassels and cord stops
[  ] Always unplug and store electric appliances not in use (iron, flatiron, etc)
 
[  ] Check house and yard for poisonous plants, and move out of baby’s reach
[  ] Always store your own and visitors’ purses out of baby’s reach
[  ] Place baby wipes and supplies within your reach from the changing table, but out of baby’s
[  ] Put a thick rug or carpet below the changing table
[  ] Position the crib away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decoration and cords
[  ] Check all nursery furniture according to our safety suggestions
[  ] If you plan to hook a highchair to your kitchen table, be sure the table is sturdy and strong

Car
[  ] Install an approved rear-facing car seat in the middle of the back seat
[  ] If the sun is strong in your area, put hanging shades on the back windows to block the rays

Are they serious about this?

The baby can't even sit up or roll over for months! Does anyone actually baby-proof their house before the baby is BORN? We are not planning on putting protectors on furniture until the baby can get around on its own!

lizardct |

re: Q: Making Home Safe?

i feel the same way. seems like alot more 'new purchases' on our already tight budget which includes the 'must haves' before baby arrives!

inspiresamia |

re: Q: Making Home Safe?

I agree. My first is almost 4, so our babyproofing days are over, and I just don't have the time before the next one comes to be running around covering outlets and padding corners. Besides, my oldest will just tear that stuff apart anyway.

happysparkle |

re: Q: Making Home Safe?

It's a good idea to do the first section before the baby is born. There is no reason to not have emergency and poison control numbers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a fire extinguisher handy. I agree the stuff that baby can reach and get into can wait until they are mobile though.

babymugg |

re: Q: Making home safe?

ah, i'm overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done before our baby boy gets here. i think we'll do the detectors, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. everything else is going to have to wait til daddy can do it when he's home from work in those first couple weeks.

shepsmama |

re: Q: Making home safe?

What do you even put in the first aid kit for newborn babies?

radebczak |

re: Q: Making home safe?

Good Lord PEOPLE! This is too much unless your newborn is a ninja and can get into all this trouble

Woohoneychild |

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I'm on bedrest, and if I can't get into trouble being stuck in bed, how much trouble can my newborn? This will definitely have to wait.

burforda |

re: Q: Making home safe?

the first half makes sense, but until then I'll wait to install everything. i'll probably put some stuff on the registry that way i dont have too worry about getting anything

spazz_mama |

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You definitely don't need to do all of this before the baby is born... we, as moms to be, have WAY too much on our plates anyway. However, I have been warned waiting until they are crawling can cause problems because it happens sooner than you think, and by that time you're busy with a baby....but I think I'll take my chances!

MrsRooks |

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We already had fire extinguishers and detectors for our own safety, though I suppose it doesn't hurt to have the reminder. The only true babyproofing we are doing is to cover the outlets in the baby's room, it just seemed like a good time since we are setting up the nursery right now anyway. Everything else can wait until tummy time starts to look promising.

nicte83 |

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I would, for sure, get the smoke detectors, and even the bumpers up now. Yes the babies won't be walking around for awhile, but most if not all babies are dropped at some point! (Ask your Mom I am sure she will tell you) Many babies will be scarred from hitting table edges before they are 1 year old!

voelkels |

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should i start now

bonnielovesalex |

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Wow, all babies are dropped?!?! Um, must have missed out, but I can assure you that if you drop your baby, those corner protectors won't make a bit of difference.

Mandy613 |

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I do not agree that all babies are dropped, and I agree the protectors will not do any good if you drop your baby on the edge of the table.

MrsSalem |

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Everyone should already have the carbon & fire safety stuff anyway regardless if your expecting. Putting some of the items such as baby gates & plg protectors on your registry is a god idea but nothing has to be done for months after the baby is home.

Soniagirl |

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i agree - if you're dropping your baby on the edge of tables, you have bigger things to worry about. common sense works still, doesn't it? Obviously the electrical stuff is important, but padding down your entire house to make sure nothing is dangerous is a bit over doing it. i may sing a different tune once the little girl arrives.... we'll see

emnian |

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wow - you all take this stuff to heart, don't you? These are suggestions, I'm sure for the most anal and protective and by the book parents. Granted most of these items do not need addressed before the baby arrives, but it is a very good list to follow at your own pace and when you feel it's necessary. We all know that our LO's learn so fast that once they become mobile, it may have snuck up on us and we didn't get things babyproofed...so if you've got the time, do a few of the extras now.

mmsall |

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I've heard that babyproofing your house is more like mom proofing your house. They say with getting up in the middle of the night and being overly exhausted having corners covered might save you a few bumps and bruises along the way. :)

krisflypitts |

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Don't bother with corner covers. They no not stick, no matter what the surface. I just have ugly adhesive residue on my coffee table and brick fireplace. The cushions didn't last a week.

titania9 |

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It really depends on the personality of your child too. I have a very close friend whose babies never even paid attention to the outlets or tried to open the cabinet doors. If u put up gates to keep them out of certain rooms (such as the kitchen or laundry room) they learn to stay where you want them to and can be entertained with toys, swings, or siblings. It's good to have outlet covers and other basic baby proofing equipment on hand, but i would wait to see how curious the baby is before buying everything they say u need.

mommy510 |

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no

lgutz33 |

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When any of you were children, did your parents have cushioned bumpers on sharp edges and plug covers on outlets? i was pretty sure i learned my lesson pretty quick.

Ocean67 |

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didn't have any on my tables growing up, but i did slip and fall when I was two years old and got cut on my eye pretty bad. Ended up needing stiches :(

angel7280 |

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wow glad i am not the only one wondering y the heck i should baby proof my house, when baby wont be doing much to start off with other then sleep, eat and poopin...

eahsenior04 |

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BRUs sells first aid kits, it's mostly the usual stuff bandages, ointments, gauze, tape, etc, some have "kid-friendly" colorful bandages and nasal aspirators. I'd suggest getting yourself a basic kit of bandages & ointments and keeping a thermometer, instant ice pack, and baby medications (ibuprofen, etc.) in there as well.

hockeybride113 |

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Most households are already fire alarm set up. But the slip ptrotectors on rugs? Plug in covers? Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind having a baby who is above the curve, but walking and sticking things in light sockets, I think I can wait.

Torridsky |

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I agree that some of this could wait. The smoke detectors, CO monitors, and fire extinguishers should be in everyones home! I learned a great tip when I went through fire extinguisher training at work- keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen but ALSO in your bedrom. Most fires happen at night and the purpose of a fire extinguisher is not to put out the fire (it is usually too late for that) but the extinguisher can cut a path through the flames so that you and the baby can get out of the house! If you are in bed upstairs and your only extinguisher is in the kitchen your route out of the house may be blocked by the fire.

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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One more thing - the anti-slip stuff on the back of rugs is a great idea especially if you have all hard wood floors. We have all hard wood and we just got a few runners for the hallway. I stepped on one the wrong way and almost went down! I would hate for that to happen to me (or one of the grandparents!) while they are holding the baby.

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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Well, I never dropped my son, but he did roll off of our mattress once. It was on the floor so he only "fell" about 4 or 5 inches and wasn't hurt one bit, but I still felt horrible. My BF's eldest daughter fell off of the bed at normal height when the father was changing her diaper, and she wasn't hurt, but my BF never let her man change a diaper again. But none of the children were ever dropped while being held by someone...... I think the general safety ideas are just plain common sense things that should be done even if you don't have kids, and most of the other stuff I agree can wait a bit.

Bec28 |

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I think these are good suggestions & some should already be done (poison control, smoke detectors, etc.) but lots can wait til baby is rockin' & rollin' on his own. Since I will be jumping right back into my hectic schedule a few weeks after he's born, I'll probably try to get a jump on things. While school is in session, I only have one day off a week, so it makes sense for me to tackle as much as I can while I have down time this summer.

thcitynengland87 |

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I can understand doing the 1st half, as well as placing non-slip pads under rugs (think about walking around with baby in your arms and slipping on a rug--not good!). Also, if you have dogs, a baby gate or two makes sense.

HBetzel |

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I have to say that everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax. Lots of pregnancy hormones flying around in these answers. This is just a basic guideline... but I will probably do most of these things.. because 1). I want to put myself and my baby in the most stress free environment possible and 2). IF something were to happen that could have been prevented by me unplugging my curling iron, I would never forgive myself. It's really not THAT long of a list...

simwalle |

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glad to see i'm not the only one who thought this was a bit much.

pirate_princess_85 |

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I'm sure whomever wrote this had everyone's best wishes in mind, but it's a bit much for expecting women to be worrying about the majority of this checklist. As long as we as mothers use our brains and do what our instincts tell us to do such as not letting our babies eat poisonous things, and being prepared with detectors and things of that sort, I don't see why a woman preparing for birth even needs to worry about baby-proofing her home. This is a time where a woman needs to be calm and focus on what will be happening in the weeks ahead such as labor and after, not worrying about if there are non-slip pads under the rugs or spending even more money on hiring a professional to remove paint flakes... Hubby can help with that, I think!

RebeccaElaine |

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i agree, I think this was written to help mothers, as a precaution. We are in control of our own lives and it isn't a do or die list, we don't absolutely have to follow by it. It is an informative list that we have the choice of following. Some women may benefit from all the things in the list, and some wont. I personally found it helpful, and some of the things on the list i never thought about and will consider, but then again, some of the things I do not feel is necessary for me .

MyBeautifulSeed |

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after my experiences with working in a preschool that teaches infants through 4 year olds... i am definitely doing what i can to baby proof my house... outlet covers- for when they find a penny or fork and try to stick it in the outlet.... cupboard locks- to keep them out of food and cleaners.... a toilet lock- to keep them out of the water.... door knob covers- to keep them out of rooms where they shouldn't go.... etc..... baby proofing is for keeping your child safe and removing the worry from your life.... i don't see why everyone is so anti-babyproofing..... makes perfect sense to me

montanaAFpirate |

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I agree with montana! While you may not need all of these things immediately, you don't want to wait until the baby has been hurt to start baby proofing. Would you wait until after it sticks a finger in the electrical socket before you buy the covers for it?

sulie1gilver |

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I'm due in 6.5 weeks. My home will be baby-proofed. Not because I think I'm going to have a 'ninja baby' (as a PP said), or that I think my child will be ahead of the curve. It's for peace of mind. It's because I know for a fact that once the baby is born, time will most definitely NOT be my friend. Prevention is key, IMHO. I would much rather prevent, than not prevent, and have a nasty incident.

monkiem |

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Ohh, tisk tisk, someone forgot to mention a 'toilet latch.' Definitely a necessity. I learned this the hard way...

boobgenie409 |

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I am 17 weeks tomorrow and already worried about making sure my house is baby proof before my baby's big arrival because we have a fire place in the main living area and my house is no where near baby safe and it scares me. My god children have shown me everything they can easily get into and things that take time getting into so I've made my list, and checked it, rechecked it and checked it a third time. And I agree with "monkiem" time probably will not be in my favor once baby is here. Better safe than sorry.

mnmarsh |

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just for the record i mentioned a toilet latch : ) i'm glad to see that people are realizing that is IS necessary to baby proof their homes.... not for "ninja babies" but for peace of mind and prevention... thank you ladies!

montanaAFpirate |

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first of all shouldn't a baby have adult supervision at all times when crawling? if so then if you have a cat for example that thinks outlet plug covers are toys, then there is no need to buy them. the first half of the list is a must but the last half is not a necessity until the baby becomes more mobile and starts wandering off when you aren't paying attention. plus that is what baby gates are for: to keep the baby out of a room its not supposed to be in. plus if you live in a housing area where you have to put in a request to do modifications like putting in the latches for cabinets then its less of a headache. the best thing IMO to do is just get some baby gates either that or wait until the baby is actually crawling to see what all it's gonna get into. you never know, unless there is something "new" or unusual then your baby might just leave it alone because a plug cover, latches (some babies are smart) and corner covers (who really wants to have sharp edged furniture in their house, that's asking for a trip to the hospital) are just begging to be messed with, it's like saying "look at me you can't touch what's behind me" oh also the corner covers could easily come off and become your baby's newest toy just like outlet plug covers.

mattierose |

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these are suggestions, and as far as doing them before it just takes one more thing off the list to do later. it takes a few minutes to put outlet plugs in. the detectors should be done and checked for everyone's safety, not just becasue of the LO. its all about what you feel helps, for me having it done and overwith now relieves my worries about doing it later. plus now that i have a LO coming, more and more friends are coming over with their LO's and we have already experienced why baby proofing is needed. its an aid to help generate thought on making your home safe - no where does it say that the bump police will be inspeciting your home. as with all pregnancy advice, take the ones you want and toss out what you don't.

LHUNTER012@msn.com |

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Those are my thoughts exactly. Why wait until you're trying to raise a newborn and are exhausted before doing simple things now? If you start early it leaves less on your list when you really are pushed for time.

brunoshort |

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I must be one of those anal parents I guess because I would much rather have most things done before I have to. Mostly just so I don't have to worry about doing it once I am busy with a baby. I do agree with the non-slip pads for the rugs though. At least for myself. We have all wooden floors and no slip pads as of right now and it hasn't worked out so great for my clumsy self so far. Even when I wasn't pregnant. So it would worry me to have my baby in my arms and have a rug slip unexpectedly underneath me...

whobits |

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this is retarded if u dont agree with babyproofing your house so early why do even botter to read the list there is going to be no time once the baby comes

lorashly |

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We have the General Safety Section complete for our own personal safety. As for the other stuff, we added the equipment to our registry and will install it when we get it. The more we can do before baby arrives, then the more time we have with baby later.

younggirl80 |

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If anything I believe most all of these suggestions are just to be written down and NOT forgotten.. you don't necessarily have to do them before your child is crawling/walking. You know?

asilentlife |

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Does anyone know what a temperature guard actually looks like? My husband tried to check if we had one, but doesn't really know what he's looking for. Thanks!

esierra80 |

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I think the phone numbers and safety parts are good but until the baby can roll over by herself Im not really too worried about the padding and the outlet covers, my puppy would chew all that off anyways. As far as the water heater I think it's rediculous because if someone would honestly stick their child in a scalding hot tub has no right to have children just an opinion.

snshyne52 |

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I agree its too early for most of the stuff listed but a good list to keep in mind for when the time comes to really baby proof. I would however add rug pads to all the rugs since i have hard floors and wouldn't want to slip while walking around holding the baby.

genie1285 |

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I would say the first bunch of stuff should be done anyway - it's just common sense to have your smoke detectors working and not have peeling lead paint in your house, baby or no baby! But as for plugging outlets, putting guards on furniture, installing no-slip grips on rugs, etc. that stuff is going to wait until after the baby gets here. I've registered for babyproofing things in my baby shower registry so hopefully we'll get some of the things we need there and I'll be able to get started before baby arrives - if not, I'm not going to worry about it! People are saying you won't have time once the baby arrives but seriously, you and the baby's father are not going to have 30 seconds to put plastic plug covers in your outlets?! Wow...

snowgirl0429 |

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Oh my goodness! I can't believe someone actually said all babies are dropped.....sounds like your mom dropped you and told you everyone does it to make herself feel better! While I understand accidents happen- I do not agree with this statement. My mom had six kids and while she jokes we were all dropped on our heads at one point- none of us actually were! Anyways for those of you who think this is overboard and doesn't need to be done until later- I think it is just a general guideline of everything that eventually will need to be done. My husband and I will prob be doing most of it because you can't plan a date on your calander when baby will start pulling herself up on the coffee table, or crawling....I have heard it happens so fast- so why not do all the proofing at once and then you can forget about it later : )

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watson012 |

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I know it sounds crazy, but I think they want you to be aware and start with the simple things that are easy to forget later, plust things like electronics and cords are more of a "habit-forming" issue, if you start now you'll do it naturally later and there will be less chance of things going wrong....... outlet plugs are cheap, you can get em anywhere, even dollar stores and they're easy enough to do when you vacuum or set up rooms/nurseries anyway...... I can't do some of these things now because we live with other people but when we finally move it'll be the first things I'll do....... the other factor is: once baby is crawling and moving you may be back to work by then or just so busy and tired you won't be thinking about it anymore :)

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watson012 |

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I plan to wait to "Baby proof" the house with the wall outlets, cabinets, etc.. I will have a list of important phone numbers, fire ext, first aid kit, etc... However, I must say that I disagree with putting a "hanging shade" on your cars windows. I know alot of people in law enforcement who told me NOT to use these b/c if you get into an accident (God forbid) they are the first thing to go flying and can do more harm than good. Therefore, I will NOT be using these and have instead spent the money to get mine and my husband's car windows tinted.

mpayne |

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Some of this is just crazy. Did anyone look at the "part 2" sections? What on earth is your baby doing in the garage alone that you would need to baby proof your garage? Seriously, some of these are just rediculous!

KMalmquist |

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I think that before you actually start child proofing your house, you should also have a toilet paper dispenser. You will need that. Trust me on this matter.

xxWandAxx |

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The non-slip rug may be so you don't slip while holding baby! I don't know, but just a thought. Some of this stuff does seem a little extreme though especially since baby won't be able to get around for quite some time.

bellc1980 |

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I know everyone is saying the baby cant move and blah blah for a while... but time will fly before you know it they will be moving around and YOU will be unprepared... as I have heard/witnessed before! So just do it now so you are not scrambling later.

MattMaggie |

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Those car window shades are very dangerous for babies they can fall off and injure babies face. If you go to a certified car seat installer they will advise you to remove them.

Daniella978 |

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This is nuts. What I really want to do at 3am while holding a newborn is fight with a drawer fastener to get bib out. I registered for a proofing kit, and am under no illusion that it will sit in our closet for another 6-9 months.

ChristenEdwards |

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Wow, everyone relax. It's just a list of suggestions. Do what you want on it. Here's another list of suggested items for your First Aid Kit (more like a kit for everything you need for that mysterious fever/sniffle/teething/diarrhea episode/day at the beach in the first year): Baby Tylenol/Baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen Baby Orajel Baby Mylicon Gripe Water Diaper Rash Ointment (something zinc-based) Homeopathic teething tablets Prescription medications (if any) Medicine dropper or oral syringe (to measure and give meds) Bulb Syringe (for clearing nose) Digital Thermometer Baby shampoo Liquid soap (Get the gel kind that doesn't require water for diarrhea episodes) Antibiotic ointment Sterile bandages and gauze pads Tweezers Nail clippers Sunscreen and lip protection (Use on babies 6 months and older) Insect repellent w/DEET (up to 30%) or picaridin (babies 2 months and older) Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream Pedialyte Janet Zand's Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies

blutop |

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I'll add my two cents and say, sure, get done early what you can: in particular a baby medicine kit is great to have right away. Mine had baby tylenol, teething tablets, Little Noses saline spray, a digital thermometer, diaper cream and nail clippers. It was great not to have to thinking about remembering to get it after she was born, because I would have forgotten, and the first time I needed the Tylenol I'd have been out of luck. But wait on the cabinet fasteners. My little gal was NOT a drawer opener. We only put latches on a few strategic drawers and cabinets with sharp, poisonous, or expensive items in them, just to be safe. If she had been more adventurous, I'd have needed a lot more. Instead, I saved myself quite a bit of money. With baby number two, it might be a different story.

RedheadRaye |

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HRSAIC |

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First the 1st time MOMs...DO IT NOW..you won't have time to take a shower let alone baby proof your home....DO IT NOW...TRUST ME.

lesq2012 |