Nursery Safety :: #Safety1st

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 28, 2013

We don’t have babies any more, and to be honest, we only had a real nursery for the twins thirteen years ago. So much has changed since then, from baby monitors to child proofing products, but one thing remains – Baby must be kept safe!

Your baby will spend a large amount of time in the nursery. You will be with him some of the time, but when you aren’t you want to be sure he is safe. Follow these tips to help make the area safer for both sleeping and playtime:

Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert ::

Cribs

  • Recommendations and regulations for cribs were updated in 2011 prohibiting the sale or resale of drop side cribs.  These new standards also require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable and manufacturers have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance.  Cribs are an expensive baby purchase and are often handed down or borrowed.  It important to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your crib meets these new standards.
  • To prevent suffocation and strangulation, be sure that the crib sheet stays tightly in place. Don’t keep pillows, extra toys, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib. When your child is a newborn these items could pose a suffocation hazard. Later, an older child can use these items, as well as crib bumpers, as a “stepping stool” for getting out of the crib.

Monitor Cords

  • Since 2004, there have been seven deaths associated with monitor cord strangulations as a result of baby monitors being placed in or near the crib.  Recently the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association issued a public service announcement on how to use a monitor safety.  Most important always keep the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet.  If kept closer to a crib, baby can reach out and become entangled in the cords causing injury or death.

Furniture Tip-Overs

  • As babies get older and transition to toddler beds all new safety hazards are introduced.  Toddlers will now have access to their room, and potentially the entire house, without adult supervision. Also keep in mind that furniture, even wide dressers, can be surprisingly tippable. Toddlers open drawers and use them as a ladder to reach items that are on top of a dresser. These open drawers, plus the weight of a toddler, can make even the sturdiest of dressers tip over. Secure furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.

Windows

  • Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.

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Even now that our babies are all older, and know better than to climb or pull on shelves and other chests, we still have all of our tall furniture attached to the wall with Furniture Wall Straps. They were incredibly easy to install and means that all of our children are safe from anyone accidentally knocking over a heavy piece of furniture.

The Genesis Video Monitor has been strategically placed in the area of our home where Timmy spends most of his time while Ben and I are doing our more intense lessons. I just clip the Parent Unit on and I can keep an eye on Tim> I’m even able to pan, tilt and zoom the camera to get the best view of him, and can talk to him while I’m in a completely different part of the house. I’m seriously considering getting a few more cameras so that I can keep an eye on the rest of my kids!

Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Reader Giveaway

This month Safety 1st and I are giving away the items I talked about above. The Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Reader Giveaway includes:

Leave me a comment, by 9pm (est) November 10th, telling me about how you keep your nursery safe. Do you use a video monitor? Is the furniture strapped to the wall? Are the outlets covered? What about the blind cords? A winner will be chosen and emailed.

Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Safety 1st and am being compensated for my time and efforts increating several posts, video reviews, and giveaways in the next few months. All opinions expressed are mine.

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Mami2jcn October 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

We use outlet protectors and cabinet locks.

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Rebecca Parsons October 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Some of the things we do to keep the keep the nursery safe is outlet covers, keep cords shortened and mostly behind furniture and keep the dresser tied to the wall.

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Nicki Joseph October 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

We use outlet protecters

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Leanne October 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm

We have the dresser strapped to the wall and all outlets covered. My little man is still in a crib and can’t reach door knobs yet, but the day will come soon where we need to address more items in his room!

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Andrea October 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm

We try to keep our Nursery safe by keeping the baby friendly items down low and other decorative (yet sharp and dangerous) items such as picture frames, and large books, in higher places out of reach. I would love to use the video monitor to be able to check on our little angel from the comfort of my bed!

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Katy October 29, 2013 at 2:58 am

I’m expecting our first baby in December and have a safety checklist I’m going over. I know I will have tons more to do once she is mobile, but I would love a monitor like this.

Thanks for the great giveaway and safety info!

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Tamira Hill October 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

Between outlet covers and a baby monitor for sure!! <3

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rachel October 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

We’re setting up our nursery now so I need these tips! We haven’t done anything!

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Andrea Mc October 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

We’re just setting up our nursery, but I’ve already purchased bulky outlet covers, and we have drawer and cabinet locks for the kitchen.

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livivua October 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

i use safety 1 st door blocks

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Lindsey D. October 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

We have safety bars on the windows so our kids can’t fall out of the windows, outlet covers, and secured cords for the blinds

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Lauren Becker October 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

My sister-in-law and brother used monitors for both of their kids.

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Luna S October 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

We put plugs on the wall sockets,make sure nothing is able to fall over and we keep it well cleaned.

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Denise Dunn October 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

Outlets covered. blinds tied up out of reach.

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Tamar October 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

We have a video monitor and the wire is taped to the back of the slats on the crib so the baby doesn’t notice.

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Ashley H October 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

I’ve got outlet covers and a video monitor.

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April M October 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

We used furniture straps to secure large items. We’re also in earthquake territory, so most large things all over the house are secured to keep all of us safe.

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Ashley C October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

All of our outlets are covered, we use blinds that do not have strings, and we do not use a bumper in the crib

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Solducky October 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

We keep things as sparse as possible and have furniture straps on the dresser.

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Tarah October 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

After reading one too many horror stories about children pulling their dressers and other large furniture onto themselves, our kids have their furniture bolted to the walls.

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Katie Roch October 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

We keep our nursery safe by anchoring furniture and placing it away from windows, blinds, and drapes.

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adina October 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

we anchor our furniture and use outlet covers

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Marian Boll October 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Making sure there are no sharp corners for a baby to fall into

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Lesley M October 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

We use outlet covers! And the furniture is away from the window, so we don’t have to worry about cords!

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jenn McClearn November 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

We have outlet plus in every outlet. We use the pull down shades with no cord or string. my boys also have long short dressers to reduce the risk of them falling over if they climb them. we have baby gates at all stair cases as well :)

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Jonathan Baker November 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

We always use furniture straps and make sure all of the outlets are covered!

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Rebecca November 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

Right now we just use outlet protectors. I would love to do more.

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beth November 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

We use outlet protectors and a baby monitor.

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Stacy D. November 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

We use outlet protectors and I wrap the cord up top on the valance.

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heather eg kaufman November 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I used to use a video motor, but it broke :(

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karen a. November 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

The nursery has outlet covers and blind cord is secure and out of reach.

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Tanya November 2, 2013 at 2:17 am

I am preparing the nursery for our little one due in december, so far we have covered outlets, secured blinds, used mesh crib liners and plan to install a video monitor

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vickie November 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

we use outlet covers plus we made sure the cords on the blinds were up tight

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Caroline Moustache November 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I have covers on our outlets and removed all dangling electric cords.
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Becca W. November 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

I will be keeping my crib safe with outlet covers and video monitor.

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Roxanne W November 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I’m preparing for my first baby in April, and I am definitely making sure to follow the rules for crib safety – no pillows, blankets, etc

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Angela November 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

We use outlet covers but haven’t done anything else. We need to do more and this is a great reminder!

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Meagan BS November 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

I don’t have a nursery right now, but we are trying for another baby and we already plan to make sure its as safe as possible. We plan to use outlet covers, make sure the baby can never be near window blinds, etc. The ideas in this post will be really helpful also!

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Erica H November 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

We have all furniture strapped to the wall and we have the outlet plugs covered.

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katherine November 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

we use multiple nursery cameras

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kirsten November 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

outlet covers, blind cords secured out of reach

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Cynthia Cover November 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I love safety first products, I use the cabinet locks and outlet covers. Wish I had a great monitor like this one to check out my baby when he is in his crib….what a comfort that would be!

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Ken November 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

We use outlet covers, cover the edges and corners of all furniture and make sure that everything in there is safe for baby to play with.

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katherine November 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

we use all organic cribbing and baby video monitors

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Alex Turpen November 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

We keep our nursery and playroom safe by using plug covers, cord keepers, and making sure everything is in good working order. We also have a television and tall dresser that is secured to the wall. I’d love to have a video monitor.

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Kortney November 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

We do not currently do anything as we are expecting.

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Krystal Dunlap November 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

We use outlet covers, cabinet locks, furniture is bolted to the wall except for the crib I also have the door knob covers on the closet door. Thank you for the chance to win I could really use the video monitor.

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cheryl November 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

we haven’t baby proofed yet but when we do it will be gates, outlet covers, door knob covers

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nickie November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

Outlets covered and blinds tied up out of reach.

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Heather B November 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

we use outlet covers, and have blinds that do not have cords. We use a sound monitor but there is no video on it

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Sarah Cool November 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

we use furniture straps and we use outlet covers

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Megan R. Hughs November 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

We use outlet covers, voice monitors, baby gates, and window/door alarms! :)

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Nichole Maddox November 8, 2013 at 12:58 am

We use a video monitor which is out of his reach. We also use outlet covers in the entire house. He also has breathable crib bumpers. My son is almost 2 and has not attempted to escape from his crib but if he ever did and opened his door, we have a walk-in gate at the top of the stairs so he goes nowhere. Our daughter is almost 5 months old now and she is still in her bassinet next to our bed. The sides of it have a mesh material so if she rolls over, she can breath. She can roll on her side but never does while she’s sleeping. She is also swaddled which helps her sleep but it also aids in safety. When she was first born she fell asleep with a paci as well. Both aid in preventing SIDS.

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Jill Myrick November 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I have installed outlet covers, anchored the dressers to the walls, have installed drawer stops and only have valances for window coverings to try and keep my sons room safe.

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Vera P. November 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

We use outlet covers and no crib bumper since it’s been linked to increase SIDs.

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Jessica November 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

We have our furniture strapped to the wall and use outlet covers

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Pam H. November 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

I keep my nursery safe by not putting stuffed animals in the crib. I have read that some babies have actually suffocated because of stuffed animals being placed around them as they slept.

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Mary Beth Elderton November 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

After having a chest of drawers—sort of a taller, narrower chest—fall over, we decided that attaching taller furniture to the walls is a safe idea!

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Teresa Thompson November 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

It is baby proofed but we don’t have a monitor.

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Melissa B. November 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

We always used a baby monitor with our kids.

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Diana Hatch November 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

Keeping dangerous things out of reach of children!

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Dawn Monroe November 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

This would be a great safety addition for my neice who is due in December. We have the plug covers and bumper set.

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Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

We have a sound monitor, and don’t use blinds anywhere in the house!

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Kate Newton November 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

We have pretty much removed everything from the room except for essentials. We don’t have any big furniture. We use outlet protectors, a gate on the door and a number of other things.

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Kimberly November 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

We have the dresser secured to the wall and the outlets covered. We need to get the blind cords taken care of soon, but the windows are high and our daughter hasn’t been able to reach them yet. We’re preparing the nursery for baby #2, and I’d like to also add a video baby monitor in his room since I’ll be busy chasing after a toddler while he naps and I’d like to be able to check in on him with ease.

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Kristin Sawatzke November 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

We use outlet covers, make sure the blinds string are all up and there is nothing that he can pull down!

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Holly S. November 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I think our main things are outlet covers, putting the blinds cords up, and making sure any sharp corners are covered.
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Nancy November 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

For starters, we have outlet covers, cabinet locks, and keep cords out of reach.

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Ashley Kerekes November 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I keep the nursery safe by covering outlets but I really need to do more, like strapping furniture to the wall.
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katy emanuel November 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

We currently have outlet covers and since her dresser is built in there are no furniture straps at this time, however we will need to get some soon as we are going to be putting in a bed and dressing table into our daughters room. We don’t have to worry about blind cords as we don’t have any. We did put a cover on our electric baseboard heater as well so she can’t stick her hands into it. We do not have a video monitor.

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Darlene Owen November 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

My sons are also grown, but my granddaughter is still a baby. They have the safety plugs in all the sockets, like we did when they were little. They have a monitor and safety gates throughout the house.

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Lesley F November 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

We have outlets covered & we have blind chord protectors on the blinds

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wendy b November 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I have all cords out of reach and have outlet covers and locks on the cabinets. This is a great reminder that I need to strap down my furniture and televisions as well.

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Erica C. November 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Everything is out of reach and outlets covered.

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Fiona N November 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I use only outlet covers
Thank You

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Fiona N November 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I use outlet covers and furniture safety straps
Thank You

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Brittney House November 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

We baby proofed the room and we had a baby monitor, but it broke.

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Robyn Huffman November 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

We use outlet covers and have all the heavy stuff bolted to the walls. I also try to make sure that anything with a long cord is plugged in behind the shelves or dresser so that the cord is hidden behind the furniture plus she can’t attempt to unplug it. We also keep the cord to the blinds pulled up out of her reach. As she’s gotten older she’s gotten more curious and I want to do everything I can to help keep her safe.

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amy williams November 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm

We use outlet covers also no blinds so no cords

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Andrina G November 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

We have outlet covers on all the plugs!

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Laurie Emerson November 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I keep it safe by making sure that all of the outlets in the nursery have child proof plug covers. I also replaced all of the blinds with short curtains and there are no pieces of furniture which are light enough to fall down.

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Michelle F. November 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm

We use outlet covers, cabinet locks, all blind cords out of the way and corner protectors,

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beatriz November 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

our toddler sleeps on a floor bed so her room is VERY baby proofed! furniture mounted, outlet covers, etc!

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Heather M November 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

We use a monitor and we strap down the dresser. Also use outlet covers.
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liz November 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

my sis in law has monitors

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Mihaela Day November 10, 2013 at 2:21 am

I use a video monitor and the whole room is baby proofed

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Sheree November 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

I never used a monitor, but I wish I had had one to use. I think they are an awesome thing to have.

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susan smoaks November 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

we have a baby monitor the old school audio kind and we check on the baby a lot to keep her safe

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Danielle Wood November 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Baby due in December, this would be a great help in keeping the nursery safe.

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Gina November 24, 2013 at 1:48 am

Great information. It is so important to babyproof the nursery specially when the kids are toddlers. It is more difficult to manage when you have children about two or three years older than your toddler. It is so important to supervise as well all the time. I just saw a great video on baby proofing on http://www.sweetlittlenursery.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-11-18T03:00:00-08:00&max-results=3 hope it would be helpful.

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