Caring for a baby can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. Unfortunately, new humans don’t come with an instruction manual. These days, though, there are tons of ingenious products available that will keep your child safe and give you peace of mind.
It’s true that our parents and grandparents didn’t rely on things like baby monitors or sterilizers, and we all turned out just fine. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage these modern safety devices for your own child.
Peruse the list below of some of our favorite baby safety items—you’re sure to find something that will help you feel less stressed!
Miku Smart Baby Monitor
The Miku is one of the more high-end baby monitors on the market, but if you want one that does pretty much everything, this is it. Not only does it have HD video and sound monitoring, but it’s also the first monitor to use sensors to track real-time breathing (baby doesn’t have to wear anything).
This means you’ll be able to see your baby’s respirations per minute (RPMs) right under his image. An alarm also sounds if the monitor doesn’t detect any movement or breathing. Given the very real risk of SIDS, we find it comforting to be able to see how our baby is breathing throughout the night without disturbing her sleep. Of course, this technology shouldn’t replace safe sleeping practices.
The Miku also includes all of the following features:
- A high-security Crypto Chip to keep your data secure
- Real-time sleep tracking
- Two-way talk
- A temperature and humidity monitor
- Night vision
Miku Smart Baby Monitor - Breathing & Movement Monitor - HSA/FSA Approved - Real-Time Breathing & Sleep Tracking - HD Video & Audio, Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, Sound, Humidity & Temperature
Coral UV Sterilizer and Dryer
Sterilizing has never been more important than right now, especially for babies, who will literally put anything in their mouths. The Coral Sterilizer can eliminate 99.9% of harmful germs in just 10 minutes.
Sure, you can easily wash baby toys, pacifiers, and teethers, but you can also sterilize anything in here, including keys, phones, watches, stuffed animals, and more! This thing is super versatile and convenient.
It’s also large enough to hold up to six baby bottles and nipples at once. Plus, if your little one opens it while it’s on, it automatically shuts off so there’ll be no accidental UV exposure. It uses two Philips UV-C lamps instead of just one like many competitors.
3 in 1 UVC Sterilizer and Dryer by Coral UV | Dual UV Lights | Ultraviolet Electric Sanitizer with HEPA Filtration | New 2020 Model
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons
When you first start feeding your baby purées and solids, it’s normal to spend a lot of time worrying about choking. Of course, you also don’t want to burn that little mouth. These Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons take all of that off your plate.
They use a patented white hot system that alerts you when the food is too hot—the spoon tip turns white when the temperature is over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The tips are also comfortable and soft for little mouths, and the long handles make it easy to feed your little one. They’re also dishwasher safe!
Dreambaby Room and Bath Thermometer
Another place where the temperature is a concern is in the bathroom. Water that just feels warm to you might be too hot for an infant’s sensitive skin. That’s why we love the Dreambaby Room and Bath Thermometers! They remove all the guesswork and help you figure out the perfect temperature for your little one’s bathwater.
Plus, they’re adorable—you can get a duck, alligator, or turtle. It reads the water temperature and automatically updates you every 10 seconds. If the water is too hot, the light on top will turn red, and if it’s too cold, the light turns green. And your baby will love playing with it, too!
Dreambaby Room and Bath Baby Thermometer Safety Toy- Model L361 - Reliable Temperature Readings - Turtle
Munchkin Luna Baby Gate
Baby gates are, obviously, an incredibly important part of making your house safe for your little one, especially if you have stairs.
The Munchkin Luna Baby Gate also has a motion-activated LED along the bottom that really makes it stand out from other options. This feature really comes in handy when it’s dark, so you don’t walk into the gate.
As a bonus, it’s also really easy to set up. It comes with a unique TurnKey Tool that makes installation super fast and simple.
Munchkin Luna Baby Gate with LED Light, Turn Key Mounted Safety Gate for Stairs, Hallways and Doors, Walk Through with Door, Silver
Owlet Duo Smart Baby Monitor
The Owlet Duo Smart Baby Monitor is the first that allows you to track your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate right in your own on home. Your baby can wear the smart sock whenever she’s sleeping, and if her oxygen or heart rate levels go out of the “safe” zones, an alarm sounds.
It can definitely help you sleep a little easier knowing your little one’s vitals are being monitored. This package includes the Owlet monitor and Smart Sock. The monitor offers high-definition audio and video so you can watch your baby while she sleeps.
Warning: Home oxygen and heart-rate monitors can often show incorrect readings, and they should never be used in place of safe sleep practices.
Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Latches
The Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi-Use Latches aren’t going to win any “Most Aesthetically Pleasing” award, but they will keep your baby out of unsafe places, which is the most important thing.
These easy-to-use latches attach to anything: cabinets, drawers, toilet bowls, appliances, and more. They’ll prevent your child from opening cabinets full of cleaning supplies or sticking his hands in the toilet.
The adhesive pad on the back makes them easy to apply, but they won’t damage furniture. The dual-operation button is required to release them, so your child won’t figure out how to remove them any time soon.
Sycees Plug-In LED Night-Lights with Sensors
Night feedings (and crying) are pretty much par for the course with a baby. And stumbling groggily through a dark house is a recipe for disaster. The last thing you need is to trip and fall, especially if you’re holding your infant. That’s where Sycees Plug-In LED Night-Lights come in! They offer just enough light in dark hallways and rooms.
They also have sensors, so they only turn on when a room is dark enough to need them. They switch off automatically as soon it gets light. They’re also small and compact enough that you can still use the second outlet. These will also come in handy if your child is ever afraid of the dark.
Sycees Plug-in LED Night Light with Dusk-to-Dawn Sensor for Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Hallway, Stairs, Daylight White, 6-Pack
Safety 1st Stay Clean Humidifier
A humidifier is a good thing to have in your child’s room. They add moisture to the air and create optimal breathing conditions, especially if baby has a cold or is a little stuffy. The only annoying thing about them is you have to clean them often to prevent any dangerous mold or bacteria from building up.
The Safety 1st Stay Clean Humidifier is unique because it uses Vital Vio’s antimicrobial LED technology. This continuously kills microbes by creating an inhospitable environment that inhibit their growth. This doesn’t mean you’ll never have to clean it, but you won’t have to do it as often.
Dreambaby Window Blind Cord Wind-Ups
Seemingly innocent window blind cords can be a real danger to children—they can get wound around their necks. To keep little hands away from them, try these Dreambaby Blind Cord Wind-Ups.
They’re really easy to use. You just open the Wind-Up, stick the cord in the slot, snap it closed, and then rotate them to the top of the cord to “wind up” the excess length. This will keep those dangerous cords is safely out of baby’s reach. They’re also easy to take off when they’re no longer needed.
Dreambaby Blind Cord Wind Ups – Safety Wraps for Dangling Window Curtain Strings – Model T937 (8 Count)
The official recommendation for when young children can start safely using blankets at night is 18 months. If your family members are always asking if your child is cold (like ours do), the HALO Sleepsacks are the perfect solution.
These wearable blankets keep baby warm without compromising sleep safety. It goes over your little one’s pajamas, then you just zip it up. Their hands and arms remain free, but the extra fabric around their body keeps them cozier.
The bottom also keeps their feet warm, while giving those little legs plenty of wiggle room.
TotTech Forget Me Not
On average, 39 children under the age of 15 die every year in the U.S. from heatstroke after being left in a hot car. This is one of those scary things every parent thinks they would never allow to happen. But the truth is … it might.
Research has shown these parents experience some sort of mental block that puts them on “autopilot,” and they genuinely forget their child is in the car.
The TotTech ForgetMeNot aims to help prevent this tragedy. It’s the first smart car seat insert that detects whether a child is in the seat. If so, it automatically turns on. It connects to the TotTech app on your phone, and if the phone ventures too far from the car seat, the app alerts you.
If the alert sounds for more than 10 minutes without a response, your emergency contacts will receive a text.
Buckle Me Baby Coats
One thing you often don’t learn about babies until you have one is they aren’t supposed to wear coats in their car seat. The average coat can add up to four inches of space between your child and the safety harness, meaning the car seat can’t do its job properly. If something happens, your child wouldn’t be safe in there.
But then, how are you supposed to keep your child warm in her car seat? The answer is Buckle Me Baby Coats. They’re specifically made to be worn in car seats. The front easily unzips so you can safely put the car seat harness over your baby.
Once she’s secure in her seat, you just zip up the front panel again, and she’ll stay nice and warm. The jacket won’t interfere with the safety harness.
Duracell Lithium Coin Battery with Bitter Coating
According to Duracell, hundreds of lithium coin batteries are accidentally ingested every year, and more than half of these are swallowed by children under the age of 6. An ingested lithium coin battery can cause a harmful chemical reaction, resulting in serious complications.
The Duracell Lithium Coin Battery with Bitter Coating has a nontoxic coating that tastes (as you likely guessed from the name) bitter. It discourages kids from swallowing it. Once they taste it, they’ll be more likely to spit it out or put it down. The peace of mind these deliver make them worth stocking up on instead of the regular kind.
Duracell - 2032 3V Lithium Coin Battery - with Bitter Coating - 1 Count
Tastes so bad, they'll (hopefully) spit it out.