Cleaning products

DO: Use natural cleaners when you can

DO: Have the phone number for poison control displayed for you or any other caregivers

DO: Keep them up high and out of reach or in a cabinet with a safety lock

DON’T: Leave cleaners and detergents within a child's reach, under a sink


DO: Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for each floor of your home

DO: Have a working fire extinguisher for each floor

DO: Have an escape plan mapped out for your family in the case of fire and practice it together when your children are old enough

DO: Consider installing stove knob locks

DON’T: leave matches or lighters within a child's reach


DO: Have a basic first aid kit that's easily accessible

DON’T: Keep medicine bottles within reach of young children, even if they are "child proof"


DO: Have window guards or window stops installed in windows above the first floor

DON’T: Use blinds with long cords that can be a strangulation hazard


DO: Use a rubber mat or non-skid decals in the tub or shower to prevent slips and falls

DON’T: Use small throw rugs without a rug pad—they are easy to trip on and can be slippery

DON’T: Use thin rugs that curl at the edges, as they are a tripping hazard

Baby proofing

DO:  Use baby gates near stairs

DO: Cover all electrical outlets or block them with furniture

DO: Cover sharp edges, such as a coffee table's corners, with corner guards when new walkers are in the house

DO: secure large furniture to the wall so it can't be pulled down on top of a child


DO: Keep the crib clear of bumpers, pillows, blankets and toys

DON’T: Use a drop-side crib; they've been prohibited in the U.S. since 2011

Lead paint

DO: Have your home inspected for lead paint if it was built before 1978, and especially if you are planning a renovation


DO: Cover or block radiators when they're on to prevent burns