27 Baby-Proofing Items Every House Needs ASAP

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Play Yard

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Many parents have blissfully unrealistic dreams of putting their toddler in a playpen in the living room with a handful of toys, and the child actually staying happily occupied while Mom or Dad cleans the house or works from home or even just reads a book. Most parents find that this is far from reality, but that doesn’t mean that these kinds of play yards have no place in the baby-friendly home. Play yards — think segments of baby gates that can be attached together to form a rectangle or hexagon — are actually quite versatile. They can be used to fence off areas that are far too wide for a standard baby gate, or they can be spread in an arch in front of bookshelves or televisions or other non-baby-friendly furniture and electronics that can’t realistically be removed from the room. Every home should have at least one of these around.

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