Our car seat cost more than a good A/V receiver and had a manual that 300+ pages long.  I’m not kidding. It’s one of those things that seems like an incomprehensible riddle the first time you do it but after you know what you’re doing is quite easy.  For example, we didn’t even know that cars had these little car seat hooks in the back seat until we had a baby.  But they do! There are many choices but we’re going to review the one that we use which is the undisputed king of car seats, the Britax B-Safe 35:…

Can’t figure out why your little loved one is suddenly a tyrannical, inconsolable monster?  Congratulations!  You’re experiencing a “Wonder Week.” The “Wonder Weeks” refers to very specific critical weeks in your child’s development when he or she is making a big cognitive leap and is also a huge pain in the neck. This phrase comes from a best-selling book of the same name by Hetty van de Ritj and Frans Plooij.  The authors’ web page is here and has a lot of helpful information. The Wonder Weeks Web Page In a nutshell, the concept is that as your young one’s mind is growing,…

Nothing is more important than protecting your child from firearms. First of all, in 2015, one person a week was shot by a toddler as this article in the Washington Post points out. One person a week shot by a toddler That is just crazy, particularly when it’s so preventable. If you’re a “gun fancier” we’re going to assume you also spent the coin on a $700 or $800 fancy gun safe, the kind that holds a dozen rifles. Those are great, if you have long guns and need the space. However, this article is aimed at the typical city dweller…

Pipe insulation.  What the hell is that and why would you want it? Because it’s cheap and perfect. On the one hand, you could  buy this on Amazon.com. Roving Cove Corner Protectors This is a fancy and expensive product made for protecting sharp edges, such as on a glass coffee table. It looks like this: And don’t get us wrong – if  you happen to have a glass table that you need to child-proof, this stuff is pretty good but very expensive at $15.99. It also may not be robust enough for what you’re trying to cover. But here’s the…

There is one other latch product that we do highly recommend and that’s this one, the Munchkin Cabinet Latches. Munchkin Cabinet Latches These are $7.99 for 2 and a bit pricey, but they are super handy for certain kinds of cabinets, such as this one: This weird little utility cabinet was catnip for my daughter who was constantly trying to get inside.  The Munchkin latch took literally 1 minute to install. These are also very good for toilets, washers and dryers and so on.  The two latches each have an adhesive strip and two buttons. You open it by depressing…

Now we come to the real pain in the ass in the land of child-proofing.  Most people have a lot of cabinets in their home – kitchen, bathrooms, utility rooms and more – and you can rest assured your precious toddler will try each and every one until he finds the one that’s not latched. There are a variety of products available from very simple screw in cabinet locks that cost $4.00 for a box full to extremely expensive magnetic locks that are $20 for 4 units.  The good news is, after testing a half dozen products, we recommend the…

This one is pretty easy but absolutely essential.  Strap your TV. Currently, in 2016, falling TVs are a leading cause of toddler injuries.  You’ll want to do this ASAP. You’re going to need to buy the actual TV Strap. I used this one from Amazon and recommend it, but there are myriad options. This one is less than $20 and installs in ten minutes. Secure Home TV Strap To install it, you’ll need just three things: a Phillips #2 screwdriver, a stud-finder and a drill.  You can spend a lot of money on a fancy digital stud-finder, but really all you need…

Confronting The Baby Gate Chances are, this will be the first child-proofing thing you buy and for good reason!  It’s your containment system. With a lot of the products in this category, we either don’t have a clear recommendation, don’t recommend any.  However, in this case, there is a clear winner.  The Regalo Easy-Step Baby Gate. Regalo Easy Step Baby Gate There are baby gates on Amazon for $10 and there are baby gates for $200.  The Regalo is $32 and it’s a steal at that price. It’s extremely easy to install, fits most standard doors and comes with an…

For the first two articles in this series, click here: Baby Cam Part 1 Baby Cam Part 2 Foscam Tech Support How bad is Foscam Tech Support?  Imagine your cable company, your mobile phone company and the Harbor Freight help desk all rolled into one. It’s horrible! I’ve called 3 times and each time I’ve waited on hold for more than 90 minutes. Don’t go there if you can help it. Home Network Only – No Internet Access Do NOT put your baby cam on an open network or on the web. Theoretically, if you’ve got a really locked down…