The “Wonder Weeks”
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…
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Child-Proofing (Part 7) Firearms
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…
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Child-Proofing (Part 6) – Pipe Insulation, Your Best Friend
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:…
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Child-Proofing (Part 5) – A Bit More On Latches
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…
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Child-proofing (Part 3) – The TV Strap
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…
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Child-proofing (Part 2) – The Baby Gate
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…
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Baby Cam Part 3  – Tips and Tricks
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…
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Baby Cam Part 2 – Foscam Setup
If you missed Part 1, you can find it here: Baby Cam Part 1 Foscam is the leader in the baby camera market.  They make a wide variety of cameras.  I’d recommend the 1983P, which produces a 1080p image. Unfortunately, the Foscam set-up is a huge pain in the ass. We here at baby.wtf are…
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Baby Cam (yes, you need one)
The single most useful tool I have in my baby tool arsenal is my baby surveillance camera.  I have several. Mine are from Foscam although many brands are available.  They run about $100 each for a decent on and the configuration is a pain in the ass.  Once it’s set up though it’s indispensable. My…
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Don’t Buy New Baby Stuff (you idiot!)
Do not buy new baby stuff.  That’s stupid.  And you’re not stupid. Whether we’re talking about cribs or swings or rockers or clothes, baby stuff is outrageously priced.  The first time I walked into Babies R Us, I was astonished at the prices. Why do people buy it?  Well they are very cute and frequently…
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