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No parent is perfect, and accidents can happen. Close calls with hot coffee mugs or loose change are inevitably going to scare the life out of us—but there's a lot we can do to help prevent them.

When our little ones start getting on the move, it's the right time to do a full check of baby safety at home to keep everyone safe. So get down on the ground—on your little one's level—and see what looks fun and adventurous. Make sure it's their play mat or blocks and not your phone charger or random paper clips on the ground.

We've rounded up 25 important safety reminders—from keeping your child's crib safe to teething tips, and everything in between.

Room, crib, and sleep safety tips

1. Electronics with cords (i.e. monitor, sound machine, etc.)

  • Never place the monitor or sleep machine on the edge or inside the bed.
  • Always make sure cords are at least three feet away from the crib.
  • Similarly, make sure all cords from blinds and shades are tied up and out of reach.

2. Bedding

3. Toys and stuffed animals

4. Sleep positions

5. Crib specifics

6. Room temperature

House safety tips from The International Association for Child Safety

7. Clutter

8. Furniture and stairs

  • Make sure bookcases, bureaus—anything capable of tipping over onto your child—are securely fastened to the wall.
  • Never put furniture, large toys (anything your child is able to climb) near bannisters, railings—anything that your child could climb up and over.
  • Place corner protectors on sharp edges such as coffee tables.
  • Install gates to block off stairs.

9. Bathroom items

  • Never leave bathroom trash cans out; make sure they are secured in a locked cabinet. There could be razors, small choking hazards, old medicines, and other dangerous items.
  • Get a toilet lock.
  • Be sure medicine is securely put away.

10. Dishwasher

11. Cleaning products

  • Make sure you have a secure, hard-to-reach place to store your cleaning products and any toxic solutions.
  • They should be locked up so that even if your little one was to find the spot, they couldn't access them.
  • Same goes for any alcohol you may keep in the house.

12. Chargers and electronics

  • To prevent strangulation or any electricity mishaps, make sure all chargers are unplugged when not in use, and out of reach of your children.
  • Never allow electronics near water.

13. Pet foods, water bowls, kitty litter

  • Be sure these items or put away when baby is around, or in a gated area to prevent any choking or drowning hazards.
  • Our children are curious and once they're mobile they can easily get their hands on almost anything if not locked up and secure.

14. Tablecloths

  • Who needs tablecloths anyway? Yes, they are very chic, however, a little one on the go could easily reach and pull the tablecloth (along with whatever is on top of it) down.

Health and bathing safety tips

15. Fevers and medication

What constitutes a fever according to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Normal temp. -- between 97.5°F (36.4°C) and 99.5°F (37.5°C).
  • Fever -- most pediatricians consider a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) as a sign of a fever.

Causes of a fever according to the AAP:

  • "A fever is usually caused by infections from viruses (such as a cold or the flu) or bacteria (such as strep throat or some ear infections). The fever itself is not the disease, only a sign that the body's defenses are trying to fight an infection."

How can you take your child's temp according to the AAP:

  • Digital multiuse thermometer (can be used rectally, orally, or axillary.)
  • Temporal artery (used on the side of the forehead)
  • Tympanic (used in the ear)

How to treat a fever according to the AAP:

  • "If your child is older than 6 months and has a fever, she probably does not need to be treated for the fever unless she is uncomfortable. Watch her; if she is drinking, eating, sleeping normally, and is able to play, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself and do not need to treat."
  • How to improve fever: keep the room cool, dress your child in light clothing, encourage him/her to drink fluids, don't let them overexert themselves, and check with your pediatrician before giving medicine.
  • "Acetaminophen andibuprofen are safe and effective medicines if used as directed for improving your child's comfort, and they may also decrease the fever." (Do not give a child under 6 months ibuprofen. Never give your child Aspirin.)
  • Call your pediatrician if your child is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher, or the fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age. Read more about specific scenarios in which you should notify your pediatrician right away.

16. Vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Vaccines are safe; The United States' long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible.
  • Some side effects may occur, and most are very minor (soreness where the shot was given, fussiness, or a low-grade fever). These side effects typically only last a couple of days and are treatable.
  • Vaccines can prevent infectious diseases and these disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
  • Be sure your pediatrician understands the schedule you would like to follow for your child.
  • Read more information on frequently asked questions about infant vaccines from the CDC.

17. Teething and medication

18. Snot removal

  • Gently use a rubber suction bulb syringe, or our favorite booger buster, the Nose Frida to safely remove mucus so your child can breathe better.

19. Burns, cuts, injuries

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Do not ice or rub the burn.
  • Cool first and second degree burns with cool running water. Cool third degree burns with wet, sterile dressings until you seek further help.
  • After the burn has cooled, cover it loosely with a dry bandage or clean cloth.
  • Do not put medical ointment on a burn.

20. Poison, choking

21. Bathing

  • Never, ever leave your baby unattended in or near the bath. Children can drown in less than an inch of water.
    • Good tip: Put your cell phone away when you're bathing your children to prevent dangerous distractions
  • 2 to 4 inches of water is sufficient.
  • Make sure the water is lukewarm; test with your elbow before putting your baby in.
  • Make sure the bathroom itself is warm enough so baby doesn't get chilly.
  • Add a rubber mat to the tub to prevent slips.
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F. It only takes three seconds to get third degree burns from water at 140 degrees F.

Car seat safety tips

22. Installation

  • Find your local car seat technician or see if your local police or fire department installs car seats and make an appointment.

23. Placement

24. Buckling and chest clip

25. Temperature tips

  • On warm days, be sure to check the metal parts of your child's car seat in order to prevent any burns.
  • On cold days, be sure not to bundle your child up in snowsuits, jackets, or wrapping blankets around them before buckling them up. Buckle baby up first, and then cover with a blanket if desired.

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As a former beauty editor, I pride myself in housing the best skincare products in my bathroom. Walk in and you're sure to be greeted with purifying masks, micellar water, retinol ceramide capsules and Vitamin C serums. What can I say? Old habits die hard. But when I had my son, I was hesitant to use products on him. I wanted to keep his baby-soft skin for as long as possible, without tainting it with harsh chemicals.

Eventually, I acquiesced and began using leading brands on his sensitive skin. I immediately regretted it. His skin became dry and itchy and regardless of what I used on him, it never seemed to get better. I found myself asking, "Why don't beauty brands care about baby skin as much as they care about adult skin?"

When I had my daughter in May, I knew I had to take a different approach for her skin. Instead of using popular brands that are loaded with petroleum and parabens, I opted for cleaner products. These days I'm all about skincare that contains super-fruits (like pomegranate sterols, which are brimming with antioxidants) and sulfate-free cleansers that contain glycolipids that won't over-dry her skin. And, so far, Pipette gets it right.

What's in it

At first glance, the collection of shampoo, wipes, balm, oil and lotion looks like your typical baby line—I swear cute colors and a clean look gets me everytime—but there's one major difference: All products are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free, with ingredients derived from plants or nontoxic synthetic sources. Also, at the core of Pipette's formula is squalane, which is basically a powerhouse moisturizing ingredient that babies make in utero that helps protect their skin for the first few hours after birth. And, thanks to research, we know that squalane isn't an irritant, and is best for those with sensitive skin. Finally, a brand really considered my baby's dry skin.

Off the bat, I was most interested in the baby balm because let's be honest, can you ever have too much protection down there? After applying, I noticed it quickly absorbed into her delicate skin. No rash. No irritation. No annoyed baby. Mama was happy. It's also worth noting there wasn't any white residue left on her bottom that usually requires several wipes to remove.

Why it's different

I love that Pipette doesn't smell like an artificial baby—you, know that powdery, musky note that never actually smells like a newborn. It's fragrance free, which means I can continue to smell my daughter's natural scent that's seriously out of this world. I also enjoy that the products are lightweight, making her skin (and my fingers) feel super smooth and soft even hours after application.

The bottom line

Caring for a baby's sensitive skin isn't easy. There's so much to think about, but Pipette makes it easier for mamas who don't want to compromise on safety or sustainability. I'm obsessed, and I plan to start using the entire collection on my toddler as well. What can I say, old habits indeed die hard.

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Military families give up so much for their country, particularly when they have small children at home. Those of us who have never witnessed this kind of sacrifice first-hand could use a reminder of it once in a while, which is just one of the reasons we're so happy to see the beautiful photoshoot Mary Chevalier arranged for her husband's return home from Afghanistan.

The photoshoot was extra special because while James Chevalier was serving a nine-month deployment, Mary gave birth to their second son, Caspian.

Getting ready to meet Dad

"During the laboring and birthing process of Caspian, I was surrounded by family, but that did not fill the void of not having my husband by my side," Mary told InsideEdition.com. "He was able to video chat during the labor and birth, but for both of us, it was not enough."

While James had yet to meet Caspian, their 3-year-old son, Gage, missed his dad a whole lot, so this homecoming was going to be a big deal for him too. That's why Mary arranged for her wedding photographer, Brittany Watson, to be with them for their reunion in Atlanta.

Gage was so happy to see his Dad 

"[He] had no idea he was going to be getting to see his daddy that day," Watson wrote on Facebook. "The family met at the Southeastern Railway Museum for Gage to go on a special train ride... little did he know, he'd be doing it with daddy!"

Watson did a beautiful job capturing the high emotions of every single family member, from Gage's surprise, to the delight on baby Caspian's face. It's no wonder her Facebook post went viral last week.

"Caspian is natural, a very happy baby, but both James and I felt like Caspian knew who his father was almost immediately," Mary told Inside Edition. "He was easily comforted by me husband right off the bat and seemed to have an instant connection. It was very emotional."

The moment this dad had been waiting for 

If we're sobbing just looking at the photos, we can't even imagine what it was like in real life.

"We are all so blessed and take so much for granted," Watson wrote. "I cannot contain the joy I feel in my heart when I look at these images, and I hope you feel it too!"

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During both of my pregnancies, I was under the care of an amazing midwife. Every time I went to her office for check-ups, I was mesmerized by the wall of photos participating in what may be the most painfully magical moment of a woman's life: giving birth. But there was a painting that always drew my attention: a woman dressed in orange, holding her newborn baby with a face that could be described as clueless. The line above the canvas read, "Now what?"

I felt like the woman in the painting as I kissed my mother goodbye when my daughter was born. She came from my native Colombia to stay with us for three months. When she left, I realized that my husband had been working as usual during those first 90 days of our new life. My baby was born on a Friday and on Monday he was back at the office. (No parental leave policy for him.)


Now what? I thought. The quote "It takes a village to raise a child" suddenly started to hit home, literally.

After a few years in Miami, I had some friends, but it truly didn't feel like I had a village. Some were not mothers yet, most of them worked full-time and others didn't live close by. My nomad life left my best friends spread out in different places in the world. I found myself signing up for "mommy and me" classes in search of new mothers, immigrants like me, alone like me.

It seemed like a utopian dream to think about when my grandmothers became mothers. Both of them had 6 and 10 children and they were able to stay sane (or maybe not? I don't know). But at least they had family around—people cooking, offering help. There was a sense of community.

My mother and father grew up in "the village." Big families with so many children that the older siblings ended up taking care of the little ones; aunts were like second mothers and neighbors became family.

When I was about to give birth to my second baby, my sister had just had her baby girl back in Colombia. Once, she called me crying because her maternity leave was almost over. My parents live close to her, so that was a bonus. Hiring a nanny back there is more affordable. But even seeing the positive aspects of it, I wished I could have been there for her, to be each other's village.

The younger me didn't realize that when I took a plane to leave my country in search of new experiences 19 years ago, I was giving up the chance to have my loved ones close by when I became a mother. And when I say close by, I mean as in no planes involved.

It hasn't been easy, but after two kids and plenty of mommy and me classes and random conversations that became true connections, I can say I have a mini-village, a small collection of solitudes coming together to lean on each other. But for some reason, it doesn't truly feel like one of those described in the old books where women gathered to knit while breastfeeding and all the children become like siblings.

Life gets in the way, and everyone gets sucked into their own worlds. In the absence of a true village, we feel the pressure to be and do everything that once was done by a group of people. We often lose perspective of priorities because we are taking care of everything at the same time. Starting to feel sick causes anxiety and even fear because it means so many things need to happen in order for mom—especially if single—to lay down and recover while the children are taken care of. And when the children get sick, that could mean losing money for a working mother or father, because the truth is that most corporations are not designed to nurture families.

In the absence of that model of a village I long for, we tend to rely on social media to have a sense of community and feel supported. We may feel that since we are capable of doing so much—working and stay at home moms equally—perhaps we don't need help. Or quite the opposite: mom guilt kicks in and feelings of not being enough torment our night sleep. Depression and anxiety can enter the picture and just thinking about the amount of energy and time that takes to create true connections, we may often curl up in our little cocoon with our children and partners—if they are present—when they come home.

Now what? was my thought this week while driving back and forth to the pediatrician with my sick son. I can't get the virus, I have to be strong, my daughter can't get ill, my husband needs to be healthy for his work trip next week, we all need to be well for my son's fifth birthday. And so, it goes on. I texted one of my mom friends just to rant. She rants back because her son is also sick. She sent me a heart and an "I'm here if you need to talk."

I am grateful to have talked to her at that random postpartum circle when I first became a mother. She's a Latina immigrant like me and feels exactly like me. I will do it more, get out of my comfort zone and have—sometimes—awkward conversations so I can keep growing my own little village.

It may not look like the one I'd imagined, but still may allow me to be vulnerable even through a text message.

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