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September is Baby Safety Month, so let’s take look at some of the ways innovations in rubber, foam and plastic are helping protect our little ones.

September is Baby Safety Month, so let’s take look at some of the ways innovations in rubber, foam and plastic are helping protect our little ones.

Walk into the home of a family with a little tyke crawling around and you might notice the array of strategically placed bumpers, barriers, monitors and an ever-accumulating number of other safeguards installed throughout the house to make it babyproof. On the other hand, you might not notice them — because they’re stealthier than ever. Stronger too. Beyond highchairs, strollers and car seats it's clear that manufacturers are looking to invent the next petroleum-based product that could help keep babes safe at home.

Check out this list of items we saw in the house of a newly-walking infant:

  • Adjustable gate
  • Cabinet and drawer lock or latch
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
  • Color-changing, heat-sensitive baby spoon
  • Corner guard
  • Door handle cover
  • Door finger pinch protector
  • Electrical outlet cover
  • Electrical cord wrap
  • Foam play mat
  • Oven lock
  • Power strip cover
  • Rubber ducky water thermometer
  • Rubberized faucet cover
  • Safety strap
  • Shelving bracket
  • Stove knob cover
  • Tip-resistant furniture safety bracket
  • Toilet seat lid lock
  • TV bracket
  • Video monitor
  • Window guard