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First off, to alleviate your fears - while the backside of a fridge is not usually meant to be touched, there should not be any serious danger from touching it. There are not hot elements to burn you, and no exposed wires with dangerous voltages - if the fridge follows the safety regulations. There are, however, possibly some sharp metal parts and it's ...


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The AAP says never use crib bumpers: Crib bumpers (or bumper pads) may seem as though they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads can prevent serious injuries, and they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. In addition, older babies can use them for ...


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Pool noodles are a great idea, though my favored go-to here is pipe insulation. You can find it in black and rubberized, which tends to blend into the background really well. I wouldn't worry about the kid dislodging it if you get the right size - make it a tight fit. Don't worry about ventilation, just don't run it up very far. I also put it underneath the ...


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Don't worry. First, there is nothing dangerous on the backside of a modern (1980 or newer) fridge, except for a great deal of dust and probably spider webs. The kid will probably find enough dust elsewhere. Wires are isolated, tubes get hot to touch but not hot enough to cause real damage. Second, nothing bad will actually happen if you push the fridge to ...


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Pool Noodles. They can be trimmed to fix any gap that is smaller than them. They are not permanent (in case you are renting). With one put in the gap, if he reaches back there, all that will happen is that the pool noodle will be pushed back, then as an advantage, you will also know if he tried to explore while you back was turned.


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I originally didn't want to write this as a separate answer because swbarnes2's answer is perfect. However, I did want to add this extra info. Without a crib bumper the worst-case nightmare scenario, that is almost impossible is a broken arm or leg without a crib bumper (and I have never heard of that happening, it would be a freak accident). With a crib ...


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As a dog owner, former dog breeder, and parent, I love this question. How do you teach a kid ... this age about a dog's prey drive? At 5, unless you want to teach your child about carnivores, herbivores, and prey (Nature red in tooth and claw, and all that), I wouldn't call it a prey drive. I would just explain that dogs are attracted to and excited by "...


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At four, understanding the difference between reality and fiction is a work in progress. Research has shown that children may begin to learn that difference by four, using the context in which the information is presented to help differentiate between the two. However, this ability isn't fully developed by four. Each child is different here, and some will ...


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He might just grow taller again I would hope he does! Some babies just like to climb, and there's nothing you can do to stop them - my oldest was one of those. I don't think we had to go to toddler bed quite so fast (our crib converted), but it was pretty close, and realistically he'd known how to climb out before we switched. We switched at around 15-18 ...


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Slightly different answer that might be useful for future readers. We had some success baby-proofing with perspex sheets and velcro patches. My toddler was forever emptying the lower shelves in our bookcase. My husband bought some large, rigid, clear perspex sheets (maybe 1m by 0.6m? big enough to cover the bottom two shelves of our bookcases). He fitted ...


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Note: We cannot diagnose a medical condition nor give you medical advice, so this answer addresses the generalities of a baby raising their head; in your specific instance, if you have any medical concerns, please call your pediatrician. One of the earlier milestones you will track is neck/head control, and it sounds like you're in the middle of that right ...


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Children falling from the beds are a known danger, and you are rightly concerned (see, for example, Chaudhary, 2018). When you transition the child out of the crib and into the toddler bed, consider adding a bed guard rail or a bed bumper. Our kids would have fallen onto the floor many times if not for these. Search the web for something like amazon best ...


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swbarnes2's answer is the "correct" one because the AAP has lots of data they are basing their advice on. Having said that, I used a breathable mesh bumper with most of my 5 kids because of their tendency to get an arm or leg stuck which at best woke us up at night because they were stuck and at worst led to minor bruising. When I installed my ...


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