Mommy’s Little Helpers: Baby Registry Must-Haves for Safety-Minded Parents

BY: Christina Hansen


Whether you’re an expectant parent who is putting together a baby registry, or a Mom-to-Be’s friend in search of the perfect shower gift, has a few ideas to help you break away from the usual lineup of onesies, receiving blankets, and diaper bags. Tiny clothes and cute, cuddly baby accessories can be fun to shop for and watch the new parents unwrap, but do these gifts have the ability to save a life?

As soon as a small child enters the picture, previously benign household cables and window treatment cords can suddenly become hazards for electrocution, tripping, and strangulation. Crawling infants and walking toddlers don’t realize the dangers that can lurk as they explore their surroundings, and can often be tempted to chew or pull on electrified cables, and wrap the cords from drapes or blinds around their necks.

Our registry must-haves not only deter babies and children from cable-related dangers, they also do so in ways that won’t detract from grown-up décor. They may not be the most obvious baby gift picks, but then again, surprises are always more fun.

  • cable turtle with cordCable Turtles: What style-conscious new Mom wouldn’t appreciate a child safety product that is straight out of the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Collection? Perfect for limiting a small child’s access to slack power cables and extra-long window treatment cords, the compact and sleekly designed Cable Turtle winds up and conceals excess length within its colorful, tidy little shell. Cable Turtles are available in a rainbow of bright and neutral colors, but if you want a perfect match for the New Arrival’s room, opt for our favorites: baby pink and blue.

  • WireMateThe WireMate™ Cord Organizer: Is the Mom or Dad-to-be planning on working from home when the baby arrives? As soon as infants begin to crawl, slack cords beneath or behind home computer workstations can become very tempting to chew or pull on, and should be considered a potential danger. One way to prevent small children and home office cables from getting acquainted with each other is to install a WireMate™ on the back of your desk or the wall right behind it. Once mounted to a surface, the WireMate’s base allows you to coil and organize excess cord length on its neatly ordered rows of spooling hooks. After the cables have been tidied to your heart’s content, just snap the lid over top, rendering them out of sight and out of reach for the curious little cuties in your life.