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Some baby safety products are failproof in that their effectiveness isn't dependent on the caregiver and they work 100 percent of the time. The more complicated the product, though, the more ways in which it can be misused.

"Don't be fooled into thinking that because you're buying the right product, your job's done," Waller says. "You can have a top-of-the-line restraint system, but just because your kids don't like them or they fidget when strapped in, don't allow that to become the driver for whether you use it correctly."

Manufacturers struggle to minimize the amount of a product's reliance on the user — such as a high chair that's easy to use but hard for a child to wiggle out of — but for now, parents will have to take on that responsibility. "Educate not only yourself but the people you have caring for your child," Campbell says. "Once you have the knowledge, it's just as easy to do it right as it is to do it wrong."

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