Baby proofing should involve analysis of different hazards during the run-up to Christmas.
This is according to Gene Kuchartski, owner of Chicago-based in-home childproofing firm Baby Safe Boundaries, who was quoted by Medill News Service as saying the Christmas tree is the biggest danger in the festive season.
A safety gate ought to be used to the room leading towards this decoration, he claimed, calling it "an absolute death trap".
Bob Baulac, who owns Safe Surroundings Childproofing, was quoted by the publication as advising mums and dads to take a playpen around with them when visiting friends and relatives so they can keep youngsters enclosed.
Furthermore, a portable child safety gate can also allow them to keep their offspring out of harm's way, he added.
Christmas presents bought for youngsters must be toddler proof and should not have any small parts, medical director of the Loyola Center for Health in Wheaton Dr Sean Cahill recently wrote for the Chicago Tribune's Triblocal Wheaton site.