“Debra Smiley Holtzman, mother of two and former lawyer, is the type of woman I would want as a neighbor. I’d want her nearby because when it comes to safety – particularly child safety – Holtzman is THE expert.”

– Ana Veciana Suarez, Miami Herald

“Debra Smiley Holtzman shows parents how to create a child-safe home on a real-life budget.”
Erin Huffstetler, Frugal Living expert

“Holtzman offers parents of young children a well-written guide on home safety. Besides the expected areas like the nursery, the bathroom, and the kitchen, Holtzman also covers the backyard, the home office, and the basement. The “Room-by-Room Checklist” and the list of resources in the appendix are handy and extensive. Highly recommended for public libraries.”
Library Journal

“The biggest threat to the health of a child is an unsafe environment. Every parent and grandparent should read this book and follow the advice.”
Michael P. Nussbaum, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, State University of NY

“The Safe Baby is extremely authoritative, comprehensive and well organized. This book will be a valuable addition to any parent’s library. As a physician who cares for children who have been the victims of trauma, I want to congratulate you on this very important initiative in helping to reduce infant and childhood injuries.”

– Gary Birken, M.D. Pediatric Surgeon, Surgeon in Chief and Director of the Pediatric Trauma Center, Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital

“To new parents, it sometimes seems as though there are life-threatening safety hazards lurking in every room in the house. Fortunately, there’s no need to panic. In The Safe Baby, Debra Holtzman takes us on room-by-room tour, thoroughly and calmly identifying problem areas and offering specific, easy-to-implement solutions. No home should be without a copy.”
Armin Brott, author of The New Father and A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years

“Debra Holtzman’s columns have interested my readership for years, and I am exceptionally happy that she has put this book together. What a wonderful resource for parents, and what interesting reading!”

– Phyllis Juried, Publisher, Today’s Parent

“The only book parents will ever need, The Safe Baby is the most comprehensive book I’ve ever seen on the topic of home safety. I can think of no better gift to the new family than a copy of this book.  Even if you have already raised several children, there are topics in this book that will be new to you or pages you turn down because you’ve forgotten to be as safe as you should.  It was a good refresher for our family, and we have a five year-old!”
Sheri Wallace, Associate Publisher, REAL Magazine, Former Editor-in-Chief,

“Author Debra Smiley Holtzman—of the Discovery Health Channel’s Make Room for Baby—didn’t miss a beat. She covers just about every possible issue dealing with child safety. This ‘how to’ guide provides new parents with an in-depth explanation on protecting children from dangers. Some of the numerous topics included are preparing for emergencies, food safety, environmental hazards and choosing a daycare facility. Holtzman’s thoroughness is continued in the appendices, which list pages of helpful resources. ”

– E – The Environmental Magazine

“A candid, practical, thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ instructional manual, this do-it-yourself advisory will have still another additional benefit — peace of mind for stressed out parents!”
—Midwest Book Review

“I unreservedly recommend this book to any new parent, and this is probably my new gift to any prospective adoptive parents in preparation for that nerve-wracking home visit. So if you’re a new parent (or grandparent, or close family member or friend of a new parent) run out and grab a copy soon. You’ll be glad you did.”

—Karen Walrond, Blogging baby

“Is your home-accident-proof? The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety is a resource that’s useful if a child ever spends time in your home. It’s written by child safety and health expert Debra Smiley Holtzman, who is also the safety expert on Discovery Health Channel’s Make Room for Baby.  Ms. Holtzman offers cost-effective, easy-to-implement solutions, including room-to-room safety checklists, and she covers topics such as child-proofing your home office, emergency-disaster instructions and how to keep back yards safe.”

-Dallas Morning News-

“It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information here, but the author’s overall approach  is positive and the precautions she suggest are straightforward. With a room-by-room checklist, a list of common poisonous plants, and a rundown of other safety resources, parents will wonder how they could have done without The Safe Baby.”

-Kirkus Review

“Protecting vulnerable populations is one of our passions at The Healthy House Institute (HHI), and it is gratifying to see Debra Smiley Holtzman ‘s comprehensive and well-written volume, The Safe Baby, addressing that most vulnerable of populations: babies.  This guide is a tour de force covering virtually every topic important to ensuring that babies have a safe and healthy environment to live and grow in. Highly recommended.”

-Allen Rathey, President of The Healthy House Institute (HHI)

Probably best to first spend a little quality time out there in a lounge chair reading Debra Smiley Holtzman’s latest eye-opening book—The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety.

Herself a mother, former lawyer, and safety expert featured on Discovery Health Channel’s Make Room for Baby program, offers parents a practical and comprehensive collection of tips, insights and warnings.

The Safe Baby is helpful reading in any season—and in any area of the home. Holtzman’s room-to-room and inside-to-outside safety review takes parents on a baby’s-eye tour of their own home. It’s time well spent.

-Safe Homes Magazine-

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