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Baby-proofing: safety tips for an active baby

Baby-proofing: safety tips for an active baby

While nothing takes the place of a parent's watchful eye, these seven basic tips will ensure that you and your home are ready for when your baby starts crawling.

  1. Get down to your baby's level – literally. Crawling around your house helps you see exactly which items are within his reach. For example, crawling under your desk may remind you of the rarely used outlet that's beneath it that needs to be covered.
  2. Block off the stairs. If you have stairs in the house, you'll need to place safety gates both at the top and the bottom of the stairs. If you're using pressure gates, a baby weighing enough could potentially dislodge them. Wall-mounted gates are a safer choice.
  3. Cut the cords. Make sure that anything with a cord is out of reach, including baby monitors and phones. It's also a smart idea to invest in cordless blinds and window treatments.
  4. Secure large, heavy items. Once your baby's crawling, she's going to try to pull herself up on objects. Make sure that things like TVs and bookcases are mounted to the wall or floor.
  5. Lock up any potential hazards. The garage, basement, bathroom, exercise room and home office are all rooms where the contents can pose a danger to your baby. Any cabinet containing cleaning supplies, paints, heavy tools, weights, small pieces or chemicals of any kind should be locked and placed out of reach.
  6. Baby-proof all edges and outlets. All sharp edges on furniture should be cushioned, and all electrical sockets need to be protected with outlet covers.
  7. Teach safe walking. When your baby is ready to start walking, practice going up and down the stairs, showing him that he should always hold the railing. Remove any small rugs that could potentially cause him to slip and fall.

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It's Time

Gabriel 5/19/2016
One of our twins just started scooting! Looks like this weekend is time for our baby proofing Stage 1.

On the move

Sarah 5/1/2016
Good tips! My little one is all over. It helps getting on her level on the floor!

My workout

4/24/2016
My son is 10 months old and all he wants to do is be on the floor not in his walker or activity center, I have tile all over my home and at first I was scared to have him on the ground. I would get down on the floor with him and crawl next to him so he wouldn't slip and hit himself on the hard ground but let me tell you he is a PRO! Give him a ball and he is all over the place. Just always keep eyes on the little one they are sneaky lol

Almost there

4/1/2016
My baby is 3 months and I started baby proofing my home.

Ready to crawl

3/23/2016
My son is ready to start crawling - eek. I have to set time aside to proof our apartment.
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