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Baby Proof The Home (Overview)

Baby-proofing your home involves going through your home and reducing hazards to a baby. This should be done routinely as the baby develops and different safety needs arise. For example: a newborn should not have pillows or blankets in the crib, and consider placing a rug below the crib or changing table to soften the landing in case of a fall. As the baby gets older, tasks such as securing cabinets and plugging electrical outlets become important. Be sure to place all your cleaning products behind locked cabinets and away from your crawling baby.


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Why safety items do we need to baby proof our home?

Why safety items do we need to baby proof our home?

Baby's activities: Depending on the age, when your baby is crawling or cruising or walking, you need to get down at his/her level to a)remove any sharp objects b) put kindergaard locks on cabinets c) gates on stairways d) avoid baby walkers e) remove beakables and precious items & f) be present, be present, be present. Distraction often works when your child is "on a mission" to get into trouble. ...Read more

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Baby Proof The Home (Overview)

Baby-proofing your home involves going through your home and reducing hazards to a baby. This should be done routinely as the baby develops and different safety needs arise. For example: a newborn should not have pillows or blankets in the crib, and consider placing a rug below the crib or changing table to soften the landing in case of a fall. As the baby gets older, tasks such as securing cabinets and plugging electrical outlets become important. Be sure to place all your cleaning products behind locked cabinets and away from your crawling baby.


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How do I baby proof my house?

How do I baby proof my house?

I am limited...: ...To 420 characters to answer, but most pitfalls are beautifully shown here: http://babydr.Us/wordpress/2007/01/21/15/comment-page-1/#comment-23 and more detailed information here: http://familydoctor.Org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/safety/kids-family/027.Html. ...Read more

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When should I baby proof the house?

When should I baby proof the house?

0 months: The earlier the better; if you have your electric plugs, cabinet locks, stair gates, etc, in place for a while, it will be easier to figure out what you've overlooked before your child does. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to baby proof my house?

What are the best ways to baby proof my house?

Get on all fours: Get down to their level and while on all fours, go through your entire house preferably several people should do this. As previously stated lock up just about everything that the child could get their hands into. Remember drapes, electric cords, tv sets and audio equipment that could topple over, pull cord for window blinds, etc. Remember to: lock, cover, protect and discard. ...Read more

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What is the best way to baby proof the kitchen?

What is the best way to baby proof the kitchen?

Knob covers/latches: A great way to baby proof the kitchen is to get down on your hands and knees and look at what a baby can pull on, open, turn, or put in their mouth. Often times, it's the stove and oven knobs that need covers, doors need latches (even the fridge), pots and pans that can be pulled down need to be put up, cords of course need to be put up, and sharp/heavy objects need to be put away. ...Read more

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What is the best way to baby proof the nursery?

What is the best way to baby proof the nursery?

Safety Anticipation: I have found that by anticipating your child's normal development steps and then predicting what they may be doing in 6 months will allow us to stay " ahead " of them. In other words institute protection 6 months from where we are now! ...Read more

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What is the best way to baby proof the living room?

What is the best way to baby proof the living room?

Crawling around: Crawl around on your hands and knees and see things at a child's level. Remove things that you do not want broken. Look for sharp corners on furniture etc and find ways to protect them. Consider a lock on the tv/stereo cabinet f it is at child eye level. Plug electrical outlets. Make sure there are not areas your child can get trapped behind things. Life to the baby is an adventure. ...Read more

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How do I baby proof my house to protect my crawling baby?

How do I baby proof my house to protect my crawling baby?

Crawl around : By crawling around yourself, you can see what your baby sees and see what she may get into and thus remove the hazards. ...Read more

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I am having my first baby and have been told to baby proof my house. What would you recommend?

I am having my first baby and have been told to baby proof my house. What would you recommend?

It is essential: Baby and child proofing your home will prove both a sanity saver and keep your baby safe. Once your baby becomes mobile (rolling, crawling, walking), she will be curious about everything and i mean everything. And? It will all go into the mouth at first. Keep choking and toxic hazards out of reach, plug those outlets, gate those stairs, and keep re-evaluating your home child proofing needs. ...Read more

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How do I baby proof windows?

How do I baby proof windows?

Keep them closed: Toddlers and older children are attracted to windows, especially when open , so they can be a danger zone. For the 2-6yr group, they are creative at moving ottomans or chairs up to windows to see out, they lean on a screen not understanding it won't hold them & fall out. Either keep windows locked or have locks that prevent opening more than a few inches and store easily moved furnature. ...Read more

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