More Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home

Any stair cases should be blocked off with a well-affixed baby gate. There are many varieties available, so find one that works for you. If you will be spending a lot of time going up and down the stairs, you may want to get the swinging variety so you don't have to step over each time. You may need one gate for the top and one for the bottom of the stairs if your child spends time on both levels.

The kitchen and bathroom will likely take a fair amount of time to baby proof. Keeping the bathroom door closed at all times is a good idea, but if you keep any cleaning items under the sink, you should lock the cabinet. Likewise, you should do the same in the kitchen to any cupboards or drawers that contain dangerous items. If you have a pantry, do the same. While they likely won't find trouble in the pantry, it is worth saving yourself the clean up to have it secured.

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It is likely that your child will still find ways to get into trouble; kids are good at that, but with some careful planning, you can get the most dangerous places of your home secured. Baby and child proofing is an evolving exercise due to the fact that kids will always find new things to focus on. By keeping an eye on their habits and abilities, you can easily predict where they will go next and keep it off limits.

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More Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home

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  1. Diana says:

    my son is 1 year and 10 months and I have to be so cautious around him. Very good information.

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    She keeps on wandering around. Whenever she is out of the crib, I have to be attentively watching over her.

  3. LIZ says:

    i always let her explore bathroom but when shes with my because i want baby to be famliar what can and she cant do

  4. KainFamily says:

    My son is almost 3 and he is still constantly getting into stuff, finding new ways to get into stuff he knows is off limits. We’ve recently found he has hit a major independence phase and doesn’t want to mind, but we’ve discovered he loves to help! So when we need him to do what he’s supposed to, we rephrase it to sound more helpful and he loves it because he can help, and we love it because he’s minding and learning to help without expecting a reward.

  5. life says:

    never thought you had to baby proff aloy thanks for the tips

  6. lucy says:

    have to start baby proofing now

  7. sheenaholman says:

    Lucky for me I won a daily sweepstakes and got a child proofing kit!

  8. Aimee says:

    Are there any products that are better than others?

  9. SallyAvery says:

    using rubber bands for cabinets works well to baby proof your kitchen or living room.

  10. Janice says:

    I was taught that you needed to protect baby from harming his/her self from the corners of furniture. An inexpensive and practical way to that is to, use a wash cloth folded and taped on to the corners of coffee tables and other sharp edges.

  11. Melody says:

    I sure hope I never have to call poison control!!

  12. JamJam says:

    guess ill be asking for baby proofing items for christmas this year!

  13. Jeanetta says:

    Currently still baby proofing.

  14. I was going to open a daycare and had to child proof my entire home, so luckily now I just need to double check and make sure that it is baby proof.

  15. Julie says:

    I am going to do the obvious things first, and hope that I get everything, but I think this is a learn as you go situation. Kids can find anything to get into.

  16. This reminds me that I need to purchase some baby proofing items. Good article =]

  17. Brandi says:

    We are going to have to get creative in the living room as the computer desk is set up and houses all of our electronics and the cords are exposed.

  18. good read, i just keep her in her room so she can roam in there it is the safest place in the house…

  19. britt says:

    i didnt even buy the stuff yet, but i think im going to soon before he starts getting into everything

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