Updated: Oct 11, 2017

Baby Proofing Your House:

Have a new baby on the way? Perhaps you are moving into a new house and need to get it baby proofed ASAP. Baby proofing a home is not that difficult, but it can take some time to cover all the danger zones. Babies are cute and adorable, but they can also get into lots of trouble if given free reign of your house or condo. Generally speaking, you should baby proof your place right when you bring the newborn home from the hospital, but you can wait a few months after the birth if you want. Baby proofing is designed to keep the house safe for those toddler aged kids that can either crawl or walk around the house. When babies first learn how to crawl, they are adventure seekers and constantly looking to explore new things and areas of their environment. My wife and I have 2 children and they definitely kept us on our toes while they were younger. As a parent, you look back and realize how easy the babies are when they can't crawl. Once they learn to crawl or walk you are on constant duty.
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Choosing Baby Proofing Products - The first area that we tackled was the stairs. Single level homeowners can skip this section, but anyone with a 2-story house or multi-level home needs to pay attention. Stairs are enticing and crawlers love to go up and down them. Even older toddlers that walk seem to like playing on staircases. Getting a sturdy gate at the top and bottom of your stairs is a good idea. Many attach to the walls or to the staircase itself. Don't be surprised if an 8 month old that is proficient at crawling gets out of your sight and up the stairs in a minute or less. Baby safety gates are worth the investment and give you some piece of mind when keeping an eye on your child. Next, you need to baby proof all the electrical wall sockets in your house. Unfortunately 90% are within the arms reach of a crawling baby as they move about the house. Our kids loved to play with the darn outlets and so having the outlet plugs kept them safe. Other things like cords from lamps and TV's are also "eye candy" to babies and they will have to be dealt with. Cabinets - Odds are that your toddler will be with you in the kitchen area where there are cabinets and drawers that can be opened. If you want to keep them out of the "trash" or pots and pans, you'll need to install locks. There are a variety of systems that do the trick. Speaking of locks, next up is the bathroom and the toilet. You will find toilet seat Lik-Lok products that keep the lid down and children out of the toilet water. Sharp corners on things like coffee tables or end tables will also need to be covered or moved out of the way. Many a time our little crawlers would use the table to stand up on their legs and then proceed to collapse instantly, narrowly missing the corner of the table with their face or eyes. Check out the home childproofing checklist online at http://www.totsafe.com/checklist.htm. They have great ideas and go over a more thorough list than we can cover in this article. I will say that anyone with a swimming pool needs to concentrate on that more than anything else. I always hear news stories of toddlers drowning - much more so than kids getting electrocuted from wall sockets. Backyard pools require fences, gates, and even year round covers to offer complete protection. Nothing attracts kids more than WATER. Lastly, don't forget about those baby monitors that get placed in the childs bedroom or nap area. You can keep track of their every move with a video camera monitor or just go with one that listens for sounds. You can browse the best selling baby proofing products here.

Best Baby Door Guards and Gates:

RECOMMENDED - As we mentioned earlier, it literally takes a split second a baby that is learning to crawl can be out of your sight. Whether you are buying a gate for stairs or an enclosed playard, take care of it before the baby can actually crawl. The North States Superyard Classic XT Gate Play Yard is a great space to keep toddlers so that they can't crawl/walk/run away from you. Also, Dreambaby and Regalo stair gates are perfect for two story homes where access to stairs needs to be protected. There are dozens of models to choose from online and you can read up on all the others parents comments that have been left on the Amazon website. The owner reviews are a great resource for you to learn about the specific product and get the invaluable feedback and opinions that will help you make an informed buying decision. View top rated baby indoor safety gates here. You can see most of these products in person by shopping at Babys R Us, Target or even Walmart.

Baby Safety Monitors:

You will find a wide range in this category in both product choices and prices. The top brands include Motorola Digital Baby Monitors, Lorex, Safety 1st, Philips Avent, Sony, Angelcare, Levana, etc. For the basic baby sound monitors you are looking at $40 to $90 and the more complete coverage video monitors will set you back $100 to $200. It really comes down to how much you want to monitor your newborn or infant. Some parents feel inclined to watch and listen to everything their baby does, while others are content with just hearing the sounds of their baby while they sleep. The good news is there are products out there to keep all parents happy. For the most part, the consumer reviews we read on all the baby monitors were above average. Consumer Reports periodically chimes in with their opinions and it's worth checking their comments out too. You can browse the best selling baby safety monitors here.

Outdoor/Pool Safety:

When it comes to water sources outside, pools, lakes, ponds, even water fountains, you need to have some safety plan if you are going to let a crawling or walking toddler out by themselves. There are pool safety fences that are easy to install and great for keeping little ones away from pools. There are also water alarm systems that will sound off when the water has been breached. Some rest on the water level, others are installed into the side of the pool, and still others are worn by your toddle when they are outdoors. We say go with the devices that rest on the edge of the pool. The pool safety alarms like Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm and PoolGuard In-Ground Swimming Pool Alarm are 2 to consider.