Updated: May 9, 2015
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.
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.