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Checklist: Babyproofing, Part 2

Now that you've got a crawler on your hands, it's time to babyproof -- again.

Throughout the house

[ ] Move all dangerous items (cleaners, knives, heavy objects, medications, etc) to cupboards and drawers out of baby’s reach

[ ] Latch closed any cupboards, doors and drawers within baby’s reach to avoid pinched fingers or unaccompanied explorations; purchase baby-safe doorstops for every door to prevent accidental closings

[ ] Put lockable covers on garbage cans, or place in latched cupboards

[ ] Move all electric cords behind furniture

[ ] Put safety covers over electrical outlets.

[ ] Secure heavy furniture such as bookcases and cabinets to walls to prevent accidental tipping

[ ] Put TVs and other heavy items on sturdy furniture, and move as close to the wall or corner as possible

[ ] Move all tall, wobbly lamps behind furniture

[ ] Put baby gates or fences at the top and bottom of every set of stairs, no matter how short the flight

[ ] Block access to all floor heaters and radiators

[ ] Use garden fences or Plexiglass to block any space of more than four inches between stair or balcony rails

[ ] Put colorful window-clings on sliding doors and any other large panes of glass

[ ] Install window guards and stops, and put safety bars or gates on all windows, landings and decks

[ ] Place food and water for pets out of baby’s reach

[ ] Install fireplace screens around all hearths (but remember- screens get hot, too)

[ ] Place logs, matches, tools and keys out of baby’s reach

[ ] Never leave any amount of water in an open container or bucket


Bathroom

[ ] Make sure all medications have childproof tops, and are stored high out of baby's reach

[ ] Place soft covers on the bath spout and knobs

[ ] Put non-slip mats in and beside the bathtub

[ ] Purchase a bathtub ring for baby to sit in (and never leave baby alone in the tub, not even for a moment!)

[ ] Install safety locks on toilets


Garage

[ ] Put all tools and toxic substances in locked storage

[ ] Check that the garage door safety sensor works


Nursery

[ ] Remove mobiles and anything else hanging above crib

[ ] Move crib away from anything that could be used for climbing

[ ] Lower baby's crib mattress


Kitchen

[ ] Install covers for stove and oven knobs, a latch for the oven door, and a stove guard to block burners

[ ] Install safety latches on refrigerator and freezer doors

[ ] Get in the habit of cooking on the back burners, turning pot handles toward the wall, and placing hot food and drinks away from the edges of tables and counters

[ ] Forgo tablecloths -- if baby yanks, everything on top will go crashing

Backyard

[ ] Make sure backyard gates latch securely

[ ] Empty wading pools and store upright after every use

[ ] If you have a pool, surround it by a locked fence at least four feet tall

[ ] After it rains or snows, check for any collections of water and drain completely

-- Paula Kashtan

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