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Checklist: Babyproofing, Part 2

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

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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


[  ] 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


[  ] Put all tools and toxic substances in locked storage

[  ] Check that the garage door safety sensor works


[  ] Remove mobiles and anything else hanging above crib

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

[  ] Lower baby's crib mattress


[  ] 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


[  ] 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

By Paula Kashtan