Babies learn by moving, touching, tasting, grabbing, licking, feeling and imitating ‑- which makes them surprisingly adept at finding trouble. They're naturally curious and develop rapidly in the first year. Because this places them at prime risk for injuries, especially from poisoning, constant supervision is key, every crawl or step of the way.
Childproofing is a never-ending, essential parenting task. No two children are alike. Each child will most likely have a different energy or activity level or way of approaching or reacting to things. So a reevaluation of your home is needed with every child as well as each new stage of development.
Also, keep in mind that many injuries occur when there has been a change in routine, often during holidays, special occasions or periods of stress. Even the happy change of a seasonal holiday presents new dangers as a young ‑- often excited ‑- child investigates what's new and different in her environment.
Take time to look around your house now ‑- and do it often ‑- to make sure your infant and toddler stay safe. It's a good idea to get down on your hands, knees and belly to see the world from your child's point of view. If something looks dangerous, it probably is. Remove, lock or cover it up.
Here's what to look out for: