Baby Proofing

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Registered: 06-28-2006
Baby Proofing
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Wed, 03-11-2009 - 1:24am

Any suggestions on the best way to baby proof our house....we have cords everywhere. Is the stuff at walmart okay or is there somewhere else i should purchase from?

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Registered: 06-05-2006
In reply to: bethntn
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 8:31am

Beth-


A good way to baby proof is to seriously get down on your hands and knees and see what is at the baby's level... cords, outlets, sharp corners, etc.

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Registered: 04-06-2007
In reply to: bethntn
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 11:47pm

Hey Beth! We really waited until Sara was crawling and just watched were she went and then moved what needed to be moved. Our living room (where we spend most of our time) is gated at both entrances - we call it the baby jail - this room is as baby proof as possible and I feel safe leaving Sara in there for the 5 mins it takes to go to the bathroom - if I think I will take longer I often bring her with me. The kitchen isn't done yet - I have to put some latches on the cabinets and I plan on leaving one cabinet unlatched with baby safe stuff in it (tupperware spoons for banging etc) Honestly the rest of our house isn't baby proofed - we just follow Sara around if we feel like letting her loose in the house. We didn't do any outlet covers (she never seems to notice them) and we didn't put a single bumper on anything. She has a weird sense of body awareness and has NEVER smaked her head on anything we thought we would. We removed our death trap if a wrought iron and glass coffee table months before she was born knowing it was going to be a big no no from other kids being over. I got a bunch of those small ottoman storage units that if I put them all together make up the same size as the former coffee table but we have them lined up against our fire place (which is bug and stone) to keep her out of it (no built in screen or door) and to keep her from running into it. They hold almost ALL of her toys too -which is a bonus! Just do as much as you think Katie needs and then you can add more or take away as needed.

I love the idea of inviting some friends with kids over to see what they get into - they are the ones that helped me see my coffee table was a death trap!

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Registered: 04-11-2007
In reply to: bethntn
Thu, 03-12-2009 - 11:29am

I have no extra advice that hasn't already been given, but just wanted to give my $.02 about cabinet locks.

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