Mariah Carey's Twins Have Outsmarted the Babyproofing!

Nick Cannon says 10-month-old twins Roc and Roe with mama Mariah Carey are on the move, which is thrilling except for one key thing: They've already outsmarted the babyproofing.

"We just [baby-proofed] the house recently, but they are so smart," Cannon told Us Weekly at the Kids' Choice Awards in L.A. Saturday. "They know how to take the knobs and the baby proof stuff off. They know what's baby proof, so they are like, 'We are not suppose to be touching that -- so we are going to go touch that!' It's crazy!"

What's more, Moroccan and Monroe "are stepping," Cannon proudly reports. "They are taking steps and then falling to the ground."

Note to Nick and Mariah: Brace yourselves. Your family has officially entered the world of near-toddlerhood, where curiosity trumps any hint of common sense. The days when your babies will sit contentedly in a swing or bouncy seat are over.

It's exhilarating to see kids reach milestones, of course, but it means that you need to step up the babyproofing safety precautions, like Cannon and Carey have. While nothing replaces the watchful eye of a grown-up, here are babyproofing basics to get you started:

Get on your baby's level. The best way to know what you need to do to keep your home safe is to get on your hands and knees at your baby's eye level. This perspective will help you see potential hazards that can be irresistible to curious climbers, such as sharp corners, electrical outlets and oven door handles.

Fasten freestanding items to the wall. Babies often want to pull-up on whatever is most convenient, such as a bookcase, TV stand or dresser. This can lead to serious injuries if these items -- or what they contain -- fall in the direction of your tot. You can buy brackets to fasten these items securely to the wall at your local hardware or baby gear store.

Protect your windows. KidsHealth reports that a child can fall out of a window opened no more than five inches. To be safe, parents should open windows from the top and purchase window guards. And move furniture away from windows so kids can't climb up to them for a potential escape.

Cushion sharp corners. That sleek coffee table you and your hubby bought in your childless days can be a major hazard once you become a parent. Avoid injuries by covering sharp edges with cushioned corner guards. These guards can also be used for countertops, dining room tables and other potentially hazardous furniture.

Be smart about stairs. In addition to buying hardware-mounted gates for the top and bottom of all staircases, KidsHealth recommends trying to teach little ones to go downstairs backwards (using hands and feet) and to keep them clear of loose rugs, toys and other household items. Consider a baby gate at your child's doorway so they can't even get to the stairs, and never let them use the stairs unattended, even if you think you've taken all the proper precautions.

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