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Get the babyproofing basics

You don't need to constantly say no to your child to keep her safe. You just need to be aware of your baby '- and her surroundings.

Let's start with some basics. Babyproofing begins on your hands and knees. You need to get down to eye level and examine your child's environment from her perspective. You'll soon notice that the tablecloth looks like a blanket and the bookcase is a jungle gym just waiting for tiny feet to start climbing. You'll note that the garbage can is in a precarious place, and you'll wonder if that plant in the corner is poisonous.

While there are many obvious hazards at home, there are many hidden hazards as well. Here are some examples you may not have considered:

The Dishwasher
We know that a dishwasher is dangerous when it's full, but do you think it's safe when it's empty? It's not. It's full of sharp spikes, and if your baby falls, she's going to land face first. Never allow your baby or toddler near an open dishwasher, empty or full!
Helpful Hint: Always be sure the dishwasher is closed when your child is in the room.

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