Baby-proofing 101

Filed under: Babies, Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies, Going Green, Toys

Well, this past weekend you could say I had a "crash" course in baby-proofing 101. Here Mr. Pickles is less than a year old and I thought I had at least a few months before I'd have to remove everything from our bookshelves, hide the valuables and lock all the cabinets and drawers.

To be honest, I didn't even know what all had to be done. A few months ago I'd taken an infant CPR and first aid class, where the instructor went over (briefly) all the things one could do and should remember to do to baby-proof a house. All I remember is thinking we'd just move into an empty, padded room until our son hit puberty.

Luckily for me, someone mentioned that Target (and I'm sure any major retailer who carries baby supplies) carries an all-in-one baby-proofing kit. Included in it are everything from doorknob covers to those thingees that keep baby out of your drawers and cabinets. The only thing the kit I found did not include was socket covers, which I bought separately for virtually nothing.

Now everything I look at in our house seems like it could pose a problem. Rather than taking the approach of waiting until something happens and then baby-proofing that item or area I' m trying to be proactive, but it's tough. I just don't know what is and isn't a real threat.

On top of that, I (of course) am getting conflicting information from people--especially on this cabinet thing. Several folks have told me they give their child one drawer or cabinet to open and play with, and fill it with harmless things like the baby's own toys. They maintain that the child only opens that particular cabinet and leaves the others alone.

This makes no sense to me--how, to a child, is one cabinet any different than another? And, what's to keep the baby from opening all the others, or at least trying to (in my case they'd all be baby-proofed)? Any thoughts on or experience with this?

Pic of need for baby-proofing by abardwell!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.