Good Questions: When Do I Need to Babyproof the House?

Good Questions: When Do I Need to Babyproof the House?

Julia Cho
Jun 19, 2008

Tracy wants to know: When do I really need to babyproof the house and what do I need to do? I was ready to do the whole long list of things, but then I was picturing a sleeping infant and thinking that they probably don't get into much until they crawl right? Any suggestions for what definitely should be done before I bring baby home would be helpful. Thanks.

You're right that babies definitely get into a lot more trouble once they start to crawl, but there are still some things you'll want to have in place before they even arrive.

We found a great list on Babycenter that actually divides safety into three checklists specifically for: 1) before your baby arrives, 2) before your baby crawls, and 3)before your baby starts toddling and climbing. Looking at these checklists would be a great place to start. Here's the link for before baby arrives. It includes some basic things like making sure you have a smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector and checking the batteries, but also some particular things regarding baby's nursery and other rooms in the house.

Anyone else have any good hints?

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