When was the last time you crawled around your home? We’ll assume it’s been a while—or never. When your little one begins to explore the terrain, it’s time to put some extra precautions in place to reduce the risk of injury and provide a safe environment for discovery.
Avery Levinshon, an Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer, explains that babyproofing your home provides a “safe, positive and nurturing environment for children and families.” For the parents in charge of the task, this can feel daunting at first. If you want to know how to babyproof your home, start by thinking like a baby: open cabinets, pull on doors, lean on furniture, climb the stairs and crawl around the floor.
Levinshon recommends beginning this process before your baby is mobile and watching for changes as the baby ages. Making a babyproofing checklist of rooms in your home and areas in your yard may help ease your nerves and prepare your household ahead of time.
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Another babyproofing tip to keep in mind: Although flowers, plants, garden beds, and landscaping rocks can make the outside of your home more attractive, these can also be dangerous to curious toddlers who touch and put everything into their mouths.
Have your local gardener or landscaping company walk through your yard with you and help point out harmful plants, flowers and weeds to prevent any accidents. Some common outdoor plants to watch out for are holly, juniper, morning glory and amaryllis. Also consider what house plants are family-friendly.
Babyproofing your house is an ongoing process that will need to be re-evaluated as the child grows and if you add to your family.