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Beyond baby-proofing: A toddler-proofing checklist

Maybe you baby-proofed the house already. But toddlers can get into places you never imagined, so it might not hurt to make sure all your bases are covered.
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Here’s a handy checklist to keep in mind when you’re thinking about baby-proofing.

  • Prevent furniture accidents by fastening shelves and chests to the wall with L-shaped brackets
  • Purchase and install electrical outlet covers
  • Wind up electrical cords for small appliances and lamps to prevent accidents
  • Install drawer and cabinet latches to keep a roving tot away from knives, chemicals and detergents
  • Stay within arm’s reach of your child when she’s in a sink, tub or pool
  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • Move medicines and mouthwash to out-of-reach shelves
  • Disarm and store firearms in a child-resistant lockbox
  • Install window guards or screws to prevent nursery windows from raising more than a few inches
  • Cut the loops from blinds and Roman shades and wrap around cord holders
  • Shield banisters and deck railings with netting to prevent falling through
  • Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees to prevent accidental scalding
  • Remove reachable oven knobs and turn handles of pots to the rear when cooking
  • Install toddler-resistant latches for the refrigerator and toilets
  • Store gasoline, chemicals and sharp tools in a locked garage cabinet
  • Keep toddlers well away from the lawnmower when pouring gasoline or mowing
  • In the car, get a wide-angle rearview mirror attachment so you can glance at what’s going on in the backseat as you drive
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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 51reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by mom of 4... great tips but be encouraged moms. if your child gets hurt or into something they aren't supposed to don't think you are a bad parent. they are tricky little tots and horribly curious, even when you are vigilant they need to explore and experience and sometimes that results in getting hurt. November 11, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good article, very insightful, to the point but detailed. October 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We focused on gates for the stairs and latches on some of the cupboard doors that we didn't want her getting into. October 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Safety gates are so important. Love the pressure mount extra wide one we got with a "door". October 5, 2014
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