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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
  • Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Baby’s First Year. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 133reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 The proofing process seems never ending! I think it has been going on in my home since about 4 months and now we are moving to toddler proofing time! August 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Very Helpful. I have started baby proofing but I see there are a few things I left out. August 4, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have a baby mirror but I'm a new mom and someone scared me by telling me that the mirror would distract me when I was driving so I didn't install it. It is nice to have a list like this since babyproofing is coming soon. July 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by The mirror to be able to see baby and the kids in the backseat is my favorite. A definite must have!!! June 23, 2014
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