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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 138reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Some of these things i would never thin of doing, like the water heater temp! Good article! February 5, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is def. a helpful checklist! I like this because it helps prepare the little things you may overlook! December 25, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good list!But they will always get into something that you havent baby proffed lol December 19, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Pretty good list. Interested in seeing if there was a poll associated with this to vote on which items real mom do. September 17, 2014
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