Baby proofing my house.

February 24, 2007 6:09am CST
I am looking after a friends 18 month old baby next week and was wondering what I should do to make sure he can't hurt himself in my house. I was pretty relaxed with my youngest daughter and can't really remember all the things I did with the older one. I have a fireguard and a door at the bottom of the stairs so he can't get up there. Any other advice?
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
24 Feb 07
Yes just make sure that you have a small gate or something to block the baby from going into the kitchen area especially when you are not in there as this is what we used to do when our children were young so that they would not get hurt.
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24 Feb 07
I don't have a stairgate any more for the kitchen, but if he is in there with me I have thought I could always sit him in his highchair.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Get down on your hands and knees and see the world from a kids perspective! Crawl under the tables...see what they see. What can they crawl on, stick things into, get hurt on, step on. It is a dangerous world out there.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
25 Feb 07
Have elastic bands as makeshift locks around the bottom level cupboard doors so he cant get into them. Make sure he cant access any washing powders, cleaning materials or even foodstuffs. Watch out for the chimney as they can have a fondness for climbing them. Dont let them have access to the outside if there is any water at all as children can drown in only a few inches of water, this includes lavatories. Sharp edges such as corners of tables etc, I suppose just steer him away from them. Make sure all flexes of appliances are firmly out of his reach. Good luck with minding him!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Get down to his/her level and see what they could get into. My son is 18 months and he's interested in electrical sockets, cupboards, shelves, cords from curtains/blinds, and stairs! Depending on their size, they can have quite a reach on the kitchen counters, so push everything way back or put it up. Take anything outside that can crash through a window, like a heavy ball. My son is beginning to open doors, they make these covers that go over them. Put the trash can inside a closet or something too!
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
25 Feb 07
Use babyproof locks for your kitchencabinets and drawers. Reverse your door handles. Handles that are pointed in the opposite direction are not easy to open. If you are using blinds make sure the cords are tucked away safely. Use a safe babybed and a blanket instead of a baby sleeping bag.
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I think the stairs is the biggest thing. Other than that, I would just say that you should be extra vigilant when he's there. If you see him go for something that could hurt him, move it or move him. After a little while, you'll realize if there's anything major that you should take care of.
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• Australia
25 Feb 07
my son is almost 14 months old and he loves all power cords or any type or cord so make sure they are all up coz my son bites them if he get ahold of one. Next step it to cover all power switches just put a chair or something infront of then or if you have the power switch pluge use them. They are only like $5 or so from big w or k mart usualy kept in the baby section. And If he is trying to walk and you have tiles, put the couches against the wall so they do not slide. As ive found out the slightest bit of pressure and they slide. I leant on one of my couches slightly and it slid. No table cloths or that on the coffee table if there is one downstairs as they pull them off. put breakables and glass ornaaments out of reach. And put rope on cupboard doors or something to keep close but easy for you to get into, unless there are things that he can play with in them. And that is all that i can think of. But most of that is common sence. I am having to do most of those things now as my son is just starting to crawl.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
24 Feb 07
things in front of plugs and switches..no tables around with sharp corners lol..i always remember that one..long time ago for me too may i add..good luck.
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