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Organize your home for baby crawling

6 to 9 months

You baby is growing and will start crawling very soon! Organize your home space for your little one's investigating and make it safe!
Most parents wait until their children start to crawl before baby-proofing the home - and they find themselves in a panic over all that needs to be done.
Childproofing your home is essential for keeping your baby safe. Be prepared to childproof the nursery, bathroom, kitchen, fireplace - any area of your house that poses a threat to your baby. Put aside one weekend to secure your house, room by room, to make it safe. It may only take you several hours total, and getting it out of the way will give you peace of mind, even though you'll need to update your efforts as your child grows.
Consider how generally safe your house is. Your hot-water heater should be set below 120 degrees F so you won't scald your baby at bathtime. You'll need a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. You'll also want smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors on each floor of your home. Be sure to place safety gates at the head and foot of your stairs, and cover electrical outlets with plastic caps. (Keep track of the supplies you'll need on a master shopping list.)
Another smart step is to check your basement, especially if you're down there often. Make sure paint and other hazardous substances are stored in airtight containers on high shelves in a cool, dry area.
You're often distracted while you're in this room - cooking, cleaning - so you want to be sure your child can't get into trouble if you turn your back for a second.
First, reorganize. If you have cleaning supplies and detergents in low cabinets, move them to the very top ones instead. Bottom cabinets (even if you use safety latches) should hold things that are safe for baby to find -- pots and pans, plastic containers, and paper products, for instance. The same goes for drawers - move plastic and paper bags (suffocation hazards) and anything sharp to high drawers, and put safe things lower.
If you use vitamin or mineral supplements, keep them in a hard-to-reach drawer or cabinet with a safety latch - they look like candy and can poison a curious kid.
If you haven't already done so, pick up these items for your kitchen:

  • Latches for cabinets and drawers that contain harmful products (once your baby can climb, he can reach anything.)
  • Stove-knob covers, to prevent baby from turning on the burners.
  • Nonskid pads for rugs

Make a photo of your reorganized home and upload to the App. Write briefly about you childproofing actions.

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