This is a guest post by Jane Thompson of www.childproofingtips.com. -Nick’s Dad

Often parents see a sea change in their little one’s growth through the first year.  Your little one can be swift and energetic, leaving you gasping to keep pace.  Once they start crawling and moving about, trouble starts.  No one can deny the importance of baby proofing before your baby is out of the crib and moving about in your beautiful and spacious home.

Estimate The Requirements

Babies are curious by nature.  They toss things about and often tend to pop small things into their mouth.  While baby proofing your house, assess the characteristics of your home and think from the baby’s point of view.  Go down on your knees if required.  Think of the corners your baby can go to, any free wires, unlocked cabinets where cleaning supplies are, or any big things which can fall upon your baby, etc.

Mishaps That Can Occur In a jiffy

Thinking your baby can meet with a mishap within your house can be unnerving so keep in mind all the places the baby would go to.  Babies are prone to a lot of accidents before they reach the age of 4.  Choking is the most dangerous of these as babies put objects into their mouth.  Fire and drowning incidents are big hazards for young kids too.

Babies Choking

By virtue of their small size babies can get into small spaces where there is a danger of suffocation.  Do not lay your baby on a water bed unattended or leave the baby with pillows all around.  Although the pillows will not let the baby fall, suffocation is possible.  Soft toys, pillows, and cushions should not be placed near small infants who are yet to gain control of their movements.

Keep Popping Things Away

Curious babies tend to explore things when they get hold of them.   The baby’s crib should be far from window, curtains, or blind cords as the baby tends to pull them.  Do not tie a thread to a pacifier and hang it around the baby’s neck as this can lead to choking.  Likewise, do not leave the baby with toys that have long strings.

The living room can be a hazardous place for the curious crawling toddler and is one of the places that needs baby proofing attention the most.   Seal unused power sockets and plugs to prevent babies digging at them.  Ensure there are no free wires in which the baby can to get caught in or pull a heavy object upon them.  Remember to install baby gates on the top and bottom of staircases and ensure baby’s head does not get stuck between the rails.

Baby Proofing – Not Tough As It Seems

For first-timers, this can be pretty demanding as they have to learn a lot about babies and providing safety.  Do not worry as this will happen eventually.  While making your home safe, you will realize the hazards if you view like a baby would.  Parents must be conscious of what the baby can do and what they must do to avoid mishaps occurring inadvertently