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Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingParenting · 1 decade ago

childproofing the house?

my son is 11 months old. If your son or daughter is around this age...what childproofing have you done? We did the outlet covers....put a cat door on the bathroom door so we could close it and the 3 cats would still have easy access, cabinet and drawer latches and tomorrow childproofing our stone cofee table.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Great job so far! Make sure you keep your cleaners and other toxic substances on high shelves where they can't reach them (just in case, keep the poison control number handy).

    Don't forget to "house proof" your child. A kind but firm "No!" will often be all that is needed to deter a child from touching something he shouldn't. If necessary, tap or squeeze the hand when saying "No!" so the child associates the "No" with something uncomfortable and avoids the sensation by not touching. You may want to actually put the item right in front of him (i.e. a figurine that's off limits) so that you can train him right then. Why is this important? Because you want to be able to take him to other people's homes that are not childproofed, or to the store, or whatever. The same technique can work if he is grabbing hair, poking you in the eyes or grabbing your glasses or earrings.

    God bless and best of luck to you and your precious little one. What a wonderful gift!

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  • 1 decade ago

    A lot is pretty simple. Simply stop using any glass and porcelain tableware and substitute it all with plastics. Put some weights to hold the doors when opened so they don't get slammed by sudden gusts of wind. Eventually you may find the need to buy those corner pads for tables but I found they always fall off.

    And just keep the child OUT of the kitchen at all times.

    If you live in a hight rise building, you might want to protect the windows. Do it sooner than later. The rest is just going to friends house and getting ideas. But don't go over board buying childproofing stuff because most don't work anyway.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You've done all the basics. Look for dressers, cabinets, TVs, etc. that could be pulled over. You'd be surprised how a very small child can pull a large dresser onto themselves.

    I baby-proofed my house when my firstborn was about 8 months. All was great for a while. But, I forgot that children grow! As he got taller and could get into the top drawers in the kitchen and was a better climber, there was a whole new round of baby-proofing. My suggestion, do it all now so you don't have to do it twice.

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  • Jack
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Do the best you can. Crawl around at or nearly at his level. See what sticks out or seems like it is in reach. You'd be surprised what a difference that point of view yields. I found so many things which never occurred to me by that method. In the end, there is no such thing as a child-proof house. You can only make a safer house. We found our son to be surprisingly strong. We discovered that some of our attempts to stop him only slowed him down. He destroyed several plastic locks. I wish you and your family well. I hope that you don't find your devices in pieces. If you do, then it's time to improvise. We found ourselves having to find other places to put things we could not keep out of reach. So far, the locks on the door knobs have evaded destruction except for one.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My little girl is 14 mths. and once she started i went crazy buying all this things to protect her. And she always found her way around it. So I left my table the same way CD racks still in the same place. I just re enforce the big word NO. She walk right pass things that my 2 year old niece would pull apart. Good luck. just dont' go broke trying to protect hr from LIFE

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  • nobody
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    baby gates can make a world of difference if you don't want your kid wandering off or getting in 2 trouble. My aunt uses them to keep her baby out of the kitchen and bathrooms have one at the top of the stair case 2 so your baby doesnt take a tumble down the stairs

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like you are doing great and have covered all the basics there are also covers you can get for when you have thengs pluged into the outlets so the little one can't unplug them they are abit of a pain to use but I learned from experience that they are nice to have.

    Source(s): Mother of three and babysitter for 5.
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  • Sheila
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    We are a gated community. With twins we have baby gates everywhere! No, really just on the base of stairs, bathroom entry way and our bedroom. Our bedroom mainly becasue they would use our bed as a trampoline, if they could get to it. I also found myself putting things away so well I can't find them, scissors, masking tape, etc.

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  • tanner
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I did all of that, but also put door knob covers on door I didn't want him in - such as the bathroom. I also had a gate up at areas where there were steps.

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  • Catie
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I think alot of it is teaching the child his boundaries. I never did plug covers or anything when my kids were little (although the table cover is good since they fall down) I think all we child proofed was stuff that they could fall on and hurt themselves. They pick up No pretty fast at that age

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