Updated July 2018
One time I asked the audience what their favorite babyproofing device was. A couple of women answered something like, “My eyes — I actually watch my baby.”
I just can’t with these people.
Of *course* you should watch your baby, but the constant vigilance of being on baby-death-and-injury-watch is exhausting, especially if you don’t have any help with childcare. Plus, we all get interrupted from time to time to answer the door, let the dog out, use the bathroom, etc. You can’t raise kids in a china shop.
Thus, your life will be soooo much easier (and enjoyable!) if you take the time to seriously babyproof your home. I recommend you take a whole day—or even a weekend—and get it done. You’ll be so glad you did.
If you have no idea where to start, don’t worry. Our guide is broken down into three distinct milestones: crawling, standing/cruising, and walking. While it’s joyous to watch your baby reach these new milestones, each presents its own set of new and delightful hazards [snort]. You can take each phase as it comes—or do them all at once in advance before the insanity of parenthood sets in.
If this is making your head explode, you can hire a “child proofing expert” (yes, that exists) to do all of this for you. However, it’s not difficult to do on your own.
Part I: Crawlers
Part II: Cruisers and Pulling Up
Part III: Walkers