How to Childproof for a Walker

Is your toddler finally toddling? Congratulations! Take those first steps a sign to check if you need to step up your game in toddler-proofing. So where to begin? Debra Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living, believes it’s important to start by seeing what your child sees. “Get down on your hands and knees to get a bird’s eye view of the problems.”

Founder of Alison Rhodes, who also operates Tri-State area child-proofing business, mentions that natural curiosity will make your little one pull everything within reach. “So be mindful of window cords, curtains, and tablecloths. Baby’s new exploring skills mean you should also be extra-careful to close doors to rooms that are off-limits,” she says. A convenient and inexpensive alternative to door knob covers (if you have round knobs rather than levers or handlesets) is old socks, which can be placed over the knob to make them difficult for a baby to grasp.

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