Falls and collisions with furniture are the biggest dangers to your baby in the living room, so you'll want to add cushioned corner guards or edging to coffee and side tables, hearths, and any other sharp-cornered surfaces. Baby might also get the idea to climb on furniture; move everything away from your windows so baby can't climb up and fall out. Mount bookshelves to walls so they can't topple over. Attach the TV securely to an entertainment center or table so baby can't pull it down on herself. All knickknacks are fair game for baby's play, so if you don't want her to touch something, store it away. Think about these items for your family room:
• Cordless blinds (the cords on blinds and curtains are strangling hazards)
• Heavy-weight picture hooks to prevent pictures from falling off the wall
• Electrical tape to secure electric cords away from baby
Originally published in American Baby magazine, September 2004. Updated 2009.