Next Stop: The Kitchen
You're often distracted while you're in this room -- cooking, cleaning -- so you want to be sure your child can't get into trouble if you turn your back for a second.
First, reorganize. If you have cleaning supplies and detergents in low cabinets, move them to the very top ones instead. Bottom cabinets (even if you use safety latches) should hold things that are safe for baby to find -- pots and pans, plastic containers, and paper products, for instance. The same goes for drawers -- move plastic and paper bags (suffocation hazards) and anything sharp to high drawers, and put safe things lower.
If you use vitamin or mineral supplements, keep them in a hard-to-reach drawer or cabinet with a safety latch -- they look like candy and can poison a curious kid. (Child-resistant caps aren't foolproof; they just take a persistent toddler a little longer to open.)
You may want to place choking hazards, such as magnets, up high too. Last, unplug small appliances (toasters, coffeepots) when not in use, but don't let the cords dangle.
If you haven't already done so, pick up these items for your kitchen:
- Latches for cabinets and drawers that contain harmful products (once your baby can climb, he can reach anything.)
- Stove-knob covers, to prevent baby from turning on the burners.
- Nonskid pads for rugs.