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Old 02-02-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
 
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So JJ has been getting really mobile this weekend! He's not crawling yet, but looks like that's coming. He is constantly rolling from front to back and back to front, and he is doing what I guess is creeping - if lying on his back, pushes off with his legs to scoot across the floor (made it out of the bedroom into the hallway like that) and if lying on his tummy, kind of pushes/pulls himself along that way. And EVERYTHING is grabbed and put into his mouth... so I need to start baby-proofing the house! I have various checklists, but I was wondering if any of you guys have any practical tips that people forget to mention.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
 
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-Outlet covers
-Check your electrical cord situation. Make sure he can't pull a lamp down on himself if he grabs onto the cord.
-Eventually put on a cabinet lock where the garbage can is.
-JJ's new favorite place is goint to be the entertainment center. My boys were always messing with the doors and pushing buttons and stuff like that. There's no way around it.
-There was a stage when we kept the bathroom door shut.
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-Outlet covers
-Check your electrical cord situation. Make sure he can't pull a lamp down on himself if he grabs onto the cord.
-Eventually put on a cabinet lock where the garbage can is.
-JJ's new favorite place is goint to be the entertainment center. My boys were always messing with the doors and pushing buttons and stuff like that. There's no way around it.
-There was a stage when we kept the bathroom door shut.
Ditto all of this! Harry loves our entertainment center. He finds cords like nobody's business.

Amneris: you may find that JJ sleeps better once he is crawling. Harry has been exhausted this week and I have actually been able to put him down without waking him several times since Wednesday (his first full crawling day). Unheard of in this house!
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:37 AM   #4
 
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get down on your stomach or hands and knees and explore your entire home.. have your husband do it to.. anything that you all can reach, open, or touch he can get to.. remember that he's smaller than you so he can get behind tiny little spaces too..
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:27 AM   #5
 
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1. Outlet covers
2. Hide all cords
3. Babies LOVE coffee tables, so if you want to keep yours, I would put one of the gaurds around it
4. Stevens room/kitchen and living room are the only rooms that are 100% babypoofed, all the other rooms we keep the doors shut.
5. Door Stoppers, Steven likes to go into the room, shut the door and play right behind it
6. I put locks on all the cabnets except one, that is the one with all of his stuff and he can play with it, I also got 2 fridge toys so when I am in the kitchen that keeps him occupied and out of trouble.
7. Steven also liked to try to pull the table cloth off the table
8. ANYTHING that he can hit his head on when he starts pulling up, you do not have to babyproof it all, just be aware so you know rather than waiting until he does it
9. We keep the bathroom door/guestroom door and our bedroom door closed when he is roaming so he cannot get into the toilet/under the sink.
10. All cleaning supplies are up on a high shelf, not under the cabnet
11. I switched to mainly natural cleaning products, I did not like the idea of him crawling around and then putting hands/toys in his mouth.
12. Bath safty (a spout for over the cover, turn water temp on the water heater down)

**Some of these you will not have to worry about, but I liked babyproofing almost all at once so i knew it was done.
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Get down on your hands and knees and look at your home from his vantage point!

We've only started baby proofing our house recently since its only now that I ever really let him out of my sight. Most of the babyproofing we have is to protect my house more than protect him (ie. drawer locks, fridge lock).
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
 
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i agree with the entertainment center. hot stuff thinks we set the dvds and video games there so that she can pull them out. and we had to get rid of a shelving unti because she pulled it down on herself. yes, she does her own stunts.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:39 PM   #8
 
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Telephone outlets! If you have any that are unused, tape over them. My little sister shorted out our phoneline when she stuck something in an open phonejack. The current wasn't strong enough to hurt her, but it took us a little while to figure out why the phones weren't working all of a sudden.
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Telephone outlets! If you have any that are unused, tape over them. My little sister shorted out our phoneline when she stuck something in an open phonejack. The current wasn't strong enough to hurt her, but it took us a little while to figure out why the phones weren't working all of a sudden.
ooh me and majerle both got electrocuted from the baby monitor!! she was playing with it and pulled the acytual monitor part off the power cord. so im thinking no big deal, she likes to play with it. then she stuck the cord in her mouth and imemdiately started crying. i had no clue why she was crying until i thought, "well the cord is still plugged into the wall, maybe it shocked her. but there is only one way to find out..." so i stuck it in my mouth. that ****e hurt!!!!
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