Babyproof Your Home
You know to cover the electrical outlets, but other hazards in your home are less obvious. Here's how to recognize the trouble spots and make them safe for your little daredevil. by Christina Vercelletto
1. Pet Food
Dry kibble is a choking hazard. Keep the dish in an enclosed area that Speedy can get to but your baby can't. Otherwise, stand guard as your pet chows down, and take the dish away as soon as he's done.
2. Fire Extinguisher
Keep a multipurpose dry-chemical one in a cabinet that's out of reach of little hands. Water can't put out a grease fire, and will actually help spread it.
Buy stove knob covers (like Safety 1st's Clearview ones; $9, babiesrus.com). Use back burners, and turn pot handles inward. An appliance lock (like Kidco's On/Off one, $5, onestepahead.com) can keep the oven door closed.
Sharp objects or choking hazards may lurk inside. Stick your can in a locked cabinet or buy a heavy one so your baby can't knock it over or open it.
If you have to keep cleaning products here, use a super-secure lock (like Safety 1st Cabinet Flex-Lock; $14, at amazon.com).