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It depends on what you need, but both Target and Toys/Babies R Us have a great selection of products. I love cabinet and drawer locks because my kids are naughty and get into everything. Another good idea is pinch protectors for doors. My husband accidentally squished Audrey's finger in a door last night because he didn't know she was there. Outlet protectors are good if Caitlyn likes to stick things in the outlets. (Audrey never did but we got them anyway, and then Harrison would find uncovered outlets and would stick forks and toys in them.) Use baby gates for bathrooms and the kitchen if it's necesary and think about covers for stove knobs if they're within her reach. (But know that the Safety 1st brand ones are cheap. We had them break within about two months of installing them.)The best thing to do is to get down on your hands and knees so that you can see things from her perspective. You'll be more likely to find dangers that she'll see. We never have anything breakable, sharp or sentimental within the kids reach, which means everything is at least 3 feet above the ground. We make sure our dining chairs are always pushed in and that there's nothing that the kids can climb up high on.
Home Depot, Lowe's, and IKEA also have the basics - and by basics, I mean BASICS. ToysRUs will obviously have a much wider variety of anything and everything you never knew you needed in order to keep Caitlyn safe. There's a few things you can do in advance - like outlet covers, and locks for low cabinets and drawers. I'd also recommend getting a lock for the oven and dishwasher as well - my son could open both very easily within a few months of walking. (Actually, he also figured out how to unlock the dishwasher, but at least having an extra lock gave me extra time to race over and tell him "no" before he found the knives!) I didn't bother with toilet seat locks (we just keep the doors to the bathrooms closed), or the folding closet door locks (eh, so he can get into a closet, whatever; there's nothing in there but sheets). We did gate the stairs, so if you have stairs in your house, I'd get a good gate for that first thing. Also think about what rooms you want Caitlyn to have access to - like make the dining room a baby-free zone. The most important part is to make sure it fits - measure the width of the space you want to gate before you go to the store. If you're gating a staircase, make sure you also measure the height of the walls/railings where the gate will be secured. Just as a note: pushing chairs into the table did not work for me. The first thing my son did upon walking was figure out how to push the chairs around. Actually, that's how he LEARNED to walk, apart from watching the cat. I lost that battle before I ever began, so he learned quick that he's not allowed to climb on top of the table. (I'm a big believer in picking your battles.) My biggest piece of advice is not to go overboard. Yes, there's a lot of stuff out there that makes sense. But there's a lot that is marketed solely because first-time parents are gullible. (I'm speaking as one, too.) If you don't think you need it, don't buy it. I bought those stupid foam thingies for the "sharp" edges on the TV stand, and my son promptly pulled them off and tossed them across the room. *sigh* There is absolutely something to be said for teaching kids that "don't touch" means "don't touch". My son might push a few chairs around, but believe you me, he knows not to play with cords or buttons or lamps.
If you have those folding doors that slide open you should think about getting a lock (there are different kinds) that will go over the knobs on the doors. If a child can open those there's a huge risk for finger injuries. I read in an article about baby proofing that doors inside the home are the number one cause of finger amputations among children. Not only can kids slam doors on their own fingers (or those of siblings) it's incredibly easy for a parent to close a door on a child's finger. As I said, my husband did that to our daughter last night and he said he felt absolutely no resistance from her little finger, the only reason he knew what happened was because she screamed and he saw her hand stuck.Another important thing is guarding a fireplace, if you have one. There are big metal gates that stand out a few feet in front of the fireplace so that they don't get hot and so that kids can't reach over them.Some things aren't safety issues, some are just ways to avoid irritation. My husband had to fashion button covers for the satellite box and stereo because both our kids went through big button pushing phases. It drove us crazy that no one could watch a show, that the kids would record shows, etc.
What it comes down to is this: there is no final round of child-proofing. You'll be proofing as you go, as both you and Caitlyn test the boundaries of what you've proofed previously and what she's discovered is interesting. You can buy button protectors for the VCR, and Caitlyn won't give a hoot. You can forget the toilet seat locks, and Caitlyn will discover the joys of flushing Lego blocks. (Personally, I still think those locks for folding doors are stupid, but if V likes them for her house, more power to her. They just don't work for me. We all have our own priorities when it comes to how much we want to bubble-wrap our kids.)The point is: buy what you think makes sense for your house, your rules, your patience, your budget, and your daughter. You will always have opportunity to buy (or sell) it later if you change your mind.
It also depends on how much you want to hover over Caitlyn. There's a lot of safety products you can go without if you're going to be watching her every second. Teaching kids what they can and cannot touch is important but there's only so much time in a day. Personally, I like doing a little extra so that I don't have to micromanage my kids. They learn on their own that if something is locked it's not for them. We just moved into our new house and we haven't gotten around to installing drawer and cabinet locks but my kids stay out because they're used to not being able to get into them. And even if they do open them (to try to make me mad while I'm standing right next to them) they don't pull anything out because they know it's not theirs.Things like padded edges for coffee tables are a waste because they either pull off too esily, or they never come off. And, kids will always find something to bump their head on. It sucks, but it happens. Chances are they'll trip over their oen two feet and fall on a toy more than they'll hit the table.Thankfully, my kids never learned the fun of flushing toys or other things, but my son did go through a phase where he liked to sneak into the bathroom to splash in the toilet. I'm not a germaphobe so I didn't think it was gross, it was just irritating to find him totally soaked multiple times a day. And he's tall, so he could open the door whether I closed it or not.If you have garbage and recycling cans out in your kitchen make sure you teach Caitlyn not to play in them. Pulling stuff out of the cans is gross and potentially dangerous. I know a woman who had to take her kid to the ER for stitches because he cut his finger on a can.Ultimately, you just have to use common sense. Watch Caitlyn often to see what she's doing, what she's trying to play with, etc. Azriona is right, babyproofing is an ongoing process and you constantly have to figure out what kind of trouble she'll be getting into. As long as you make sure she can't get into anything dangerous like knives, household cleaners (which should all be non-toxic natural cleaners instead of chemicals), and can't reach anything heavy, she'll be fine.As the holiday season starts you should also think about decorations. Make sure she won't be able to reach stockings, mantle stocking holders are heavy and can easily be pulled down, causing injury. Many holiday plants can be toxic if eaten so don't have poinsettias and other poisonus plants in the house.If you have a table cloth on your dining table make sure there's nothing heavy or breakable being used as a center piece. Keep all plants out of her reach or at least teach her not to eat them or dig in the dirt (which is harder than it sounds, dirt is fun!). Oh, and as she starts walking make sure her socks have grippy soles. Slippery socksare terrible for little ones, especially as they learn to walk on non-carpeted floors.There's so much other stuff I can think of. Picture frames, electrical cords (for some reason my kids LOVE putting the laptop charger cables in their mouths), sofa and end tables, speakers, almost anything can be a hazard for the right child. Another important thing is to keep everything away from the edge of your kitchen and bathroom counters. You may think she can't reach that high, but she can. I remember one time my daughter pulled a butcher knife off the counter and walked around the house with it.
@azriona Not all safety precautions are convenient. Door locks and pinch protectors can be a huge pain for me, for but that's not my biggest concern. My big concern is keeping my kids safe. When your son gets a little older and/or you have another child the importance of these devices may be a little clearer. I certainly thought they were stupid until my daughter started slamming doors around her little brother I quickly saw just how important they are. Just wait until your son is following you around, silent as a Prius and he sticks his finger in a door crack without your knowledge.
My biggest problem is under the sink is where I keep my detergents,bleaches,cleaning products and things like that and she goes over there and opens it all the time and I am scared that she will chew on a ant bate or get something poison and I need something to lock it. And she also follows me everywhere and sometimes the restroom door gets kept open and my baby gate broke so she crawls in there and uses the potty to stand up and I need to get something for that.
only thing i really did for Bentley was put a gate up to our kitchen and the covers for the edges of our tables, but we have a small house and i can shut doors to where he cant get into anything but the livingroom, i also have the outlet plugs in, I know they are about the same age and idk about her but Bentley is a VERY good listener! If I tell him no to like playing with a trash can or cord to the cell phone charger i just tell him no and he looks and crys a little and moves on, you could get the cabinet locks they work great i had them on my bosses house when i was a nanny! some are harder to open so check them out first