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For new parents out there, home security is of immense importance. Before Junior can come home though, it’s important to baby proof the home to avoid injuries and other mishaps. Remodeling your house may seem like a daunting task at first, but there are many easy, cost-effective solutions that can alleviate danger around the house and save you a headache in the long run.

Assess the Hazards
Rather than going on an all-out, remodeling rampage on your interior, assess the most hazardous areas of your home and adjust accordingly. Places like the bathroom and the kitchen are known to house harmful chemicals and other things better kept out of the reach of children.
Start in areas such as these and begin by installing child proof locks on all accessible cabinets. If there are stairs in your home, a baby gate is a great way to combat a little one that likes to wander. Also, placing protective covers on all the light sockets in your house is a must.
• Start by assessing the most hazardous parts of your home.
• Install child proof locks on all accessible cabinets.
• Block off stairs with a baby gate.
• Place protective covers on all the light sockets.

Think like a Baby
Whether it be in the bathroom or the backyard, baby proofing is best done while thinking like a baby. This isn’t to say don a diaper and a bonnet and roll around on the floor, but some time taken to consider what a baby is capable of getting into can go a long way.
It is often underestimated how much trouble a child can get into as soon as you turn your back. Keep reach in mind, whether sitting, standing or crawling. Kids go from prone to mobile quickly and will be grabbing at everything before you know it. But if you take the time to plan beforehand, you can save them some bumps and bruises.

• Baby proofing is best done while thinking like a baby.
• While planning, consider what a baby is capable of getting into.
• If you take some time to plan beforehand, you can prevent early injuries.

Establish Good Defense
Even from a young age, accidents happen and they happen frequently. Establishing a good defense prior to taking your baby home can prove a good offense later on down the road when Junior begins to sprout wings and fly. Although you can’t protect your children from everything, considering every possible scenario will lend to your own preparedness.

What it comes down to is knowing your home and how your family interacts with it. You may not be able to prevent every scraped knee, but planning for it ahead of time will offer you some peace of mind and confidence in your parenting.

• Establishing a good defense can prove a good offense later on.
• What it comes down to is knowing your home.
• You can’t prevent every scraped knee, but planning for it will offer some peace of mind.

Author Bio: Naomi Broderick is a home safety savant and a proud mother. She’s also a writer for Protect Your Home, a provider of home security systems. You can usually find her juggling her three kids or enjoying a good book.

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