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Your baby’s first year is a time of joyful milestones, but the milestones of crawling and walking can quickly become more tedious than joyful as babies inch toward kitchen cabinets and toddle toward the fireplace. Here are some tips for safeguarding your most precious (and newly mobile!) possession.
Evaluate. Forget bird’s-eye view—take a baby’s-eye view of your home. Crawl around to determine what your child will see and therefore be tempted to get into. Make adjustments based on what you see at their eye level.
Consider. Everything from cribs and cords to furniture and flooring. Crib mattresses should be lowered as babies grow. Move all electrical cords out of reach, as well as cords on your draperies and blinds. Secure loose rugs and ensure all of your furniture is stabilized and can’t be pulled down on top of your child. Think through other hazards, such as those related to faucets, drawers, electrical outlets and more.
Discard. Secure cleaning products, medications and sharp objects behind locked cabinets, or, better yet, discard them once they’re no longer needed or once they expire. The same goes for tiny objects; don’t leave coins or anything similar anywhere within reach. As far as locked cabinets go, it’s a good idea to install childproof latches on all cabinets, not matter what’s inside.
Supervise. All the baby proofing in the world is no match for your diligent supervision, so watch your child carefully. This includes when you have visitors in your home that may bring foreign objects into your baby-safe environment or leave stray items behind.
Finally, as part of keeping your child safe and your family secure, talk to your AAA insurance agent to ensure you have the right coverage for many more years of health and happiness.

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