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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi ladies!
 

Hope everyone is doing well.  I have a question re: baby-proofing our current space.  Our situation is this: DH and I are living with his grandmother in her home.  We will be moving away by the time this baby is 3 months old (4 months at the VERY oldest).  What kind of baby-proofing measures should we take in this house?  I feel like we'll be outta here before the baby is old enough to be mobile and get into anything, but I don't want to be stupid/reckless/naive.

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 7

None.  Don't do a thing!   Baby won't move, and honestly we didn't "babyproof" until after DS was mobile and could see what the problem areas were.  My philosophy re: babyproofing in general is that it is often overdone- we opted to allow DS to explore and exercise his curiosity, so we didn't lock up all the cabinets or anything like that (just a select few that housed things like food processor blades, etc.  We were with him constantly, so we just kept a careful eye and would put things up as we went if it seemed that he was going to get into trouble with them.  Worked well for us shrug.gif  He isn't much of a troublemaker, so he hasn't been too hard to handle (he's 2.5).  (ETA: I don't mean that other kids are "troublemakers" just that he is really much less "physical" than other kids his age.  He's pretty quiet and content to sit still and read books for most of the day.)

 

But yea, you won't need to worry about it :)


Edited by jbk21 - 9/22/11 at 9:45pm
post #3 of 7

I agree.  The baby won't get into anything before 3-4 months.

post #4 of 7

Yup, I agree with this.  I've only ever done minimal baby-proofing as well.  I have 2 locked cabinets in the kitchen and safety outlets, that's it.  Neither of my babies went anywhere before 7-10mo (while some babies do crawl early, it's rarely before 5-6mo).
 

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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

None.  Don't do a thing!   Baby won't move, and honestly we didn't "babyproof" until after DS was mobile and could see what the problem areas were.  My philosophy re: babyproofing in general is that it is often overdone- we opted to allow DS to explore and exercise his curiosity, so we didn't lock up all the cabinets or anything like that (just a select few that housed things like food processor blades, etc.  We were with him constantly, so we just kept a careful eye and would put things up as we went if it seemed that he was going to get into trouble with them.  Worked well for us shrug.gif  He isn't much of a troublemaker, so he hasn't been too hard to handle (he's 2.5).  (ETA: I don't mean that other kids are "troublemakers" just that he is really much less "physical" than other kids his age.  He's pretty quiet and content to sit still and read books for most of the day.)

 

But yea, you won't need to worry about it :)



 

post #5 of 7

I wouldn't do anything at that house, either. I have a 4 yr old and a 19 month old, and the extent of my childproofing is sharp/fragile/poisonous things out of reach, outlet covers, and a door knob cover on the front door (4 yr old can reach it, baby can't). Oh, and two rubber bands wrapped around the pantry doors and the cabinet where the trash can is. Those are more for my sanity than safety, though.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks, guys!
 

This is what I was thinking, too... I just was like "am I being totally naive to think I don't have to babyproof anything?!?"
 

Looks like I can escape that process, for now at least!

post #7 of 7

No, you won't need to do anything.  Once baby can pull up on things, open things, pull things down, crawl, etc. that's when you need to be careful.  Usually that is around 6-8 months, but could be earlier or later.

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