Babyproofing has been heavy on mind lately. Ever since Giuseppe and I took the ‘Babysaver’ class at Hoag Hospital (when I was nine months pregnant and a little frazzled) I have been dreading babyproofing my home. According to the Babysaver class, our home is the most dangerous place for a child, with mortal danger lurking around every corner. In order to keep our child alive, the nurse informed us that we must lock and hide every single medicinal- and cosmetics-related item, remove all electronics from the premises, get rid of all of our glassware and silverware, keep the garbage cans outside, turn off the hot water heater, lock the toilets, and strap the baby to our bodies until he’s 10 years old. I then decided that we should seriously consider purchasing a large glass box and keeping the baby there until he’s 18. My advice: Don’t ever take a ‘Babysaver’ class. Take a CPR class instead and call it a day.
So, babyproofing. I don’t even know where to begin; it seems like an impossible task. Just looking around, I know that I need to: cut the loops on the cords to the blinds and add safety tassels and inner cord loops, install locks on the bathroom and kitchen cabinets, install toilet locks, lower the hot water heater temperature, cover the tub spout, and plug the electrical wall sockets. But what about the random electrical cords that are not covered by heavy furniture? And what kind of babyproofing gear is the best? I think that I need to put up a baby gate to separate our main living area and bedrooms/bathrooms. Do I need to lock up all cosmetics, including, say, my facial moisturizer? In the kitchen, can I leave the pots and pans unlocked? (I remember that my little brother used to play with them as a baby. Then again, my mother was not that worried about this sort of thing.) Aah!
I looked on Babycenter.com and found this link. Which was helpful, but made me feel like a neglectful mother. I was supposed to do all of this BEFORE the baby came? Whoa now. I was proud to have my nursery ready. I thought that babyproofing was supposed to be done before the baby became mobile. Which is why I am freaking out now about this. Paolo is 6 months old and is just now starting to roll around and scoot just a little bit. Enough to make me nervous, though. Even though I never let him out of my sight, that nurse convinced me of the speedy sneakiness of little guys.
As a first time mamma, I am really in need of advice. What is the best way to babyproof your home? What I am missing? What is excessive?