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Baby Proofing Time

By Melissa Moog, Founder of Itsabelly Baby Concierge,  www.itsa-belly.com

When your little one doesn't want to be in your arms for more than a minute and starts testing his mobility this is a good sign that baby proofing time is near. This usually happens when your baby is about 4-6 months old and is starting to crawl. You'll want to check high traffic areas in your home where you spend the most time for danger zones. Here are a few things Itsabelly recommends when trying to reduce the amount of danger your baby is exposed to. Please note that no baby proofing gadget can ever guarantee your child is 100% safe - keeping a watchful eye will be the best baby proofing possible! Itsabelly always recommends that an adult be present and watching baby in any space of your home.

*Tips*

**Protection from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning**
*You can't see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill
a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating making it difficult for people to detect. It usually comes from gas appliances in the kitchen, furnace, water heater and the car in garage areas. You should install a carbon monoxide detector 10-15 feet away from any fuel burning appliance and in every sleeping area. Special Note: When on vacation you can install a detector in boats, campers and tents to make sure there is no danger of carbon monoxide lurking in the air.

*Toy Safety*
Small toys are notorious as choking hazards for babies. This easy tip helps you sort out which toys should be kept away from baby's reach. Take a toilet paper tube and see if any toys fit into the tube. If so the toy is too small and your child could choke on it. Toilet paper tube is 4.5 cm (1 6/8") in diameter - any toy or object that fits inside this tube can be a choking hazard to your child. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has reported many deaths of babies and children who have choked on objects slightly larger than 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter so the toilet paper tube provides a good measurement.

*Electrical Safety*
Use an electrical outlet or socket cover to protect little fingers or small objects from going into the outlets through out your home. Use an electrical power cord encasement to tuck cords away where baby can't reach them.

*Furniture Safety*
Use an Anti-tip Furniture Strap that bolts furniture to the wall so it doesn’t fall on your child if they are pulling on it.

*Baby Gates*
Use a sturdy baby gate, which mounts to the wall with screws at the top of the stairs to protect your child from injury. Pressure mounted gates are NOT recommended for the top of the stairs because they are not secure enough.

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