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When A was a baby, we kind of slacked in the baby proofing department. Sure, we covered the outlets, and we used a baby gate as needed. And, of course, all cleaners and hazardous materials were placed safely from his reach. But, that was the extent of it.

He opened and closed cabinets at his whim, pots and pans all a strew. I cringe looking back at the death trap of a coffee table we had. And, it took me entirely too long to part ways with the various fragile decor around the house.

But, during the peak age of baby proofing, our house was on the market… for a year. I can tell you right now that hundreds of latches on every single door in your home don’t make for promising showings. So, we made do without.

Here we are with E in the throes of curiosity and mischievousness. He is mobile and fast, and I feel like I’m a first time parent again. A new house and new obstacles.

I think it’s safe to say we need to look at some more traditional methods.

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We need new baby gates. Ones for stairs and one for wide openings. We need latches for cabinets and potties, and more outlet covers. Forget plugging anything in to visible outlets. E will find them and try to eat them. Really, I could just use another set of eyes… and hands.

Looking back, I can’t fathom how we survived without baby proofing every square inch of our house when it seems so necessary now. Perhaps that’s the difference in one versus two kids. It’s hard to keep a constant eye on two moving objects that rarely coincide with the same direction.

Over the years, I’ve had multiple people, including strangers, tell me that A is the most active child they’ve seen. I’m never sure if that’s a compliment or code for GOOD LUCK! But, as E becomes more and more mobile, I’m not sure that he isn’t going to follow big bro’s lead. He is on the move. He is quick. And, he is up to no good.

No more waiting. Time to corral these kiddos.

Any recommendations on your favorite brands or items for baby proofing?

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Comment by Marcia Fowler on December 11, 2013 at 6:19am

I feel like they grow so quickly that baby proofing ends up being a full time job. I can imagine your son climbing over the table/chairs gate you have in your picture. Sometimes you don't have to worry as much about those really active kids. They climb, fall, get right back up. If you lock up a lower cabinet they're just going to climb on the counter to get to the upper cabinets. It can be exhausting but amazing, too.

One thing I'm always cautious of is the drawstrings that hang for blinds/shades. We have shades that don't have any strings hanging. And make sure you childproof the stove as much as possible. Also, keep your front door locked when you shower so your child doesn't escape to use the tree in the front yard as a urinal. I've also learned not to rely on an older sibling to keep an eye on a younger sibling. Have fun. Your son sounds like he'll keep you in shape!

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